Grand Junction doctor named Health IT Fellow

Gregory Reicks, a Grand Junction doctor who has led regional efforts to use information technology to improve health care, has been named a Health IT Fellow.

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT announced Reicks’ selection to a group of volunteer health care professionals who promote the use of information technology and help providers to do so. Fellows are selected for their proficiency in using information technology to improve care.

“One of the things I hope to accomplish through this program is to advance the notion that health IT isn’t about the technology. It’s about the health of the individuals and communities we serve,” Reicks said.

A family doctor for 25 years, Reicks practices with Foresight Family Physicians. He is both a participant and leader in the Colorado Beacon Consortium, a group of four organizations working to improve the quality and efficiency of health care services — starting in a seven-county region of Western Colorado that includes Mesa County.

Reicks serves as president of the Mesa County Physicians Independent Practice Association and chairman of Quality Health Networks, a regional health information exchange. The association and exchange belong to the consortium along with St. Mary’s Hospital and Rocky Mountain Health Plans.

In addition, Reicks belongs to the Mesa County Medical Society, Colorado Academy of Family Practice and American College of Physician Executives.

“All of the Western Colorado leadership — especially those involved in the Colorado Beacon Consortium — are excited for Greg. There’s no question he deserves this recognition,” said Patrick Gordon, executive director of the consortium. “But frankly, we are even more excited for the ONC and for those practices who will benefit from Greg’s knowledge, expertise, experience and passion.”

Reicks said he’s looking forward to his role as a Health IT Fellow. “In Western Colorado, involvement with Beacon has given us the IT tools to accelerate practice transformation and enhance the way we take care of patients — and to do it in a sustainable way. I look forward to sharing the lessons learned.”