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Future of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and Health Data DesignWednesday 15 Sep 2021 | 12 pm – 1 pm AEST

Speaker: Heather Grain

Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are the key digital health technology in the increasingly diversifying modes of health care delivery.  Accurate, accessible, consistent and contemporaneous health record information is central to the success of telehealth, Zoom consults in primary and tertiary health care. Furthermore, consistent modes of data collection in EHRs has the potential to inform the interoperability with new technologies such as wearables and post discharge care applications.

Health Information professionals have a strong and enduring interaction with health care records and large body of knowledge that can be brought to bear on the ongoing transformation of EHRs and evolving technologies.

Heather Grain notes that EHRs, like their paper based and digitally based forebears need structure.  She shares that the discoveries from the UK and Europe show that where that structure is built upon a consistent understanding of the data in the record the record itself gains power.

Heather brings her expert knowledge to this important area of Health Information Management and provides insights into the tool “openEHR” which is used internationally to:

  • define the content of health records
  • reduce software development time
  • information exchange errors and expenses.

This webinar will also consider the Clinical Knowledge Manager which is an open source tool used by many countries (including Australia) as the underpinning approach innovations such as MyHealthRecord.   Heather will reflect on how this approach has resulted in data that is consistent and comparable but still flexible and displayed in ways which fit the needs of each individual use case; ultimately this enables EHRs which can use data like lego to build what is needed.

Join Heather Grain and HIMAA on 15 September 2021 and learn the future of EHR and health data design, and how to access and use these standards and tools.