Congratulations to Keith Howell, MD, who has achieved a Clinical Informatics Sub-Specialty Certification from the American Board of Preventative Medicine.
This certification recognizes physicians who improve patient care through analyzing, designing, implementing, and evaluating information and communication systems. Dr. Howell, who joined us as an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology in the Division of Multispecialty Anesthesiology in August, was eligible for the certification as a result of having significant clinical responsibility and experience in the field.
Dr. Howell dedicated part of his time to working as a physician informaticist while at Virginia Commonwealth University for nearly 8 years, using technology to improve workflow and patient care with the goal of minimizing unnecessary interruptions and improving the flow of information to clinicians in real time.
He also has extensive experience with Cerner software systems, which he used to develop and implement an electronic pre-anesthetic evaluation, design and implement Surginet Anesthesia, and he eventually replaced all preoperative software systems with Cerner’s Surging Surgical Suite at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Howell also has extensive experience with Draeger Innovian, an anesthesiology information management system.
In the future, Dr. Howell hopes to continue to use analytics and metrics to improve workflow, patient outcomes, and quality of care, as well as to develop predictive clinical decision support.