Dr. Henry Chueh shares his entrepreneurial journey, passion for using informatics to transform healthcare delivery, and his exciting work at Pri-Med.
The ModernMD: Dr. Henry Chueh
Dr. Henry Chueh, MD, MS, is Chief of the Division of Biomedical Informatics at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). His research focuses on innovations in specialized electronic health records and the use of informatics to transform the delivery of health care. Henry is in on the clinical advisory team for Pri-Med InLight EHR, a completely new type of EHR that thinks like a doctor. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School and is a practicing internist.
“A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.” – Wayne Gretzky
White Coat to Business Suit:
Dr. Chueh was always intrigued by the power of information technology to transform healthcare delivery and pursed a fellowship in clinical informatics at Massachusetts General Hospital. Henry became the Director of the Lab of Computer Science at Massachusetts General Hospital and led many system level Electronic Health Record (EHR) innovation projects. Dr. Chueh saw the potential of a start-up vehicle to translate these innovations from the lab and make them more broadly available. Listen as he shares his exciting journey launching Pri-Med InLight EHR!
What is your advice to academics physicians interested in healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship?
Step outside of academic setting and to broadly scale your innovations!
Idea to Venture:
The Idea: Can an electronic health record really think like a doctor? Listen as Dr. Henry Chueh shares his innovative work at Pri-Med InLight EHR as they build a new type of problem based EHR with smart decision support that learns how your practice and helps your more efficiently treat patients.
Challenges: Translating and building the initial core feature sets for all different physician practice models.
Success: Building EHR that efficiently works in Direct Primary Care, Fee-For-Service and Concierge models.
Insights: Most physicians treat patients with a problem based approach. The most important feature set for fee-for-service is EHR that allows you to use the problem-based approach to effectively and efficiently bill. Direct Primary Care and Concierge care are driven by the prized patient-doctor relationship and care more about efficient documentation.
Best Advice: In life, there are two kinds of balls, the kinds that bounce and the kinds that shatter. Never loose attention on the glass balls that shatter.
Daily Success Habit: Sets aside morning quite time to focus on tackling his most challenging problems and uses first principles with no assumptions or constraints to think outside of the box.
Direct Primary Care: Delivering primary care in a direct fashion to patients and consumers without the third party insurer model.
Consumer: Empowering patients to drive outcomes outside of the doctors office that focus on prevention.
Technology: Interoperability within in healthcare with more openness.