As mentioned in my introductory post, I am interested in health informatics and am currently enrolled in SI 542, Introduction to Health Informatics, taught by Professor of Information and Health Management and Policy Chuck Friedman. Our most recent lecture was given by the University of Michigan’s Chief Medical Information Officer, Dr. Andrew Rosenberg, who shared his views about clinical medicine as an information science. He particularly focused on the role of information gathering and displaying in health records starting with the earliest medical informationist, Florence Nightingale, to the transition(ing) process of using repetitive paper documentation to the affordances of electronic health records and telemedicine, and the presence of COWs in the hospital. (You’ll definitely want to click on the link to see what kind of COWS he was talking about.)
Not to be left out of the shift from paper documentation to electronic health records, the Michigan Institute for Clinical Health & Research (MICHR) Michigan Clinical Research Unit (MCRU) went live yesterday (Monday, September 16, 2013) with MiChart, the University’s Electronic Health Record system. Researchers will be better able to integrate clinical care and research through access to real-time documentation of electronically entered data.