202072 Omaha System partnerships: Advancing practice, documentation, and information management

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Karen S. Martin, RN, MSN, FAAN , Martin Associates, Omaha, NE
Kathryn H. Bowles, RN, PhD, FAAN , School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Pamela J. Correll, RN, BSN , Public Health Nursing Program, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Bangor, ME
Marylyn Morris McEwen, PhD, PHCNS-BC , College of Nursing, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
The Omaha System is a research-based, standardized, comprehensive terminology that exists in the public domain. It was designed for interdisciplinary use at the point-of-care to improve practice, documentation, and information management. It is included in SNOMED CT®, LOINC, and HL7, the US DHHS messaging standards, and in HITSP use cases, the national initiative to increase interoperability. Practice, education, and research sites that use the Omaha System and software developers who base their clinical information systems on the Omaha System recognize the mutual benefits of partnerships. Because the use of information technology is expanding rapidly in health departments and other provider sites, it is important to work together to describe, quantify, and communicate data about the quality and costs of clinical services. Therefore, Omaha System partnerships are increasing nationally and internationally. During 2008, publications summarized three examples of such partnerships; each involved the Omaha System, electronic documentation, and clinical data evaluation. Faculty members at The University of Arizona Colleges of Nursing and Pharmacy provided interdisciplinary case management services in the Arizona-Sonora, Mexico border region for Mexican American adults with type 2 diabetes and/or at risk for developing diabetes. The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing developed partnerships with nurses, researchers, and major insurers to improve care and data flow for 600 frail, older adults who had chronic illnesses. State of Maine public health nurses and administrators worked in partnership with a software developer to help the organization standardize clinical data and information. Together, they were able to demonstrate health improvement and the value of service. Three other speakers in this session will describe details about the diverse partnerships they are establishing within a public health department, between a local health department and a school of nursing, and between a state health department and a school of nursing.

Learning Objectives:
1.Discuss challenges involving collection, quantification, and communication of public health clinical data. 2.Describe how interdisciplinary partnerships can address these challenges. 3.Summarize examples of diverse Omaha System partnerships.

Keywords: Information Technology, Information Systems

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I served as the director of research for 16 years while the Omaha System was developed and refined. During that time and the next 15 years, I have continued to participate in research, write for publication, provide consultation, and speak about documentation, information technology, and the Omaha System.
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
People from numerous organizations People attended Omaha System Basic Workshops and purchased Omaha System books Author of the 2005 Omaha System book published by Health Connections Press, Consultant and Speaker's bureau and teaching engagements

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.