Posts tagged ‘Roger Chabra’

HITECH – One Year Later

This Healthleaders Media article examines the efficacy of Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act after its one year anniversary.  Built on other Health IT initiatives originating in 2004, HITECH Act incorporates monetary incentives to encourage health professionals to adopt electronic health records and to utilize more health information technology.

In the wording of the law, “eligible professionals” must demonstrate “meaningful use” of a certified EMR in 2011 in order to receive incentive payments of up to $44,000 from Medicare and $65,000 from Medicaid per individual physician – to help cover the cost of EMR adoption.

And while there are ongoing debates about privacy issues and the effectiveness of digitization, one of the main goals of the project seems to be portability: the ability to have a individual’s medical history readily available to any physician where ever/when ever that individual seeks treatment.  This is the ideal that Dr. H. Walter Kaess and Dr. Roger Chabra spoke of when I interviewed them recently.  GE has illustrated this idea dynamically in its recent commercials for EMRs that have been airing recently.

But what does this all mean for physicians?  How is the Health IT market working with physicians to deliver on the promise of portability without any cost to caring for patients or impeding the physician’s workflow?

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March 12, 2010 at 9:01 am 1 comment

Introducing the OpNote Consultants: Dr. H. Walter Kaess

While creating our surgical reporting product, the OpNote, we at mTuitive have been working with many highly skilled surgeons.  These surgeons are from a diverse group of specialties and backgrounds and help to shape the future and efficacy of the OpNote.  We’re introducing these consultants to all of you in the coming weeks.

Dr. H. Walter Kaess attended medical school in Cologne, Germany, and Vienna, Austria, and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Cologne in 1970. He started his surgical residency at the University of Bonn and continued his training at Rhode Island Hospital, a Brown University Teaching Hospital, where he completed his residency in 1979 as Executive Chief Resident.

In 1979, he moved to Cape Cod and began his almost thirty year career at Cape Cod Hospital.  During that time he was actively involved in Medical Staff Quality Assurance committees, served as Chief of Surgery and two three-year terms on the Board of Trustees. Dr. Kaess practiced the wide range of Vascular and General Surgery, with a special interest in Breast Surgery.

How did you become interested in medicine?

You start out with a very difficult question!  But when I think about it, I think it had something to do with the fact that medicine was always familiar to me growing up because my mother was sick.  My mother spent a great deal of time in hospitals and eventually passed away.  When she got sick, I was less than 10 years old.  And when you are at that formative age, and you walk into hospitals and the smell of disinfectant becomes an everyday occurrence to you, then I think that sort of breeds a certain familiarity with medicine.

My high school advisors told me that I was good in natural sciences and that I should become a physicist – which I tried…for one semester.  But I found that much too dry.

I had always fought against going into medicine, because my father’s second wife was a medical general practitioner and everybody had expected me to go into medicine.  When you’re in that rebellious stage, you say “No Way!”  Nevertheless, at some point my interest in natural sciences and my familiarity with medicine became strong enough that I decided I wanted to go into that field.

And how did you decide to become a surgeon?

I did a mixed internship – 6 months of medicine, 6 months of surgery.  The first six months of medicine…I was bored to tears.  That was the worst rotation I’ve ever had in my life.  All people did was talk – they never did anything with the patient.  I’m not a desk person – I’m a doer!  So, all of a sudden, I went into surgery and said, “I like that!” You know, interacting with the patient, doing something.  So, I became a surgeon.

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March 9, 2010 at 11:32 am 1 comment

Introducing the OpNote Consultants: Dr. Roger N. Chabra

While creating our surgical reporting product, the OpNote, we at mTuitive have been working with many highly skilled surgeons.  These surgeons are from a diverse group of specialties and backgrounds and help to shape the future and efficacy of the OpNote.  We’re introducing these consultants to all of you in the coming weeks.

Dr. Roger Nathan Chabra graduated in 1962 from Christian Medical College of Punjab University in India.  For his post-graduate surgical training, he went to the United Kingdom and became Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh in 1969.

In 1970, he emigrated to the United States and went through a complete surgical residency program at Boston University Medical Center.  He joined Cape Cod Hospital as Attending General Surgeon in 1974 where he worked until his retirement in 2000.

During his time at Cape Cod Hospital he was on the faculty of Boston University Medical School as Clinical Instructor in Surgery and was involved in training surgical residents and medical students rotating through the hospital, which is an affiliate of the Department of Surgery at Boston University Hospital.

How did you get interested in medicine?

Where I grew up, in India, there’s a lot of influence of the parents.   In a subtle way, they decide what their children are going to be.  So there was this slow…”brainwashing” may be too strong a term.

(Laughs)

But that was going on all the time.  It was almost difficult to escape that concept.  In a country like India, you do not want to disappoint your parents, or make them unhappy because you chose something different than what they wanted.

So the die was cast, as far as I was concerned.

Why did you decide to become a surgeon?

I had surgery at a very young age.  I was in this magnificent hospital and I saw the aura around the surgeon and the nurses.   The reverence and respect they received.

“My god,” I said, “I want to be like them one of these days.”

So that drove me into surgery.  My original field was going to be chest surgery, because I had thoracic surgery done on myself.  That didn’t pan out, so instead I became a general surgeon.

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March 5, 2010 at 4:27 pm 1 comment


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