Health Care Transition Learning Collaborative. Incorporating HCT Tools/Functions into Electronic Health Record Systems. October 21, 2011. Stuart T. Weinberg, MD, FAAP Assistant Professor Departments of Biomedical Informatics and Pediatrics Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Incorporating HCT Tools/Functions
into Electronic Health Record Systems
October 21, 2011
Stuart T. Weinberg, MD, FAAP
Departments of Biomedical Informatics and Pediatrics
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Vice Chair, AAP Council on Clinical Information Technology
Webmaster, AAP Electronic Medical Record Review Site
Information technology centers on the technical tools – hardware and software
Informatics centers on the *science* - “The scientific field that deals with biomedical information, data, and knowledge—their storage, retrieval and optimal use for problem-solving and decision making.” (Shortliffe).
Clinical informatics highlights people, process, technology.
There are several peer-reviewed journals AND on Sep 22nd Clinical Informatics became a Board-Certified Medical Subspecialty.
Clinical informaticians will have valuable insights not only into the medical workflow but also to the informatics literature which may have already studied ‘best practices’ approaches
Clinical informaticians should be involved *early* in the process of designing tools and rethinking workflows – not at the end to just implement a solution that has already been developed
Another example: the recent Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) initiative to have hospitals offer influenza vaccine to all inpatients
- Immunization Registries
- Health Information Exchanges (HIEs)
- Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs)
- the capability to submit an immunization record to an immunization registry using national HL-7 standards
- the capability to exchange key clinical information (for example, problem list, medication list, allergies, and diagnostic test results), among providers of care
- patients having timely access to their health information (within 4 business days)
- patients receiving an electronic copy of their health information upon request
- patients receiving a clinical summary for each office visit