Dr. David Willis is a practicing Family Medicine physician in Ocala, Florida. He has participated in many community and patient-focused efforts to improve the health of more than the patients he is able to see in his practice. He has served as the National Stroke Association’s Florida Chairperson for the “Ask Your Doctor” Campaign, where patients were educated on better ways to interact with their providers to lower their risk for stroke. He’s recently been invited to NSA’s Professional Advisory Board.
Dr. Willis will present during the “Health Information Exchange: Value & Practicality” panel from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. during the FRHA Educational Summit on Thursday, November 21. To register or learn more about the FRHA summit, visit: http://floridaruralhealth.org/summit/
Dr. Willis is slated to be the Medical Director for the Heart of Florida Federally Qualified Health Center, which services six healthcare access point for the underserved and under or non-insured persons of the Greater Marion County area. Utilizing a newly implemented EHR, this previously struggling population of patients is beginning to receive timely and comprehensive medical care in a true Medical Home.
Dr. Willis also serves on the Florida Medical Association’s HIT committee, which works to set policy and educate its members on healthcare technology trends, opportunities, and regulations.
In 2007, Dr. Willis helped establish Healthy Ocala, a community-based regional health information organization in North Central Florida. Garnering physician involvement and community endorsement, what Healthy Ocala started grew to become CommunityHealth IT (http://www.communityhealthit.org), of which Dr. Willis serves as the Chief Medical Information Officer. Beginning May 2012, medical information from throughout the connected healthcare system has become readily available to patients and healthcare providers wherever healthcare happens.