Electronic Medical Records: The Healthcare Information Experts Weigh In

Thursday, September 16, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., Microsoft, 201 Jones Rd., Sixth Floor, Waltham, MA 02451. Directions.

SPEAKER: Panel Discussion with:

  • Elaine Alligood, Informationista at VA Technology Assessment Program
  • Dan Bogaty, Project Specialist at Partners Healthcare
  • Keith Boone, Standards Architect at GE Healthcare
  • Janice McCallum, Managing Director at Health Content Advisors

Larry Chait of Chait and Associates, and RootCause, Moderator

TOPIC: This panel discussion will continue a lively discussion that a group of 14 shared on September 3rd at our last breakfast meeting. Our panel were all participants and offered their perspectives on when, how and why we will see greater adoption of personalized medical records. The panel members will offer their insights into what is coming in response to questions the moderator will pose. Based on their current working experiences, they will give examples of EMR technologies already in use and how these are beginning to affect the practice of medicine.

For readings on the topic see links at: http://kmforum.org/blog/?p=778

Larry suggests an issue for Janice and Dan to Consider

kmforumelainekeithdavidElaine shares a point-of-view with David and Keith

3 Responses to “Electronic Medical Records: The Healthcare Information Experts Weigh In”

  1. 1 lynda

    Add this to your reading on the subject from Information Week 08/09/2010.

    E-Health Records: Getting Started With Meaningful Use
    The federal government recently released requirements that doctors and hospitals must meet to qualify as meaningful users of electronic health records and be eligible for incentive funds. We take a look at the core requirements, the government’s intentions, potential pitfalls and reaction from the medical community. http://analytics.informationweek.com/abstract/105/3716/Healthcare/alert-e-health-records-getting-started-with-meaningful-use.html

  2. 2 Elaine Alligood

    As we discussed medical errors the other day. . here’s a shout out to VA by the New England Journal of Medicine!

    VA’s Disclosure Policy Lauded in New England Journal of Medicine

    WASHINGTON (September 29, 2010)- The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) policy on disclosure of adverse medical events was praised as a
    “valuable resource for all health care institutions” in an article in a recent issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

    “At VA we strive every day to deliver superior health care,” said Dr.Robert Petzel, VA’s Under Secretary for Health. “When mistakes occur, we immediately acknowledge them and learn how we can do better in the future.”

    Adverse events, such as incomplete cleaning of medical instruments, may affect significant numbers of patients over time. However, prompt disclosure also presents an opportunity to quickly assess risk to patients and to learn how to improve health care delivery and processes.

    The article, entitled The Disclosure Dilemma, states that although many health care organizations have adopted policies encouraging disclosure of adverse events to individual patients, these policies seldom address large scale adverse events. It adds, however, that VA’s own disclosure policy is “a notable exception.”

    The authors, including Denise Dudzinski, Ph.D., an associate professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the Department of Bioethics & Humanities at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, go on to say that VA’s policy outlines “a clear and systematic process” for disclosure decisions regarding large scale adverse events-a process that can include convening a multidisciplinary advisory board with representation from diverse stakeholder groups and experts,including ethicists. A co-author of the article is VA employee Mary Beth Foglia, RN, Ph.D., of the National Center for Ethics in Health Care and affiliate faculty at the Department of Bioethics and Humanities theUniversity of Washington.

    The VA policy endorses transparency and expresses an obligation to
    disclose adverse events that cause harm to patients. Its provisions can include the convening of a multidisciplinary advisory board to review large-scale adverse events, recommend whether to disclose and provide guidance on the manner of disclosure.

    The authors of the article conclude with the following observation,
    which summarizes VA’s philosophy on the matter: “Disclosure should be the norm, even when the probability of harm is extremely low. Although risks to the institution are associated with disclosure, they are outweighed by the institution’s obligation to be transparent and to rectify unanticipated patient harm.”

  1. 1 Health IT Is Breaking Through

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