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Webinar: An Exciting Program on Academic Electronic Health Records (EHRs)

Monday, October 27th, 2014

November 19, 2014

Instruction – An Exciting Program on Academic Electronic Health Records (EHRs)

Date and Time: Wednesday, November 19, 2014, Noon to 1:00pm (EDT)

Presenters: Kathleen Annala, Co-founder of Archetype Innovations, LLC and Carolyn Schubert, Health Sciences and Nursing Librarian, James Madison University

Contact: For additional information or questions about this webinar, please contact PJ Grier at pgrier@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

Summary: Many health sciences librarians are active in an advisory capacity to faculty curriculum committees as well partners with school faculty in developing specific course content. At the same time, curriculum developers in health sciences education including medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry and medical coding now recognize that health care information technology (HIT) is an important component in the educational outcomes of future clinicians. Although there are other academic electronic health records (EHRs) in the marketplace, this exciting webinar will explore two EHRs in use today by health sciences schools, colleges and universities: Neehr Perfect and Sim Chart.

Two facts make academic EHRs different than ones deployed in actual patient care are:

  1. Academic EHRs usually integrate with a college or university’s learning management system (LMS) which is an important instruction and education tool for faculty and students,
  2. Academic EHRs are not HIPAA compliant and do not require certification as delegated by the Office of the National Coordinator in the Department of Health and Human Services.

Biographical Sketch: Kathleen Annala, MA, RN, President & Chief Operating Officer, Archetype Innovations, LLC, Duluth, MN.

Kathleen Annala is the owner of Archetype Innovations, an educational technology company that designs and supports EHR systems for educational use. Kathleen began her work designing EHRs for educational use over 15 years ago at the College of St. Scholastica where she was a professor of nursing and founding member of the nation’s first project to develop an EHR that could be used as an educational tool. She taught students with an educational EHR that she helped create and has been improving upon EHRs ever since. After teaming up with Archetype Innovations to design the “perfect” educational EHR, Neehr Perfect was released in 2009.

Summary: Kathleen will discuss the key features of an educational EHR and show how faculty and students simulate clinical practice and develop EHR competencies in an academic environment using Neehr Perfect. She will also discuss ways Neehr Perfect is customized with patient scenarios, documentation forms, references, resources and training tools to give students hands on experience with the type of patients, data and point-of-care opportunities available with EHR technology in healthcare.

Biographical Sketch: Carolyn  Schubert, MLS, Health Sciences and Nursing Librarian, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Carolyn Schubert teaches a course titled “Introduction to Informatics for Health Care Professionals”.  Recent publications include the book chapter “What is Biomedical Informatics? An Overview and a Case Study” in the book Curriculum-Based Library Instruction. Her research interests include biomedical informatics, educational technologies and instruction, and scholarly communication.

Summary: Carolyn will discuss her training in Sim Chart, give a short demo of some of its functionality, speak about student perspectives with some insight on the faculty’s perspective and provide an overview of how it was incorporated into the University’s nursing curriculum. She received vendor-supplied training on Sim Chart alongside Nursing faculty. She has been given access to use and evaluate the system in relation to the library’s iPad program and point-of-care resources. She also uses other systems, such as Practice Fusion when teaching students about electronic health records.

Upon completion of the Beyond the SEA Webinar, each participant will receive 1 hour of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association. Certificates will be available electronically following completion of the online survey supplied at the end of the webinar.

What do you need to join this conference?

  • A computer (with Flash installed)
  • A telephone

How do I connect?

  • Go to this URL: http://webmeeting.nih.gov/beyondthesea/
  • Enter as a Guest
  • Sign in with your first and last name
  • Follow the instructions in the meeting room to have Adobe Connect call your phone (this is the preferred way; however, if you have an extension or for some other reason cannot let Adobe connect call you phone, call 1-800-605-5167 and enter the participant code 816440 when prompted.)

Librarians Adding Value to EHRs: Infobuttons and Meaningful Use

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Free Health IT Webinar –  

Title: Librarians Adding Value to EHRs: Infobuttons and Meaningful Use

Time:  April 30, 2014, 1:00-2:00 pm, EDT.

Course length:  1.0 hour

Registration Required:  http://tinyurl.com/p3nxmq9

This webinar is the second in a series on ways librarians can add value to electronic health records.  The goals of this webinar are threefold: to give librarians a clear understanding of what infobuttons are and how they work; to deepen their understanding of the needs of clinicians using EHRs; and to highlight requirements for Meaningful Use that may provide opportunities for medical librarians. 

Guilherme Del Fiol, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Informatics, University of Utah, School of Medicine will present results of a systematic review on clinical questions raised by clinicians and tools that help answer these questions by integrating EHR systems with online knowledge resources. 

He will also discuss how these tools are being disseminated via the “HL7 Context-Aware Knowledge Retrieval Standard” (a.k.a, Infobutton Standard) and the EHR Meaningful Use certification program. 

