Kathleen Ober, MD, was a featured speaker at the Maine Medical Association’s 157th Annual Meeting hosted by The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor on September 10-12. Ober is an obstetrician/gynecologist with Blue Hill Memorial Hospital and also serves as the organization’s chief medical officer. The focus of Ober’s session was Life Transitions.
Serving on a panel of experts on the topic of osteoporosis, Ober explained the guidelines for screening and treatment. Ober also explained an online tool called FRAX which assists practitioners in assessing patients’ actual risk of fractures and determining when to start medications to decrease that risk.
As part of her presentation, Ober reviewed tools that are built into Blue Hill Memorial Hospital’s electronic medical record (EMR) system to assist practitioners in assessing risk of osteoporosis to determine the best timing for screening based on individual patient characteristics. Ober’s practice, Blue Hill Women’s Health Care, is one of several physician practices within Blue Hill Memorial Hospital that have implemented electronic medical records to improve patient care.
The other expert speakers on the panel presenting on osteoporosis were Cheryl Ackert-Bicknell, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow at The Jackson Laboratory and Dan Spratt, MD. Spratt practices within the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in the Department of Ob/Gyn at Maine Medical Center, and serves as professor of medicine at the University of Vermont Medical School.
The Maine Medical Association (MMA) is a voluntary association of over 2,000 Maine physicians serving the profession and the public since 1853.
Blue Hill Women’s Health Care is a physician practice of Blue Hill Memorial Hospital that offers a full range of women’s services, including gynecologic surgery and midwifery.