Sutter's Dr. David K. Butler on EMR-enabled transformation

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Dr. David K. Butler

Dr. David K. Butler came to healthcare as a digital native, unwilling to accept the paper-based status quo. In about a decade he went from using Microsoft Word to make medical notes legible to being named Epic Systems Physician of the Year for his contributions to the field of EMR implementation and optimization.

Butler is VP of EHR Optimization and Transformation at Sutter Health. In this podcast interview, I asked him to share his opinions and expertise. You’ll hear interesting perspectives on workflow, video games, and more.

  • (0:13) You went into medicine to be a practicing physician. How did you get interested in EMRs?
  • (2:58) EMR implementation has supporters but also detractors. What do you say to people who complain that EMRs have ruined the practice of medicine?
  • (6:36) In a decade you went from your first insight on electronic record keeping to being name Epic Physician of the year. How did it happen? What does it mean?
  • (9:32) How do video games fit into your view of how an EMR should operate?
  • (12:50) You work near Silicon Valley. What are you seeing from startup companies there? How do you advise them?
  • (16:18) What changes do providers need to make in EMR utilization as they shift from fee-for-service to value based payments?

By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group.

4 thoughts on “Sutter's Dr. David K. Butler on EMR-enabled transformation”

  1. So sad that a highly trained physician would find more financial and professional satisfaction in just being and IT jockey. Sadder still that docs who are the “thought leaders” sell out the real docs. This has resulted in phsicians being reduced to glorified data entry clerks. EHR is not about patient care its about reimbursement. We all know this.No EHR anywhere ever saved a single life. On the other hand, they have put many a hospital on the brink of bankruptcy. Any doc who can needs to just walk away from Medicare and health insurance.

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