These days, people are more connected than ever before. This is true in private life as well as in the workplace where technology facilitates cross-departmental communication, regardless of geographical location. However, cooperation between academics is often limited for a variety of reasons. The Collaboration for Health IT is a good example of an inter-institutional collaboration facilitated through and geared towards the adoption of cloud-based technology. But, how do we manage to efficiently collaborate with the academic or professional staff member next door?
Toward A New Generation of Electronic Health Records (EHR) software By leveraging Internet2’s NET+ process, collaborators from the Universities of Michigan, North Carolina and Pittsburgh have been engaging in a multi year-long effort, known as the Collaboration for Health IT (Collaboration). The Collaboration is working to bring about significant and positive change in Electronic Health Records (EHR) software in order to advance patient care, research and education in the dental profession.
The EHR Secret Sauce: Governance Those of you reading this may ask, “What do electronic health records (EHRs) have to do with governance?” I say “Everything!” Now let me tell you why. Governance is the way decisions are made and the subsequent actions structured, sustained and held accountable. In the dental education and research community governance is important because it creates confidence in the EHR, and it improves the trust that the community has in its decision-making process.
Justin Starren, medical informatics researcher and director of the Center for Data Science and Informatics at Northwestern University, recently stated, “It is increasingly impossible for human clinicians to deal safely and efficiently with the combinatorial explosion that is found in modern healthcare without the aid of informatics tools”. I believe that the same can be said about dentistry. While the number of possible diagnosis and treatment options might be lower than in medicine, 3D digital imaging solutions like Dolphin, CAD/CAM restorations like CEREC and orthodontic appliances like Invisalign, would not be possible without informatics.