HC 4310 - Electronic Health Records Systems
Electronic health records systems - electronic medical records (EMRs), electronic health records (EHRs), and personal health records (PHRs) are all the buzz these days, yet for the past 30 years the healthcare sector has clung to paper records, manila file folders and clipboards. Technology vendors have been claiming for years that their systems are mature enough to be successfully used, yet many providers say they will retire or sell their practice before they will adopt EMR/EHR technology. Other providers, who have made the leap of faith and have implemented EMR/EHR technology, say they would never go back to paper records. Against this backdrop, this course will explore in great detail the technical and controversial aspects of healthcare information technology in general and the specific factors involving evaluation and adoption of EMR systems. We will explore the fundamental components of modern electronic records systems, and review their impact on both business and clinical functions, discussing barriers to adoption and how to overcome them. A class exercise will be utilized to evaluate one or two EMR systems, and role-play actual evaluation in a clinic environment. Key areas of interoperability, interfaces and standards will be introduced. The course will be practical and thought-provoking as it emphasizes critical thinking and the synthesis of ideas from multiple sources and perspectives. Participants will be challenged to develop their own viewpoints and opinions, substantiated by the published work of those who are thought leaders in the field of HIT, as well as the participants’ own experiences.
NOTE: This course is not offered this term. Please refer to the annual schedule for Healthcare Leadership to see the next time this course is offered.