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UPDATE: Call for Papers: The Electronic Health Record and Nursing

The Call for Papers is open for a special issue of the open access journal “Nursing Research and Practice” – the theme will be “The Electronic Health Record and Nursing: Trends, Issues and Challenges”. See http://www.hindawi.com/journals/nrp/si/956501/cfp/ for full information. Manuscripts will be accepted until 14 October, 2012. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/

Lead Guest Editor Andre Kushniruk (School of Health Information Science, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada) and Guest Editors Hyeoun-Ae Park (College of Nursing Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea), Carola Hullin Lucay Cossio (IMIA LAC: Regional Federation of Health Informatics for Latin America and the Caribbean) and Elizabeth Borycki (School of Health Information Science and School of Nursing, University of Victoria) invite colleagues to contribute original research articles as well as review articles. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The relation of nursing to electronic health records
  • Technologies to support nursing in the electronic health record (e.g., clinical nursing guidelines)
  • Educational tools for improving understanding and adoption of electronic records and related information technologies in nursing
  • Nursing standards/terminologies as they relate to the electronic record
  • Change management and strategies for implementing electronic records in nursing environments
  • Emerging trends, issues, and challenges in implementing electronic health records for use by nurses

There are many reported difficulties and issues worldwide in implementing electronic health records (EHRs) so that they maximize their beneficial potential and minimize inadvertent negative efforts for both health professionals and patients. This special issue will examine trends, issues, and challenges emerging from implementation of electronic health records and related information technologies in nursing settings.

September 24, 2012 Posted by | Canada, education, IMIA-LAC, journals, nursing, research | , , , , | 1 Comment

Vacancy: Clinical/Non-Clinical Senior Lecturer in Health Informatics, University of Manchester, UK

The University of Manchester in the UK have pleasure in confirming the following position is now live for applicants: M&HS-01371/Clinical Senior Lecturer in Health Informatics [Clinical Senior Lecturer in Health Informatics]. The vacancy will close on 22 October, 2012, and all applications should be made as per the information and process given on the university website at https://www.jobs.manchester.ac.uk/DisplayJob.aspx?pageno=0&htmlpage=JobDisplay&Jobid=19460  See also downloadable description.

The Centre for Health Informatics has a position available for either a Clinical or non-Clinical Senior Lecturer in Health Informatics.  The post holder would be expected to deliver high quality Health Informatics research and research-led education. The vacancy is in the Faculty of Medical & Human Sciences, Institute of Population/Health Sciences.

The successful candidate will lead and contribute to several established programmes of research within the Centre and provide input to both its teaching and strategic direction.  There will be a requirement to attract significant research income, to produce high quality, high impact outputs and to develop the profile of the Centre on a global scale.

All enquiries should be directed to the university, not to IMIA, via Amanda Lamb (email: Amanda.Lamb[at]manchester.ac.uk).

September 10, 2012 Posted by | education, research, UK, vacancy | , , | Leave a comment

ACI eJournal: 2012 Volume 3 (3): New Articles

Volume 3(3) of the eJournal ACI – Applied Clinical Informatics – an official eJournal of IMIA and AMDIS – continues with FOUR new articles – see http://aci.schattauer.de/en/contents/current-issue.html

In addition, the ACI News items are updated every Wednesday. All articles from Volume 0 (2009) and Volume 1(1) (2010), and some from other issues, are available as free downloads.

ACI makes active use of social media tools and can be found at: facebook.com/ACIJournal, twitter.com/ACI_Journal and facebook.com/Schattauer_Publisher_Scientific_Journals

Volume 3(3) – four new articles:

Improving Access to Longitudinal Patient Health Information within an Emergency Department
Research Article
A. B. Wilcox (1), S. Shen (2, 3), D. A. Dorr (4), G. Hripcsak (1), L. Heermann (2), S. P. Narus (2, 5)
(1) Department of Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University, New York, NY; (2) Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, UT; (3) Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT; (4) Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR; (5) Department of Biomedical Informatics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
ACI 2012 3 3: 290-300
dx.doi.org/10.4338/ACI-2011-03-RA-0019

Impact of implementing an EMR on physical exam documentation by ambulance personnel
Research Article
R. Katzer (1, 2), D. J. Barton (3), S. Adelman (3), S. Clark (3), E. L. Seaman (3), K. B. Hudson (1)
(1) Georgetown University Hospital, Department of Emergency Medicine; (2) University of California, Irvine Department of Emergency Medicine; (3) Georgetown Emergency Response Medical Service
ACI 2012 3 3: 301-308
dx.doi.org/10.4338/ACI-2012-03-RA-0008

