Dr. Steven J Davidson- Clinical Informatics and Emergency Medicine Physician

Doctor Davidson, founder of EMedConcepts, is a Board Certified Emergency Physician who has practiced continuously since 1978 and a pioneer in the development and adoption of technology and new media in the health care industry.

Steve has distinguished himself as an innovator and early adopter of progressive ideas and technology beginning with his application to the then unapproved specialty of Emergency Medicine (EM). As one of the earliest EM trainees, he helped design its training programs and supported EM’s evolution into a broadly recognized specialty. He served as President of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine and served for nine years on the American Board of Emergency Medicine. While at the Medical College of Pennsylvania (1978-1995), he led the Department of Emergency Medicine’s residency education and served as Philadelphia Fire EMS Medical Director. He founded and led the service line Department of Emergency Medicine at Maimonides Medical Center (1995-2010) where he subsequently became SVP/CMIO.

While serving in his clinical and administrative capacities, Dr. Davidson also founded and nurtured an informatics and technology consultation practice serving medical device vendors including Cook Catheter, Sorenson Research, PhysioControl and others seeking access to the burgeoning field of Emergency Medicine and its practitioners. As a pioneer adopter of portable telephonic communication technology in the Emergency Department, he understood and negotiated the clinical, human workflow, economic, and political barriers to help realize the success of this technology. In collaboration with a colleague, Steve implemented an Emergency Department registration and clinical information system at MCP in 1980 and, in 2002, designed and deployed an Emergency Department electronic health record at MMC which included access via mobile devices.

Dr. Davidson, long recognized as a leader in health information technology and related applications that improve clinician performance while managing their workload, writes and speaks about these applications from his on-the-ground experience as a clinical leader and hospital CMIO. A graduate of Temple University School of Medicine and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, he is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American College of Physician Executives and serves as a reviewer for journals in emergency medicine and quality. He founded EMedConcepts to assist clients by fusing the passion of a clinical leader for his patients with a business perspective on system design, strategy, operations and financial performance.

Education and Training

Undergraduate –  Temple University, A.B., 1971, Chemistry, Honors in Major
Graduate Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, M.B.A., 1987-1989
Medical School Temple University, M.D., 1971-1975

Internship: 7/75-6/76, The Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Residency Program in Emergency Medicine, Acute Care Internship
Residency: 7/76-6/78, The Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Residency Program in Emergency Medicine

Current Academic and Professional Affiliations

American College of Emergency Physicians
American Association for Physician Leadership
American Board of Emergency Medicine, Senior Director
Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
American Medical Informatics Association
Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation
Health Information Management and Systems Society
Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems

Honors and Accomplishments

American College of Emergency Physicians, EMS Award, 1992

Modern Physician 2001 Physician Executive Award of Excellence

Selected Publications

Gale BD, Bissett-Siegel DP, Davidson SJ, Juran DC. Failure to notify reportable test results: significance
in medical malpractice. J Am Coll Radiol. 2011 Nov;8(11):776-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2011.06.023.

Welch SJ, Davidson SJ. The performance limits of traditional triage. Ann Emerg Med. 2011
Aug;58(2):143-4. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2011.04.017.

Welch SJ, Stone-Griffith S, Asplin B, Davidson SJ, Augustine J, Schuur JD, on behalf of The Second
Performance Measures and Benchmarking Summit and the Emergency Department Benchmarking
Alliance. Emergency Department Operations Dictionary: Results of the Second Performance
Measures and Benchmarking Summit. Acad Emerg Med 2011 May; 18(5): 539–544, Epub: 5 MAY
2011, DOI: 10.1111/j.1553-2712.2011.01062.x

Garcia EA, Likourezos A, Ramsay C, Hoffman S, Niles C, Pearl-Davis M, Podolsky S, Davidson SJ.
Evaluation of emergency medicine community educational program. West J Emerg Med. 2010

Klein KR, Cohen H, Likourezos A, Baseluos C, Jain A, Marshall J, Davidson S J. H1N1 :
Communication patterns among Emergency Department staff during the H1N1 outbreak, April,
2009. Prehospital Disaster Med. 2010 Jul-Aug;25(4):296-301.

Welch S, Davidson S. Exploring new intake models for the emergency department. Am J Med Qual. 2010

Khan AN, Frank J, Geria R, Davidson S. Utilization of personal digital assistants (PDAS) by pediatric
and emergency medicine residents. J Emerg Med. 2007 May;32(4):423-8. Epub: 2007 Apr 16.

Davidson SJ, Koenig KL, Cone DC. Daily patient flow is not surge: “management is prediction”. Acad
Emerg Med. 2006 Nov;13(11):1095-6.

Thompson DA, Eitel D, Fernandes CM, Pines JM, Amsterdam J, Davidson SJ. Coded Chief Complaints–
Automated Analysis of Free-text Complaints. Acad Emerg Med 2006 Jul;13(7):774-82. Epub 2006
May 24.

Welch SJ, Slovis C, Jensen K, Chan T, Davidson SJ. Time for a rigorous performance improvement
curriculum for emergency medicine residents. Acad Emerg Med 2006 Jul;13(7):783-6.

Handler J.A., Adams J.G., Feied C.F., Gillam M., Vozenilek J., Barthell E.N., Davidson S.J.: Emergency
Medicine Information Technology Consensus Conference: Executive Summary. Acad Emerg Med
2004 11: 1112-1113.

Davidson S.J., Zwemer F.L., Nathanson L.A., Sable K.N., and Khan A.N.G.A.: Where’s the Beef? The
Promise and the Reality of Clinical Documentation. Acad Emerg Med 2004 11: 1127-1134.

Handler J.A., Adams J.G., Feied C.F., Gillam M., Vozenilek J., Barthell E.N., Davidson S.J.: Developing
Consensus in Emergency Medicine Information Technology. Acad Emerg Med 2004 11: 1109-1111.

Likourezos A, Chalfin DB, Murphy DG, Sommer B, Darcy K, Davidson SJ.: Physician and nurse
satisfaction with an Electronic Medical Record system. J Emerg Med. 27(4):419-24, 2004.