Contributor Dr. Philip Smith

Philip A Smith, MD

Philip A. Smith, MD, FAAFP

EXPERTISE: Strategy, Cerner EHR, CPOE, Change Leadership, Optimization, HIT Turnarounds

Dr. Phil Smith is a Board Certified Family Physician with subspecialty in Clinical Informatics. An early adopter, he automated his office practice with an electronic medical record (EMR) in 1993.  He then chaired the physician implementation committee when his local hospital deployed its clinical information system in 1995. He co-founded a business process modeling company to map out how information flows from the point of a patient recognizing a need for medical care through the fulfillment of that care.

Prior to medical school, he trained as a Physician's Assistant (PA) in Surgery. This training gave him hands-on experience across the surgical specialties and anesthesia. Not only did he run a very successful medical practice, but served as a consultant to a practice management company in improving operations of other medical practices.

Dr. Smith served as a Care Transformation consultant for Cerner Corporation from 2001-3 where he helped many hospitals optimize their systems or plan/implement CPOE.  He served nine years with the multi-hospital Adventist Health System through October 2012. While VP and Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO), the health system successfully deployed clinical information systems with CPOE, physician automation and clinical decision support. HIMSS (Health Information Management Systems Society) Analytics recognized their hospitals at either EMR Adoption Stage 6 or 7.

He also served as CMIO at The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute where he created a strategic roadmap for full deployment of the Electronic Health Record (EHR).  Through this focus, HIMSS Analytics recognized them in 2015 for achievement for EMR adoption of stage 6 for both their inpatient and ambulatory use of EHR.

Dr. Smith is the author of Making Computerized Provider Order Entry Work (Springer, UK, 2013), the first published book dedicated to CPOE.  He has coined the phrase "commoditized CPOE" and speaks regularly on the importance of managing change through attention to people and processes. He enjoys public speaking and has presented nationally for many organizations including Cerner Corporation, Hewlett-Packard, and Denison Consulting.  He holds an active medical license in the State of Florida.  He obtained his M.D. and M.S. at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, and his Bachelor of Science from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He chairs the Clinical Informatics Maintenance of Certification Committee nationally for AMIA. He is a senior editor for

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