Understanding Why Clinicians Answer or Ignore Clinical Decision Support Prompts
Research Article
A. E. Carroll (1, 2), V. Anand (1, 2), S. M. Downs (1, 2)
(1) Children’s Health Services Research, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN; (2) The Regenstrief Institute for Health Care, Indianapolis, IN
ACI 2012 3 3: 309-317
dx.doi.org/10.4338/ACI-2012-04-RA-0013

An integrated EHR at Northern California Kaiser Permanente Pitfalls, challenges, and benefits experienced in transitioning
Case Report
Special Edition Changing IT Systems
S. Bornstein (1)
(1) Physician Lead 2003–2012, Northern California Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect Electronic Health Record
ACI 2012 3 3: 318-325
dx.doi.org/10.4338/ACI-2012-03-RA-0006

For further information on this peer-reviewed eJournal, go to www.aci-journal.org

Further materials of interest from the same publishers are to be found in the journal Methods of Information on Medicine and in the IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics.

If you have any questions or feedback do not hesitate to contact Schattauer by sending an e-mail to claudia.boehm[at]schattauer.de

August 9, 2012 Posted by | clinical informatics, IMIA, journals, research | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

ACI eJournal: 2012 Volume 3 (3) Starts, Completion of 2012 Volume 3 (2)

Volume 3(3) of the eJournal ACI – Applied Clinical Informatics – an official eJournal of IMIA and AMDIS – has now started with TWO new articles – see http://aci.schattauer.de/en/contents/current-issue.html

New articles completing Volume 3 (2) are available, bringing the total to NINE articles (including one case report as free download).

In addition, the ACI News items are updated every Wednesday. All articles from Volume 0 (2009) and Volume 1(1) (2010), and some from other issues, are available as free downloads.

ACI makes active use of social media tools and can be found at: facebook.com/ACIJournal, twitter.com/ACI_Journal and facebook.com/Schattauer_Publisher_Scientific_Journals

Volume 3(3) – first two articles:

Dealing with the Archetypes Development Process for a Regional EHR System
Research Article
M. R. Santos (1), M. P. Bax (1), D. Kalra (2)
(1) Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil; (2) University College London, United Kindow.
ACI 2012 3 3: 258-275
dx.doi.org/10.4338/ACI-2011-12-RA-0074

Multilingual Medical Data Models in ODM Format
A Novel Form-based Approach to Semantic Interoperability between Routine Healthcare and Clinical Research
B. Breil (1), J. Kenneweg (1), F. Fritz (1), P. Bruland (1), D. Doods (1), B. Trinczek (1), M. Dugas (1)
(1) Institute of Medical Informatics, University of Münster, Germany
ACI 2012 3 3: 276-289
dx.doi.org/10.4338/ACI-2012-03-RA-0011

Volume 3 (2) – four articles completing the volume:

Measurement Error in Performance Studies of Health Information Technology: Lessons from the Management Literature
Review
A. S. Litwin (1), A. C. Avgar (2), P. J. Pronovost (3)
(1) Carey Business School and School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD; (2) School of Labor & Employment Relations and College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana-Champaign, IL; (3) School of Medicine, Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Carey Business School, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
ACI 2012 3 2: 210-220
dx.doi.org/10.4338/ACI-2012-02-R-0004
In this review, the authors identify likely reasons for measurement error in determining the effects of health information technology on performance in the clinic. Using lessons from management literature, the authors identify seven likely causes of the measurement errors and make recommendations for avoiding the errors in future studies.

Real-time pharmacy surveillance and clinical decision support to reduce adverse drug events in acute kidney injury
A randomized, controlled trial
Research Article
A. B. McCoy (1), Z. L. Cox (2, 3), E. B. Neal (2), L. R. Waitman (4), N. B. Peterson (5), G. Bhave (6), E. D. Siew (6), I. Danciu (1), J. B. Lewis (6), J. F. Peterson (1, 5, 7)
(1) Department of Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN; (2) Department of Pharmacy, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN; (3) College of Pharmacy, Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN; (4) Department of Biostatistics, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS; (5) Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health, Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN; (6) Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN; (7) Geriatric Research Education Clinical Center (GRECC), VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, Nashville, TN
ACI 2012 3 2: 221-238
dx.doi.org/10.4338/ACI-2012-03-RA-0009
In this randomized controlled trial, the authors sought to determine if active pharmacy surveillance improved adverse drug event frequencies over clinical decisions support systems among a population of kidney disease patients. Patients were randomly assigned to monitoring by a clinical pharmacist and CDS or standard CDS only arms. The findings suggest clinical pharmacist monitoring does not result in improved frequencies of adverse events related to medication.

