Joseph M Kunisch

PhD, RN-BC, CPHQ
Enterprise Director of Clinical Quality Informatics- Regulatory Performance
Memorial Hermann Health System
Masters in Nursing Clinical Informatics and PhD in Clinical Science with a Health Information Technology focus Recognition award from the University of Colorado Denver for Outstanding PhD Student Adjunct Assistant Professor for The University of Texas Health Science Center School of Biomedical Informatics Over 12 years of bedside clinical experience in Critical Care Nursing and using electronic health records in the practice of patient care Over 5 years’ experience as a clinical informatics specialist involved in all aspects of EHR system life cycle including, builds, implementation and educating clinicians 6 years’ experience leading a large health care system department responsible for: • Implementing electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQM) including developing the EHR interface to capture discrete data, workflow redesign and educating practicing clinicians • Manual abstraction of all clinical quality measures and patient safety indicators required by regulatory programs • Leading 3 separate eCQM feasibility projects under a partnership between Memorial Hermann Health System and Mathematica Policy Research for The Joint Commission and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. • Facilitating a discussion about the feasibility of a Health Information Technology Patient Safety eCQM for The Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Active participant in the HL7 Clinical Quality Information workgroup Active participant in the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) & Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) Quality Data Model Workgroup Current committee member on the HIMSS Quality and Patient Safety Committee

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