John Halamka, MD, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Chief Information Officer, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center will review the healthcare IT challenges ahead that medical librarians can help support. Meaningful Use Stage 2 regulations and proposed regulations for Meaningful Use Stage 3 include several requirements for decision support, patient education, and quality metrics, all of which benefit from knowledge services curated by medical librarians. 

This webinar was organized by a team of three librarians.  Evelyn B. Morgen, director of the Lyman Maynard Stowe Library, University of Connecticut Health Center,  Jennifer D. Miglus, (librarian at LM Stowe library,) and Douglas L. Varner, (Senior Associate Director and Chief Biomedical Informationist at the Dahlgren Memorial Library, Georgetown University Medical Center) invited and coordinated with the speakers.  This webinar could not have been produced without the invaluable technical support of Meredith Solomon and the staff of NNLM/NER.

 

Librarians Adding Value to EHRs: Infobuttons and Infobuttons

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

On Wednesday, March 19, NNLM/NER hosted a webinar:  “Adding Value to EHRs: Librarians and Infobuttons”.   Apparently this topic tapped a vein of interest, because 280 people registered for the event, and more than 220 logged in and stayed for the 1-hour session.  There were two presenters.

Taneya Koonce, Associate Director for Research at Eskind Biomedical Library, Vanderbilt University was the first.  She discussed three aspects of librarians’ involvement with Vanderbilt’s home grown EHR, Star Panel.  Star Panel has an internal messaging feature which allows clinicians to request a literature search from within a patient record. Second, librarians are instrumental in the development of order sets.  Order sets can be defined as collection of orders, (usually derived based on best practice guidelines,) for a select group of patients throughout different disciplines.  Lastly, librarians provide resources to be integrated into the consumer health portal.

Lauren Yaeger, Bernard Becker Medical Library, Washington University, discussed her role in rounding with her hospital.  She also described her involvement with the implementation of a knowledge page embedded in the EHR for clinical decision support in the emergency room.  While there was much positive feedback from clinicians, there were also suggestions for improvement.  They are currently moving to an HL7 Infobutton.

Both speakers stressed the importance of understanding the needs of clinicians and ongoing training for librarians so that they can better support them.

A third speaker, Dr. Guilherme Del Fiol, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics, University of Utah School of Medicine, was scheduled to speak but was unable to participate.  His topic was the HL7 Infobutton standard, how this can be used within EHRs to answer questions raised by clinicians in the course of patient care and the EHR Meaningful Use certification program.  He will be one of two featured speakers on another webinar.

This webinar was organized by a team of three librarians.  Evelyn B. Morgen, director of the Lyman Maynard Stowe Library, University of Connecticut Health Center, suggested the topic.  Jennifer D. Miglus, (librarian at LM Stowe library,) and Douglas L. Varner, (Senior Associate Director and Chief Biomedical Informationist at the Dahlgren Memorial Library, Georgetown University Medical Center) invited and coordinated with the speakers.  This webinar could not have been produced without the invaluable technical support of Meredith Solomon and the staff of NNLM/NER.

A recording of this webinar can be found at http://nnlm.gov/ner/training/distancelearning.html

Another webinar in this series is tentatively scheduled for April 30, 2014. More to come soon.

 

Jennifer Miglus, HMS Librarian

Information and Education Services Dept.

Lyman Maynard Stowe Library

University of Connecticut Health Center

Farmington, CT  06034-4003

miglus@uchc.edu

Why Use MedlinePlus Connect?

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) is assisting the NLM with promoting MedlinePlus Connect. An NN/LM task force conducted interviews with 17 key informants representing the broad spectrum of organizations that are involved with EHR implementation.  

Key informants provided insight into the aspects of MedlinePlus Connect that are the major advantages of the service from their perspective:

• The material is evidence-based and updated regularly.

• MedlinePlus links to primary literature, which is becoming increasingly popular among patients as they become more sophisticated in locating health information.

• Patient information is provided in varying reading levels, multi-media formats, and different languages, with an extensive database of Spanish-language materials.

• Health IT professionals will find easy instructions for integrating MedlinePlus Connect into EHRs.

• MedlinePlus Connect allows health organizations to maintain their identifying information when MedlinePlus information is sought.

The fact that MedlinePlus Connect can be added to EHRs at no cost to users was a definite advantage, but key informants cautioned against calling it a “free resource,” a term that has a negative connotation among health professionals. It would be more effective to call it a “non-commercial service paid for by the National Library of Medicine with no cost to users.”

The Meaningful Use measure for providing patient-specific education materials was optional for Stage 1 and becomes a core requirement in Stage 2.  Key informants said that patient portals were the emerging issue of the year as organizations focus on Stage 2 criteria.  The time to promote MedlinePlus Connect is now as we move towards 2014 when Stage 2 implementation begins.

Have you tried implementing MedlinePlus Connect?  Do these advantages ring true to you?

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