Making Connections: Electronic Health Records and Librarians

MLA Course
Listing Archived: Wednesday, December 31, 1969

Primary contact information...
National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region
University of Washington
Box 357155
Seattle WA , 98195
United States
Nikki Dettmar is the primary contact.
Phone: 206-543-3409
Region: Pacific Northwest

Description: This class will provide an introduction to electronic health records (EHRs) and the conjunction of health information technology (health IT), information professionals, and patients accessing information through EHRs and/or the Internet. Participants will learn about the information components within EHRs, Federal legislation regarding EHRs, and roles for librarians within their institutions and working with patients regarding EHRs.

Experience Level: Beginning
CE Contact Hours: 4
Professional Competencies: Health Sciences Environment and Information Policies, Information Systems and Technology
Subject: Electronic Resources, Health Care Informatics, Technology/Systems
Course Type: e-Learning, RML Offerings

Educational Objective: At the end of the class, participants will be able to: Explain what an electronic health record (EHR) is and how it differs from an electronic medical record (EMR,) Describe three or more data categories, elements and systems for EHRs, including clinical decision support systems (CDS), Identify what the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act is, including the concept of ‘meaningful use’ in relation to EHRs and clinical practice, Increase awareness of roles for librarians in the development, implementation and use of EHRs for clinical institutions, Describe roles for librarians in the education of patients and the general public regarding EHRs.


Week 1 module - Introduction to Electronic Health Records (EHRs). Students receive an introduction to EHRs and other electronic health information systems, study some common components of EHRs, and follow a case study about a company's insight about the EHR adoption process for them by reading articles, watching videos, and visiting websites. Class activities include a discussion forum about insights and questions students have as a result of this information module.

Week 2 module - Federal Legislation and Electronic Health Records (EHRs). Students receive an overview of legislation regarding EHRs, including information about the meaningful use of EHRs as related to Federal legislation, and an update on current activity regarding select current HITECH programs through the use of reading articles, viewing videos and studying websites. Activities include completing the Top EHR Acronym crossword and taking the Test Your Meaningful Use IQ poll.

Week 3 module - Librarians and Electronic Health Records (EHRs). Building on the knowledge gained from the previous two modules, students learn about the use and information needs of patients with EHRs, what MedlinePlus Connect is and how it can help meet Meaningful Use requirements and patient information needs in EHRs, and learn case studies about medical librarians currently involved in the selection, development, implementation and use of EHRs within their institutions. Activities include creating personal plans identifying ways for students to currently be involved in EHRs within their institutions, a group brainstorming activity for future involvement ideas, and a discussion forum.

The instructional methods used include Slides, Learning Videotape, Discussion, Brainstorming, Sharing/Self-disclosure, Hands-on Exercises, and Case Study.

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