Executive Vice President of Medical Informatics and Patient Safety

CHIME (College of Healthcare Information Management Executives)
William Bria, MD is the Executive Vice President of Medical Informatics and Patient Safety for CHIME. He is co-founder and board chairman of the Association of Medical Directors of Information System, AMDIS. He served as president of the Medical Information Systems Physicians Association. In 2010, he was presented with the Physician IT Leadership Award from HIMSS. From 2006 to 2012, he was the chief medical information officer at Shriners Hospital for Children. Bria directed the medical informatics plan for the 22-hospital system, which has hospitals across the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
Medical informatics and patient safety
additional information
"Even if we ….. creatively derive a universal number (nationally or internationally), we would still have this mountain of information behind this number. If it isn’t usable, what is the point?"

"This challenge is not only a computing challenge, it is also the challenge of enabling a human being to review and absorb the information available on a patient."

key insights
  • 1. USE OF AVAILABLE DATA: Successful application/use of a synchronizing master number is the critical end goal of identification: Identifying a patient, finding their data, and aggregating are all st
  • 2. DATA SET SELECTION: There must be a way to identify for various use cases which data is most relevant. At the point of care, providers need the subset of data from the patient’s entire life that i
  • 3. DIGESTIBLE DATA: Data must be presented in a digestible format. At the point of care, the data must be presented in a format that is easily and quickly understood and supports the provider to trus
  • 4. PRIVACY ISSUE: a. People have a very personal bias about how they want their information used. This can include being embarrassed about a disease condition (eg. venereal disease) or personal hist
  • a. Lack of information on a patient reduces patient outcomes. Treatment can be delayed to wait for tests that might already have been run. Running tests more than once can be harmful to the patient