Published on February 22, 2011

Baptist Memorial Health Care Appoints First Chief Medical Information Officer

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Dr. John Brown recently was named chief medical information officer for Baptist Memorial Health Care, a newly created position.

He will be responsible for overseeing physician input and participation in the hospitals implementation of the electronic medical record. According to the federal government, all hospitals must have certain components of the electronic medical record in place by 2015.

Baptist has rolled out the EMR initiative in six of its 14 affiliate hospitals, with plans to implement it at the rest of the hospitals by 2013.

In 2005, Baptist began a multi-year project to implement the EMR, which gives health care providers access to patient records from any location at any time and eliminates all manual documentation, with the goal of increased accuracy and ultimately enhanced patient care. EMR provides real-time results and alerts for changes in patients conditions, medication needs and overall care.

"With Dr. Browns extensive experience in health information technology and in the practice of medicine, he is the perfect choice to oversee the physician input portion of the EMR," said Dr. Richard Drewry, vice president and chief medical officer for Baptist Memorial Health Care. "Physician input and collaboration is key to the continued success of the EMR initiative, and Dr. Brown will facilitate communication among physicians, clinical staff, information management and hospital leadership to strengthen patient care."


Before coming to Baptist, Brown served as director of clinical content development and director of clinical informatics at T-System, Inc.., a company that specializes in emergency medicine electronic documentation solutions. During his time there, he created and led the implementation of two new product lines.

He served as the first elected chairman of The Section of Computers of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Brown also served on the Emergency Care Special Interest Group for H7, a global authority on standards for interoperability of health information technology. The group wrote standards to be used for certification of health information technology products.

A graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., Brown earned two bachelor's degrees—one in chemistry and the other in computer science. He received his medical degree from the University of Indiana School of Medicine in Indianapolis. Brown completed his residency in emergency medicine at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Brown practiced emergency medicine for 27 years and is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow in the American College of Emergency Physicians.

One of the largest not-for-profit health care systems in the United States, Baptist Memorial Health Care offers a full continuum of care to communities throughout the Mid-South. The Baptist system, which consistently ranks among the top integrated health care networks in the nation, comprises 14 affiliate hospitals in West Tennessee, North Mississippi and East Arkansas; more than 4,000 affiliated physicians; home, hospice and psychiatric care; minor medical centers and clinics; a network of surgery, rehabilitation and other outpatient centers; and an education system highlighted by the Baptist College of Health Sciences. Baptist has more than 2,600 licensed beds systemwide, employs more than 12,000 people and has approximately 85,000 admissions annually.

For more information about Baptist, please visit or call 800-4-BAPTIST.


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