3 thoughts with Dr. Michael Mirro on misconceptions in health IT, inspiring innovation and a good book

In this special Speaker Series, Becker's Healthcare caught up with Michael Mirro, MD, chief academic and research officer at Parkview Health in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Dr. Mirro will speak on a panel during the Becker's Hospital Review 4th Annual Health IT + Revenue Cycle Conference titled "The Social and Financial Impacts of the Opioid epidemic," at  11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20. Learn more about the event and register to attend in Chicago.

Question: What's the best thing you've read lately? 

Dr. Michael Mirro: Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman, PhD, a pioneer in behavioral economics and Nobel laureate. This work explains how the experienced physician deploys a rapid decision making process to make decisions — particularly in specialty care — and the need to manage the exceptional cases with thoughtful reflection and search for additional data and information. A must read for anyone exploring the role of machine learning in healthcare.

Q: What's the biggest misconception about health IT?

MM: That enterprise health IT systems designed on administrative data sets —such as billing or charge capture — can be morphed into usable products to provide robust clinical care with adequate clinician buy in and workflow. My analogy is that the airline industry decided to reconfigure avionics software to fly their planes to perform HR functions for employee evaluation, [which] probably will not work or crash the aircraft.

Q: How do you promote innovation within your organization? 

MM: I have had the opportunity to work with fellow leaders to launch a systemwide innovation program. Thus, activity has transformed the culture of all coworkers and given tremendous energy to all staff, particularly at the bedside. The passion to create improved care and a supportive patient experience has been inspiring.

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