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CI 102: An Introduction to EMRs

Electronic Medical Record Systems (EMRs) offer a great context to explore various aspects of clinical informatics. While clinical providers in the USA are still largely paper based, there are increasing pressures to implement EMRs especially under the proposed healthcare reform legislation. EMRs are the topic of the day in healthcare informatics. So – let’s cover some of the basics on EMRs such as: When did the first EMRs emerge? What are some of the benefits and challenges with EMRs and how fast are they being developed and/or implemented? These initial questions form the backbone of our lesson. In our second objective, we’ll explore in a little more depth some of the challenges with adopting EMRs and the role people with informatics skills may play. Why? Quite often EMRs fail because they do not need or meet end-user needs and/or the chosen implementation approach fails to consider work-flow patterns. This is where clinical informaticists step in and help communicate the needs of the healthcare field to developers so that needs are adequately met and the implementation strategy is well thought out.  In our third objective, we will lightly touch on some of the many areas of clinical informatics that may be found directly, or indirectly, connected to EMRs. These areas will form individual lessons within the remainder of this module on clinical informatics.  

This online presentation includes audio, demonstrations, instructional methods, and examples.

Learning objectives

Upon completing the lesson, the learner will be able to...

  1. understand the origin, benefits, challenges, and speed of growth with EMRs.
  2. examine the role of clinical informaticians in EMR development and implementation.
  3. explore the many areas that informatics may be applied to EMRs.