Monday, May 14, 2012

For Immediate Release: #LiveTheGoLive via Live Tweeting

Chief Medical Information Officer Invites Public Inside Go-Live Experience Via Social Media

Dr. John Showalter, Chief Medical Information Officer at the University of Mississippi Medical Center is preparing to implement a fully integrated electronic health record on June 1, 2012. Thought to be the largest single-day go-live to date, 20+ applications will be implemented at 5 hospitals and 95 clinics throughout central Mississippi. As June 1 approaches, Showalter is sharing his experiences and insights on popular social media sites in an effort to demystify the “big bang go live.”

May 14, 2012

JACKSON, Miss. – John Showalter, MD will be live Tweeting his experiences as CMIO during the upcoming big bang go-live. On June 1, 2012, Showalter will lead the implementation of 24 applications at 5 hospitals and 95 clinics with over 6,500 users in the University of Mississippi Health System.

Showalter will be Tweeting from @JohnShowalterMD and using #LiveTheGoLive to convey the experience of the CMIO before, during, and after a go-live. He will also be fielding questions submitted via Twitter and engaging in discussions on Facebook at

‘While many healthcare leaders realize that a big bang go-live is technologically best for their institution, they remain apprehensive because of the operational challenges,’ Showalter said. ‘I am sure we will have our share of challenges, but I hope that by being open and honest about my experience, others will have less anxiety about large scale go-lives. Ultimately, it’s about doing what’s best for our patients and the community we serve.’

Showalter’s Twitter and Facebook communications will be separate from the official UMMC Twitter and Facebook updates.

Showalter has already begun Tweeting his take on the implementation process. He will continue to dialogue on both Twitter and Facebook leading up to and following go-live on June 1, 2012.

About John Showalter:
Showalter is a board certified Internal Medicine physician. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Information Systems and completed fellowship training in Medical Informatics. Showalter joined the University of Mississippi Medical Center last year to assist in leading the implementation of the electronic health record. He also practices Internal Medicine as a hospitalist.

John Showalter

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