The Effects of Health Information Technology Change Over Time: A Study of Tele-ICU Functions
Research Article
S. H. Anders (1), D. D. Woods (2), S. Schweikhart (3), P. Ebright (4), E. Patterson (5)
(1) Center for Research & Innovation in Systems Safety, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), Nashville, TN; (2) Integrated Systems Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; (3) College of Public Health, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; (4) Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis, IN; (5) Division of Health Information Management and Systems, School of Allied Medical Professions, College of Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
ACI 2012 3 2: 239-247
dx.doi.org/10.4338/ACI-2011-12-RA-0073
Tele-ICU nursing has been associated with reduced patient mortality and improved quality of care. In this project, the authors sought to examine the effects of a tele-ICU system on hospital practices, as well as to determine changes in tele-ICU use over time. Their findings suggest that tele-ICUs increased support for patients, improved adherence to best practices, but decreased real-time support for the ICU nurses.

Classifying Health Information Technology patient safety related incidents – an approach used in Wales
Research Article
D. Warm (1), P. Edwards (1)
(1) Nursing and Social Care Information Directorate, NHS Wales Informatics Service, Pencoed, Wales
ACI 2012 3 2: 248-257
dx.doi.org/10.4338/ACI-2012-03-RA-0010
In this article, the authors describe and test a framework for categorizing HIT incidents as part of a patient safety incident reporting system and examine the implications for healthcare. Using the specific case of incidents in Wales, the authors determine that their preliminary framework needs expanding. They also argue that the incidents reported highlight clinical care implications of the use of mobile technology.

For further information on this peer-reviewed eJournal, go to www.aci-journal.org

Further materials of interest from the same publishers are to be found in the journal Methods of Information on Medicine and in the IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics.

If you have any questions or feedback do not hesitate to contact Schattauer by sending an e-mail to claudia.boehm[at]schattauer.de

July 12, 2012 Posted by | clinical informatics, IMIA, journals, research | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

ACI eJournal: 2012 Volume 3 (2) Continues, New Content

Volume 3(2) of the eJournal ACI – Applied Clinical Informatics – an official eJournal of IMIA and AMDIS – has now started – see http://aci.schattauer.de/en/contents/current-issue.html

UPDATE of 21 June: SEVEN new articles are available (including one case report as free download). The first two articles are referenced in an earlier post at http://wp.me/pvCUS-1c7

In addition, the ACI News items are updated every Wednesday. All articles from Volume 0 (2009) and Volume 1(1) (2010), and some from other issues, are available as free downloads.

ACI makes active use of social media tools and can be found at: facebook.com/ACIJournal, twitter.com/ACI_Journal and facebook.com/Schattauer_Publisher_Scientific_Journals

Rapid Implementation of Inpatient Electronic Physician Documentation at an Academic Hospital
Case Report
J. S. Hahn (1, 2, 3), J. A. Bernstein (3), R. B. McKenzie (3), B. J. King (1), C. A. Longhurst (1, 3)
(1) Information Services, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Palo Alto, CA, USA; (2) Department of Neurology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA; (3) Department of Pediatrics, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA
ACI 2012 3 2: 175-185
dx.doi.org/10.4338/ACI-2012-02-CR-0003
[Free download]

Associations between the concurrent use of clinical decision support and computerized provider order entry and the rates of appropriate prescribing at discharge
Research article
M. E. Patterson (1), P. A. Marken (1), S. D. Simon (2), J. L. Hackman (3), R. S Schaefer (4)
(1) Division of Pharmacy Practice and Administration, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy, Kansas City, Missouri 64108; (2) Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics, University of Missouri-Kansas City-School of Medicine, Kansas City, Missouri 64108; (3) University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine / Truman Medical Center; (4) Kansas City Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, Kansas City, MO 64128
ACI 2012 3 2: 186-196
dx.doi.org/10.4338/ACI-2011-11-RA-0068

Health Information Exchange and Ambulatory Quality of Care
Research article
L. M. Kern (1, 2, 3), Y. Barrón (1, 3), R. V. Dhopeshwarkar (3, 4), R. Kaushal (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
(1) Department of Public Health, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY.; (2) Department of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY.; (3) Health Information Technology Evaluation Collaborative, New York, NY.; (4) Department of Pediatrics, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY.; (5) New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY.
ACI 2012 3 2: 197-209
dx.doi.org/10.4338/ACI-2012-02-RA-0005

For further information on this peer-reviewed eJournal, go to www.aci-journal.org

Further materials of interest from the same publishers are to be found in the journal Methods of Information on Medicine and in the IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics.

