Director of Information Technology for the Florida Department of Health in Orange County
Presentation Title: Implementing Telehealth Across Multiple Counties: Overcoming SOPs and Other Logistical Challenges
Chris Collinge is the Director of Information Technology for the Florida Department of Health in Orange County. This state health department is one of 67 counties and is located in Orlando, FL. His team has developed innovative strategies for state-wide IT projects and standardizations for mobile and tablet technologies for use with their EHR system.
Mr. Collinge received a Model Practice Award from NACCHO for Qflow client tracking system. His leadership in developing systems to support medication reconciliation and clinical decision support has impacted patients across the state and helped support the work of the 18,000+ employees in the Florida Department of Health.
Mr. Collinge continues to work on behalf of patients struggling with chronic conditions and finding innovative ways to improve their quality of life. Most recently, he led an effort to develop a system that allows Orange County staff to visually monitor TB patients taking medications remotely (Video Direct Observed Therapy); a process that was previously quite costly, and often had a negative impact on a patient's daily life. Mr. Collinge states that a big part of their success is due to management's commitment to hearing staff frustrations and concerns at every step they take toward MU attestation and that this approach has ultimately led to their most innovative solutions.
Current Projects include:
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- Migration of DOH Orange data center to Windows Azure.
- Migration of ACF Qflow client flow tracking system for 12 counties to Microsoft Azure.
- Currently lead in rolling out Telehealth to DOH Florida for 67 counties.