Season 4: Episode #117

Podcast with Brian Davis, CHCIO, Chief Information Officer, Magnolia Regional Health Center

"Even in a small market, we’re looking to utilize technology to expand access to care while improving outcomes and quality."

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In this episode, Brian Davis discusses the perfect storm of competition for patients, labor, and medical supplies that even a small hospital in remote Mississippi, such as Magnolia Regional Medical Center now faces. Brian describes Magnolia as a large ambulatory facility that happens to own a hospital. He explains how he uses federal grants and state programs for rural broadband access to drive telehealth and improve technology adoption among patients and caregivers.

As a long-time user of Meditech EHR, Brian talks about their deep commitment to Meditech and their efforts to build mobile experiences for patients and caregivers. He also shares his thoughts on the recent Meditech partnership with Google Health. Brian shares his excitement on the emerging technologies such as voice in making care accessible and convenient for consumers. He also muses on how emerging entrants, less limited by geographic boundaries, could be extremely disruptive to their primary care services and, ultimately their referral path into their specialty services. Take a listen.  

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Show Notes

00:27Tell us a little about the Magnolia Regional Health Center and the populations that you serve.
03:42Tell us how you make technology choices and what makes your challenges unique?
06:03What does digital transformation mean in your context?
09:15 When you talk about telehealth, can you give us an example of what you've implemented that benefits your patient population and your providers?
10:57You’re a Meditech shop and they recently signed a partnership with Google. What do you make of that and how will that impact your roadmap with Meditech?
16:03 What are the competitive forces you see emerging for a somewhat insulated regional health system like yours and how do you prepare to meet them?
19:57 You talked about several technologies that you use to transform the patient experience. What about things like automation? Have you deployed those to address the labor shortage in particular?
23:31 What are the challenges that you have to overcome to make sure that the investments are well thought-through, and well deployed while delivering results in the shortest possible time?
24:41What are your big priorities for 2022?

About our guest

Brian Davis is Chief Information Officer of Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth, MS, where he oversees all the information systems for the 200-bed medical center and 21 medical offices. He is a CHIME Certified Health CIO with over 15 years of healthcare IT experience. Brian has been instrumental in leveraging technology at Magnolia in innovative ways to consistently deliver business value, whether by creating competitive advantage, optimizing business processes, enabling growth or improving relationships with customers.

Magnolia Regional Health Center earned a 2021 Most Wired designation for both acute and ambulatory services. He holds a Master of Science degree in Information Technology Management focused in Computer/Information Technology Administration and Management from Western Governors University.

About the host

Paddy is the co-author of Healthcare Digital Transformation – How Consumerism, Technology and Pandemic are Accelerating the Future (Taylor & Francis, Aug 2020), along with Edward W. Marx. Paddy is also the author of the best-selling book The Big Unlock – Harnessing Data and Growing Digital Health Businesses in a Value-based Care Era (Archway Publishing, 2017). He is the host of the highly subscribed The Big Unlock podcast on digital transformation in healthcare featuring C-level executives from the healthcare and technology sectors. He is widely published and has a by-lined column in CIO Magazine and other respected industry publications.

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