From the International Medical Informatics Association

ACI – Applied Clinical Informatics 2010;1 (2) – eTOC

The publishers, Schattauer, announce that new articles for the second issue of the new eJournal ACI – Applied Clinical Informatics – an official eJournal of IMIA and AMDIS, are now available.

The Table of Contents and individual articles are online at

Acute Diarrheal Syndromic Surveillance: Effects of Weather and Holidays
H. J. Kam (1), S. Choi (2), J. P. Cho (2), Y. G. Min (2), R. W. Park (1)
(1) Department of Biomedical Informatics, Ajou University School of Medicine, Suwon, South Korea; (2) Department of Emergency, School of Medicine, Ajou University School of Medicine, Suwon, South Korea
ACI 2010 1 2: 79-95    10.4338/ACI-2009-12-RA-0024
To assure patient safety, hospitals must respond with increased staffing to peak patient volumes. Predicting the volume in response to syndromic outbreaks has been difficult in the past. In this paper, holiday and weather information were used together with visitor and assessment records to predict acute diarrheal syndrome.

Paradigm Shift or Annoying Distraction: Emerging Implications of Web 2.0 for Clinical Practice
H. Spallek (1), J. O’Donnell (2), M. Clayton (3), P. Anderson (4), A. Krueger (5)
(1) School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA USA; (2) Department of Restorative Dentistry and Comprehensive Care School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA USA; (3) Center for Dental Informatics School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA USA; (4) Emerging Technologies Librarian, Health Sciences Libraries University of Michigan, USA; (5) Virtual Ability, Inc. USA
ACI 2010 1 2: 96-115  10.4338/ACI-2010-01-CR-0003
Web 2.0 technologies, known as social media, social technologies or Web 2.0, have growing clinical implications. Five developing trends are explored: Information channels, augmented reality, location based mobile social computing, virtual worlds and serious gaming, and collaborative research networks. Each trend is discussed based on their utilization and pattern of use by healthcare providers or healthcare organizations. This MUST READ review represents the state of the art analysis of Web 2.0 in medicine today.
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Novel Representation of Clinical Information in the ICU: Developing User Interfaces which Reduce Information Overload
B. W. Pickering (1, 2), V. Herasevich (2, 3), A. Ahmed (2), O. Gajic (2, 3)
(1) Department of Anesthesiology, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905; (2) Multidisciplinary Epidemiology and Translational Research in Intensive Care (METRIC), Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905; (3) Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905
ACI 2010 1 2: 116-131  10.4338/ACI-2009-12-CR-0027
The introduction of electronic medical records (EMR) and computerized physician order entry (CPOE) into the intensive care unit (ICU) is transforming the way health care providers currently work. This paper outlines the key barriers to effective use of EMR. AWARE (Ambient Warning and Response Evaluation), is a physician led, electronic-environment enhancement program in an academic, tertiary care institution’s ICU. The development process is focused on reducing information overload, improving efficiency and eliminating medical error in the ICU.

Telemedicine: What have we learned?
P. Whitten (1), B. Holtz (1), C. LaPlante (1)
(1) Michigan State University
ACI 2010 1 2: 132-141  10.4338/ACI-2009-12-R-0020
As the health care industry is facing many challenges and is undergoing extensive change, telemedicine is in the position to address these challenges and be an important part of health care’s development. This state of the art paper reviews and summarizes different technologies utilized, clinical outcomes, cost benefits, perceptions, and adoption challenges of its uses – focusing on innovative, sustainable and beneficial health technologies that could positively impact health care delivery and outcomes.

Audiovisual Presentations on a Handheld PC Are Preferred As an Educational Tool by NICU Parents
P. Alur (1), J. Cirelli (1), M. Goodstein (1), T. Bell (1), J. Liss (1)
(1) WellSpan Health – Pediatrics, York, Pennsylvania, United States
ACI 2010 1 2: 142-148  10.4338/ACI-2010-01-RA-0005
Printed educational materials (PM) have limitations in explaining the dynamics of a disease process. Multimedia formats may be useful for enhancing the educational process. This paper studied preferences of NICU parents and found that parents preferred animation on a small screen handheld PC despite a much higher language level over printed materials.

Quality and Certification of Electronic Health Records: An overview of current approaches from the US and Europe
A. Hörbst (1), E. Ammenwerth (2)
(1) Research Division eHealth and Telemedicine, UMIT – University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology, Eduard- Wallnoefer-Zentrum 1, Hall in Tirol, Austria; (2) Institute for Health Information Systems, UMIT – University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology, Eduard-Wallnoefer-Zentrum 1, Hall in Tirol, Austria
ACI 2010 1 2: 149-164  10.4338/ACI-2010-02-R-0009
Numerous projects, initiatives, and programs are dedicated to the development of Electronic Health Records (EHR) worldwide. This paper describes and compares the current major quality certification approaches to EHRs using a literature analysis focusing on EHR quality certification. The authors find that the quality approaches of CCHIT, EuroRec, IHE, openEHR, and EN13606 differ with regard to their focus, support of service-oriented EHRs, process of (re-)certification and testing, number of systems certified and tested, supporting organizations, and regional relevance.

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