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Rich Branch

Community Project Manager - West Central Ohio

As the former Director of Information Systems at Mercer Health in Coldwater, Ohio, Rich Branch brings practical experience in the implementation of information systems in both hospitals and practices to the Ohio Health Information Partnership. With more than 30 years of experience in Healthcare IT, Rich is the CliniSync Liaison who works directly with our internal health information exchange team to bring the first hospitals, physician practices, labs and other healthcare entities into the exchange. As CliniSync expands to counties across state lines, Rich will work with physicians in Indiana and Kentucky.

At Mercer Health, he coordinated and supervised all functions of the Information Systems Department, including staffing, training, scheduling, security and budgeting as well as interdisciplinary collaboration with staff. His experience includes software installations and conversions, including registration, health records, order entry and billing systems. Rich also oversaw the selection and implementation of hospital-owned physician EMR systems in an effort to meet meaningful use requirements under the federal incentive program. He has experience with both financial systems as well as clinical systems, so he especially understands those systems used for lab, pharmacy, PACS medical imaging, electronic health records and physician results delivery.

Some of his past duties include being the head of the Management Information Systems Steering Committee, the HIPAA security officer for Mercer Health and an Inaugural member of the West Central Ohio Health Information Exchange board. His education includes an associate’s degree in applied science marketing from Sinclair Community College in Dayton and a B.S. in business administration from Ohio University in Athens.

Rich has seen a lot of changes in the Healthcare industry but has kept up with the pace. He says, “ I have been in health care long before there were PCs, and now clinicians are getting patient results sent to their smart phones.”

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