Pamela Watson


Pamela is a Clinical Systems Analyst at Methodist Healthcare in Memphis.  In her 23 years in healthcare, 17 have been in Health Information Technology where she’s served in various capacities including HIM Director, Application Services Manager, EMR implementation, core architect and security, and training.  She served on the HIMSS HIE inPractice Task Force for interoperability and HIE and has seen both the rewards and roadblocks related to health information exchange; yet, she supports interoperability and patient-centric care.

She has a MEd in Curriculum Instruction for adult learners and a BS in Health Information Management from Tennessee State University.  She’s also earned multiple Cerner certifications.  She says “as a speaker, I’m not the expert. You are!  Or, maybe you’re on the road to becoming one.  My goal is to serve you by providing relevant information for empowerment.”  She has one six year old son, Jonah and enjoys writing and philanthropy.


Presentation Details

Has Meaningful Use Left You Feeling Used Up?

The topic of “Has Meaningful Use Left You Feeling Used Up?” addresses Meaningful Use fatigue, its underlying causes, and how to resolve or lessen the fatigue.  While the topic is serious and is experienced throughout the US, the delivery of the content is geared toward motivation with a little fun in effort to lighten what has been heavy for many.  Emerging challenges stemming from Meaningful Use and interoperability will be addressed including patient matching, health information exchange, maintenance, and more.  Experiences and successes will also be shared.  Information from this session can be used by Leadership, Information Systems, Health Information Management (HIM), operational areas, and clinicians to understand and regroup and ultimately reduce the multiple challenges that add to fatigue.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine a 2013 prediction by an industry leader about Meaningful Use fatigue
  • Discuss signs of Meaningful Use fatigue
  • Identify challenges that added to the fatigue
  • Learn the impact Meaningful Use has had on patients and others
  • Identify ways to reduce and/or workaround such challenges