Lynch Named to Lead Clinical Quality and Informatics for Lee Physician Group

(Fort Myers, Fla. – Feb. 2, 2017) --- Leah Lynch, M.D., has been promoted to system medical director of clinical quality initiatives & informatics for Lee Physician Group. In her new role, Dr. Lynch will have the operational responsibility of leading the Practice Transformation Network (PTN). Funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation (CMMI), the PTN provides technical assistance for primary and specialty care practices to achieve the Triple Aim—better patient experience, better care and lower costs. This work will allow Lee Physician Group to develop skill sets to thrive in the value-based care model, which focuses on helping keep people healthy, as well as improving the health of those with chronic conditions through evidence-based, cost-effective means.

“This new role combines Dr. Lynch’s informatics, clinical and leadership skills, and will use clinical data to identify and redesign ineffective and inefficient processes that result in variations that are not value-added to the patient,” explains Scott Nygaard, M.D., MBA, Lee Health chief medical & clinical integration officer. “Dr. Lynch will work with clinicians and staff as we transition to value-based payments by providing education, tools and support to improve clinical documentation of care and reduce variations in care through practice standardization. Technology and data reporting will improve performance at the point of care in a manner that more effectively integrates with clinical workflow to achieve desired performance outcomes.”

Dr. Lynch joined Lee Physician Group as an internal medicine physician in 1995. She is board certified in both internal medicine and clinical informatics, and has served as Lee Physician Group’s Medical Director of Informatics. She earned her medical degree at the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa, Fla.; and she completed an internship and internal medicine residency at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

“I am excited and ready for the challenge to improve both the health of our patient community, and the overall experience of patients, clinicians and staff,” Dr. Lynch says.

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