If you have any questions or feedback do not hesitate to contact Schattauer by sending an e-mail to claudia.boehm[at]schattauer.de

May 31, 2012 Posted by | clinical informatics, IMIA, journals, research | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Medinfo2013 – First Call for Papers, Posters

On behalf of Medinfo2013 Scientific Program Committee (SPC) Co-Chairs Dominik Aronsky, MD, PhD (dominik.aronsky[at]vanderbilt.edu) and Tze-Yun Leong, PhD (leongty[at]nus.edu.sg), we are pleased to announce the first preliminary Call for Papers, Student Papers, and Poster Submissions.

The closing date for submission will be: 10 December 2012

Information on calls for other forms of submission, and on the opening of the submission system, will be made in the near future.

MEDINFO2013: 14th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics – to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark on August 20-23, 2013 – see http://www.medinfo2013.dk

The theme for MEDINFO2013 is “Conducting medical informatics by Converging technologies, Conveying sciences and Connecting people.” The congress welcomes submissions on both emerging methodologies that contribute to the conceptual and scientific foundations of biomedical and health informatics, and successful implementations of innovative application, integration, and evaluation of eHealth systems and solutions. MEDINFO2013 is organized around four major tracks relevant to the domains of translational bioinformatics, clinical informatics, clinical research informatics, nursing informatics, consumer health informatics, and public health informatics.

The full text of this preliminary call is available:  PDF (110kb)  DOC (20kb)

We invite all IMIA members to cascade the information within their organisations, networks and contacts.

May 17, 2012 Posted by | conference, Denmark, education, Europe, IMIA, medinfo, Medinfo2013, research | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

HINZ 2012 Health Informatics Conference: Call for Papers Closes 30 June

Health Informatics New Zealand (HINZ) is pleased to invite submissions for their 2012 Health Informatics Conference – see http://www.hinz.org.nz/page/conference/conference-2012-cfp for further information and links to the submission system and other information on submission of papers, posters, workshops and other formats.

This year’s theme, “Health Informatics into Clinical Practice“, acknowledges how critical health informatics is and can be in everyday care. HINZ are looking for stories, research, and leadership to make 2012 the Year of Health Informatics in New Zealand.

Submissions are being managed via EasyChair.

Please note these key dates for submitting Papers:

  • Submissions close 30 June 2012
  • Authors of accepted papers notified by 31 August 2012
  • Final papers to be submitted by 14 September 2012

And these key dates for other submissions:

HINZ are also pleased to announce their next programme in the 2012 seminar series – a combined effort with HL7NZ and The University of Auckland.

Leveraging the EHR for translational health care: Exploring what’s under the bonnet
Thursday 21 June 2012 – Aotea Centre, Auckland
Featuring the founding father of HL7 – Mr Ed Hammond.
More Details and on line registration HERE

Practical one day tutorial on openEHR run by HL7NZ
Friday 22nd June 2012 – The University of Auckland Tamaki Campus, Auckland
Featuring international experts Hugh and Heather Leslie.
More Details and bookings HERE

May 10, 2012 Posted by | Asia-Pacific, conference, New Zealand, research | , , , , , | Leave a comment

APAMI-2012 – 7th Asia Pacific Association for Medical Informatics Conference – Call for Papers Extended to 10 July

UPDATE: The deadline for paper submissions has been extended to 10 JULY.

The 7th Asia Pacific Association for Medical Informatics Conference (APAMI-2012) will be held at the Crowne Plaza Beijing Sun Palace, Beijing, China on October 22-25, 2012.

The Call for Papers is now open – closing date for submission of FULL PAPERS is July 10, 2012. Call for Papers (English – document, 20kb) The Call for Papers is also available online (in English) at http://www.apami2012.org/lunwen.php?mod=en

Further information on APAMI-2012 can be obtained from the conference web site: http://www.apami2012.org (Chinese version) or  http://www.apami2012.org/index.php?mod=en (English version).

Submission: Papers must be submitted through ‘easychair’ online. The program committee and submission web page is https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=apami2012
Inquiry Contact: Lucy Zhang
Tel: 861068278214
Email: yzha0943[at]gmail.com

The theme of the event is “New situation, New technology and New opportunity”, with the emphasis on using information technology to improve healthcare services. October is the most comfortable time of the year in Beijing. The organisers warmly welcome you to attend this event and make it a complete success.

IMIA members should note that the IMIA Board and General Assembly meetings will be held in conjunction with APAMI-2012.

