National trade publication honors Dr. Stephen Beck for leading positive change

Cincinnati, OH (Oct. 27, 2014) – Dr. Stephen Beck, chief medical information officer at Mercy Health, has been recognized by Health IT Outcomes magazine as one of its inaugural Health IT Change Agents. Dr. Beck’s contributions in health information technology (IT) will be highlighted in the magazine’s November issue along with other recognized change agents.

“We asked our readers to nominate individuals driving positive change using health IT and Dr. Beck’s name and accomplishments were submitted by numerous industry admirers,” said Ken Congdon, editor-in-chief of Health IT Outcomes.

Beck has played a key role in Mercy Health’s installation and use of the CarePATH electronic health record system and its MyChart patient portal. He also serves on health IT advisory boards, presents at national conferences, writes for trade journals, and educates via media interviews.

“I am humbled and honored to be recognized as part of a group of people who are leading efforts to enhance healthcare by improving and expanding use of technology,” Beck said. “I view our work as vitally important as we strive to make lives better for those we serve.”

According to Health IT Outcomes, a Health IT Change Agent must:

• Push conventional health IT boundaries, challenge the status quo, lead the charge for positive change through health IT, and be highly influential;
• Have a clear vision and effectively communicate this vision with others; and
• Be knowledgeable about health IT and lead by example.

Health IT Outcomes reported: “There’s no denying it. The U.S. healthcare system is in dire need of repair. Health IT will be a huge part of the solution, but it must constantly evolve to meet the needs of the market, providers, and patients. That’s where a select group of individuals and organizations comes in. These visionaries push the boundaries of what can be done with health IT and lead the charge for positive change. We call these influential few Health IT Change Agents.”