Julie Hall-Barrow uses IT innovation to remove barriers to care

Dr. Julie Hall-Barrow, senior vp of Network Development and Innovation at Children’s Health in Dallas, mentioned she did not plan on a profession that included IT as a element.

“It kind of found me,” she mentioned. “I get so enthusiastic about how know-how could make life higher for kids and I look ahead to creating extra alternatives for bettering outcomes and entry for all sufferers.

Hall-Barrow was recruited to Children’s Health about 5 years in the past as part of a strategic deal with inhabitants well being. She has 20 years’ expertise below her belt in distance training and care from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Children’s Health was telemedicine as a technique to preserve sufferers wholesome, and for general inhabitants well being. Hall-Barrow grew to become one in all its largest proponents.

“My expertise in telemedicine and integrated delivery models was a key factor for Children’s Health in creating networks of care that are not traditional,” she mentioned.

One of Hall-Barrow’s large pushes has been to get reimbursement for telemedicine within the faculties so youngsters can get identified extra shortly. She labored with state authorities to change the school-based telemedicine program.

The program previously stipulated that the college nurse may ship low acuity care by means of connection to a supplier, however that main care doctor had to be the PCP of report for the affected person. Now, any supplier can invoice a school-based program and Medicare pays for it.

In pediatric emergency medication, a telehealth ER program permits sufferers to get care from their native supplier, lowering transportation prices and permitting extra mother and father and kids to keep collectively at dwelling.

Anything that reduces barriers to care is sweet for each sufferers and suppliers, she mentioned.

Hall-Barrow additionally works with the Medicaid inhabitants.

“I had many opportunities to extend education and healthcare in a predominantly high Medicaid population with limited access to care,” she mentioned. “Through this work, I was able to share lessons learned, successes and opportunities as chair of the Pediatric Special Interest Group within the American Telemedicine Association.”

Hall-Barrow is a school member in each the College of Nursing and School of Public Health.

Women in Health IT

Though she has been profitable, there have been key moments, Hall-Barrow mentioned, when being a girl was not a bonus.

“In the male dominated field, it took bold statements to many of our vendors to make sure they understood who was making the decisions,” she mentioned. “Many times they would want to defer to the IT lead who was usually male versus listening to me – so being bold and standing my ground was advantageous.”

Her recommendation to different ladies within the discipline is, “Don’t be afraid to speak up. I think many times in a male-dominated room – females may not feel confident to share their opinion. No one can read your mind, so if you don’t share your thoughts and ideas – everyone will assume that you don’t have any.”

Hall-Barrow, together with Dr. David McSwain, chief medical data officer of the Medical University of South Carolina, are scheduled to converse at HIMSS19 on Tuesday, February 12, from 10:30-11:30 a.m., in room W307A of the Orlando County Convention Center.

Twitter: @SusanJMorse
Email the author: susan.morse@himssmedia.com

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