When David and Goliath Work Together: On the Call with Dr. Peter Barrett
The one word that most in healthcare would never associate with HIMSS: small. The conference's immense scope of educational sessions and solution demonstrations can be staggering especially for those in attendance representing independent or solo practices. That being said, it would be a tremendous error to assume that smaller healthcare organizations do not have as much to gain in attending HIMSS as their larger counterparts as there are countless opportunities for strong vendor partnerships to be created in the lecture hallways and on exhibitor floor.
As part of our "Countdown to HIMSS'16" series, we spoke with Dr. Peter Barrett, practice owner of Penn Ankle & Foot Care, Reading, PA. Our hope was to learn more about the life of a solo practice, as well as how he worked on the ICD-10 transition with Cerner, one of the largest players in the healthcare industry.
Some of the subjects we discussed included:
- his reasoning behind creating his practice;
- his lack of initial concerns regarding ICD-10;
- Cerner's comprehensive efforts to assist his practice with the ICD-10 transition;
- the confusion around ICD-10 that persists today within the industry.
(Editor’s note: To hear audio excerpts of this interview, click on the media player buttons that run throughout this article.)