Thursday, June 30, 2011

Noted Medication Safety Expert Comments on the Benefits and Potential Dangers of E-Prescribing

Michael Cohen, President of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices posted a valuable commentary on e-Prescribing this week. 

He states “Patients should always receive verbal instructions from the prescriber, be given an opportunity to ask questions, and, with e-prescribing, also be provided with some sort of corresponding “voucher” that lists the prescribed medication, dose, and directions for use. Then the patient can use the voucher to check the prescription by matching it to what he or she actually receives in the pharmacy to assure it is the correct medication.”
See the full article here.

Monday, June 27, 2011

10x10 with University of Texas | AMIA

Healthcare Interface Design Distance Learning Course

First 10x10 offering from The University of Texas to begin July 11, 2011!

The School of Biomedical Informatics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston will be offering its Healthcare Interface Design Distance Learning Course as part of the AMIA 10x10 program.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston’s contribution to the AMIA 10x10 is an online course that focuses on EMR, human-computer interaction, human factors and Health IT usability.

This on-line interactive course will allow the student to master the fundamental principles and methods in health interface design, learn how to evaluate the usability of existing systems, and also learn how to design new systems with built-in good usability by applying related theories, principles, methodologies and techniques.

The AMIA-UTH 10x10 course is intended for Health IT professionals, CIO’s, CMIO’s, system developers and programmers, researchers and informaticians, physicians, nurses, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and other healthcare professionals. The registrant should have an educational background in health sciences, computer science, informatics, or other related areas.

10x10 with University of Texas AMIA

Thursday, June 23, 2011

SHARPC Team Receives Honorable Mention in Competition

Congratulations to the SHARPC team which partnered members from the University of Washington, General UI, and the Department of General Affairs. Among 15 final submissions, the team recently received an honorable mention in The SMART Platform Apps Challenge recently sponsored and funded by The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology through the Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects (SHARP) program.  As an honorable mention recipient, the team’s app will be showcased in the SMART Apps Gallery on the website.

This multidisciplinary team developed and submitted Priority ContactTM  a smartphone application that is designed to improve direct communication between providers and patients to discuss, interpret, and manage treatment plans after new test results are received.  

Please see the award announcement here or you may go directly to the link for the Priority ContactTM  submission