Jenny H. Welham, MD, is a practicing pediatrician in Honolulu. She graduated from the University of Hawai‘i John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) in 1998 and has been practicing for 19 years. Dr. Welham completed her residency at JABSOM and currently practices at Jenny Welham MD LLC. She is affiliated with Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children (KMCWC) and is board certified in pediatrics.
HHP: How long have you been an HHP member?
Welham: I’ve been a member since 2015.
I moved to Virginia after my residency because my husband got a job there as a pilot. I worked in private practice for 12 years, but moved back to Hawai‘i three years ago.
I took over Dr. Jeremy Lam’s practice when I moved back, partly because the office is at KMCWC, which is nationally recognized and is the premiere maternity, newborn and pediatric specialty center in Hawaiʻi and the Pacific Region. That’s where I completed my residency and it has always been like a second home to me.
HHP: As an independent physician, what made you want to join HHP?
Welham: I saw that HHP members had a lot of support getting to PCMH Level 3 and recognized the level of expertise and support HHP staff had.
Eleanor Naone (the PCMH coordinator) did so much! She helped me achieve Level 3 within 6 months. She also provided support with the transition when I took over Dr. Lam’s patients. She really helped a lot.
Epic optimization and training were another reason I became an HHP member, and HHP was able to support related PCMH and P4Q requirements.
HHP: What’s different about practicing medicine in Hawai‘i vs. the mainland?
Welham: Physicians are more collaborative in Hawai‘i. Everyone is working in the best interest of the keiki.
It’s all about relationships, and that benefits the patients. Specialists listen and take feedback from the PCP to coordinate and optimize care..
HHP: How will the changing health care environment change the way you practice medicine?
Welham: It doesn’t change the way I practice, but doctors are faced with a lot of new requirements related to coding and documentation. They’re a burden, and it’s where a majority of my time is spent.
Another challenge for me is keeping up with requirements for both pediatric and adult patients – I have quite a few patients over 18.
In general, I would like more administrative support, so I can focus on patient care. Online scheduling, screening and registration would be one example of the kind of support that would significantly free up time.