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Colin A. Banas, MD, Selected as National Health IT Fellow

Colin A. Banas, MD, chief medical information officer for the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Health System, has been selected as a Health IT Fellow by the Office of the Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). Dr. Banas is among 15 providers and administrators selected for this national honor following a rigorous nomination process by ONC.

Fellows provide insight and critical feedback regarding clarity and effectiveness of resources, tools and other technical assistance initiatives provided by the ONC. In addition, fellows serve as champions in their provider and practice communities on a local, state and national scale. In this role, Dr. Banas will lend his voice and experience regarding ways providers can leverage health IT to improve patient engagement and experience in the delivery of patient care, making meaningful use “meaningful.”

“Dr. Banas is a physician expert in health IT. His selection as a health IT fellow speaks to this understanding of the important role electronic health records play in the delivery of healthcare,” said Donald A. Glozer, MHA, FACHE, president and CEO, VHQC. “

Dr. Banas is an active member of the medical and health IT communities at the state and national level. In 2013, he was appointed to the VHQC Board of Directors. VHQC serves as the Health IT Regional Extension Center and the Quality Improvement Organization for Virginia. Dr. Banas is also a member of the American College of Physician Executives, American Medical Association and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

Dr. Banas has worked for the VCU Health System (VCUHS) for nearly 10 years in the Department of Internal Medicine, as Medical Director of the Department of Care Coordination, and most recently as Chief Medical Information Officer. Under his leadership, VCUHS has successfully attested to meaningful use stage one in both the eligible hospital and eligible provider settings.

To track progress for nearly 500 outpatient providers and an 800-bed hospital, Dr. Banas worked with his team to develop an innovative dashboard that pulls data directly from the EHR. This allows providers and staff to track progress on meaningful use measures in real time.

Specializing as a hospitalist in Internal Medicine, Dr. Banas received his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School and a master’s in Health Administration from VCU. He earned a bachelor’s in Biological Sciences from the University of Virginia. He was recently recognized as one of the top 25 clinical informaticists by Modern Healthcare magazine

How are the Health IT Fellows selected?

Fellows are nominated due to their stature as recognized health IT leaders in their communities, and ONC based its selection on a variety of factors, including:

  • Experience in leveraging Meaningful Use.
  • How that experience can help other clinicians and office staffs replicate solutions to common problems.
  • Read more about ONC’s Health IT Fellows program.

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