April 30, 2012 Posted by | APAMI, Asia-Pacific, China, conference, IMIA, research | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

ACI eJournal: 2012 Volume 3 (2) Starts, Volume 3(1) Complete

Volume 3(1) of the eJournal ACI – Applied Clinical Informatics – an official eJournal of IMIA and AMDIS – is now complete, with 13 articles available – see http://aci.schattauer.de/en/contents/archive/issue/1492.html

Volume 3(2) has now started, and currently has two new articles (see below).

In addition, the ACI News items are updated every Wednesday. All articles from Volume 0 (2009) and Volume 1(1) (2010), and some from other issues, are available as free downloads.

ACI makes active use of social media tools and can be found at: facebook.com/ACIJournal, twitter.com/ACI_Journal and facebook.com/Schattauer_Publisher_Scientific_Journals

Using Computerized Provider Order Entry to Enforce Documentation of Tests with Pending Results at Hospital Discharge
Research Article
J. Cadwallader (1, 2), C. Asirwa (1, 2), X. Li (2), J. Kesterson (2), W. M. Tierney (1, 2), M. C. Were (1, 2)
(1) Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN; (2) Regenstrief Institute Inc, Indianapolis, IN
ACI 2012 3 2: 154-163

http://dx.doi.org/10.4338/ACI-2012-01-RA-0001

Assessing Electronic Note Quality Using the Physician Documentation Quality Instrument (PDQI-9)
Research article; plus Supplementary file
P.D. Stetson (1,2), S. Bakken (2, 3), J.O. Wrenn (4), E.L. Siegler (5)
(1) Columbia University; (2) Department of Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University; (3) School of Nursing, Columbia University; (4) Department of Medical Informatics, Vanderbilt University; (5) Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology, Weill Cornell Medical College
ACI 2012 3 2: 164-174

http://dx.doi.org/10.4338/ACI-2011-11-RA-0070

For further information on this peer-reviewed eJournal, go to www.aci-journal.org

Further materials of interest from the same publishers are to be found in the journal Methods of Information on Medicine and in the IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics.

If you have any questions or feedback do not hesitate to contact Schattauer by sending an e-mail to claudia.boehm@schattauer.de

April 13, 2012 Posted by | clinical informatics, IMIA, journals, research | , , , , | Leave a comment

New Digital Healthcare MSc, University of Warwick (England)

The Institute of Digital Healthcare, at the University of Warwick (England, United Kingdom), is launching a new Masters programme in October 2012 in Digital Healthcare. Details about the course are at http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/wmg/education/wmgmasters/courses/dh/  To find out more, please contact wmgmasters[at]warwick.ac.uk (telephone +44 (0)24 7657 4470). Partial studentships are available; the application deadline for these is the end of May 2012.

The digital revolution has presented significant challenges in the delivery of healthcare for everyone in today’s society. There is a pressing need for a bright, well-educated and flexible workforce capable of designing, using and evaluating these technologies, with a thorough understanding of the clinical, engineering, ethical and social constraints surrounding them.

To meet this need staff at the Institute of Digital Healthcare have developed this new innovative course. The MSc in Digital Healthcare will give students the knowledge and skills to drive, manage and evaluate the advances in technology and techniques that underpin digital healthcare. The programme in Digital healthcare will be offered as an MSc with special focus i.e. MSc in Digital Healthcare (engineering) or MSc in Digital Healthcare (clinical) on a full-time or part-time basis.

A unique feature of the new Masters programme is that students will have different backgrounds and work in supervised multi-disciplinary teams to solve complex real-world problems. The course will be taught using a flexible framework, allowing modules to be chosen from one of two specialisms (engineering or clinical) to suit the students’ background and best meet their professional development needs. Core modules cover areas including Biomedical Engineering, Evaluation and Research Methods, eHealth Technologies, Contemporary Topics in Digital Healthcare, and Informatics & Information/Communication Technologies.

The MSc is ideal for:

  • Graduates with a numerate background (e.g. engineering, physics, computing or informatics) who wish to launch their career in the growing digital healthcare sector.
  • Biomedical or clinical engineers and medical physicists who wish to develop innovative career pathways for themselves will find the mix of topics covered highly relevant for their career development.
  • Clinicians (e.g. doctors, nurses, pharmacists, allied health professionals or healthcare technologists) wishing to explore the potential and impact of digital healthcare and use it to develop innovative care pathways or models of care.
  • Graduates in the biomedical and/or life sciences who are interested in applying their knowledge and skills in the clinical practice setting will find the course particularly relevant.

Information about the course structure, core and elective modules, learning outcomes and learning styles, and many other aspects is available at the course website; the downloadable summary document also addresses many aspects.




March 30, 2012 Posted by | education, ehealth, Europe, research, UK | , , , , | Leave a comment