4036.1 The Challenge of Implementing Electronic Health Records For Practitioners & the Public: Recommendations From APHA Member Groups (PHN, Genomics, EPI, Ethics, Family Violence, CHPPD) - Part 1

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 8:30 AM
Panel Discussion
The Health Informatics & Information Technology Special Primary Interest Group of the American Public Health Association recognizes that some very important work is underway to determine how electronic health records (EHR's) can support the need to transform the U. S. health care system. The implications for health care practitioners, health care organizations, and the public are meaningful, complex, and challenging. This special invited session will bring together diverse leaders from APHA member groups to discuss the implications and provide recommendations for how best to move further implementation of EHRís forward. According to the "State Alliance for e-Health" there are five (5) major challenges to the exchange of electronic health information that impact all stakeholders: system interoperability, privacy and security, financial incentives, licensure requirements, and how to leverage state publicly funded health programs to support EHR's. (Accelerating Progress, First Annual Report and Recommendations From the State Alliance For e-Health, 2008) The challenge is clear for all stakeholder groups. This special invited session is an opportunity to open up a discussion that can lead to further clarity about the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and challenges of implementing electronic health records, and possible solutions from the field.
Session Objectives: Discuss the implications of electronic health information exchange among providers. Formulate recommendations that can assist stakeholders in planning advocacy efforts that can support the adoption and use of electronic IT.
Joseph Telfair, DrPH, MSW, MPH

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Organized by: Health Informatics Information Technology
Endorsed by: Family Violence Prevention Forum, Community Health Planning and Policy Development, Epidemiology, Ethics SPIG, Public Health Nursing, Social Work, Genomics Forum

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)