The infraNET Project and
The Education Program for Health Informatics Professionals (EPHIP)
University of Waterloo
Applying Just-In Time Knowledge
Wednesday, November 20,
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Davis Centre, Room 1302
University of Waterloo
There is no charge.
Space is limited.
We recommend registering for the seminar to reserve your seat.
Seats are reserved on a first come, first served basis.
Medical errors have been the object of
increasing attention since the publication of the Institute of
Medicine report: To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System . This
report estimated that medical errors in U.S. hospitals account for the
equivalent of a 747 plane crash every day. A large hospital could save
30-40 hospital beds per year by decreasing adverse drug event-related
morbidity. Healthcare providers are just starting to assess the
impacts of medical errors on patient safety and on costs. Early
responses include on-line Physician Order Entry systems and the
delivery of evidence-based care guidance to the point of care.
This seminar illustrates technological
advancements focused on reducing medical errors and optimizing the
utilization of resources. Medicalis Inc., with Brigham and Woman
Hospital (BWH), in Boston, MA, has developed a patented web-based
solution that delivers the most current and up-to-date medical information
to physicians. The evidence-based information that the physician
receives is relevant and specific to each patient interaction. This
solution includes a web application for physicians to order tests and
review the results, an integration layer that bridges the practitioner
s office with the systems of the test-performing institution, and a
workflow manager and advice-engine that use relevant knowledge to
The presentation addresses clinical
and technological issues: physician reaction and willingness to accept
such technologies, the bridging of islands of healthcare information,
the embedding of knowledge in interactive and complex processes, and
the benefits of knowledge management solutions. A demonstration of the
technology used at BWH will also be given.
Patricia Beretta joined
Medicalis as Executive VP, Marketing and Strategy in July 2002. Patricia
brings to Medicalis her experience in marketing and sales, and clinical
research in radiology and cardiology. Previously, Patricia headed up
the Market Strategy, MARCOM, and Clinical Management groups with Mitra
Imaging Inc. of Waterloo, Ontario. For over 14 years, her
multi-functional and executive experience, both in private and
publicly held companies in the medical industry, led her into a number
of North American and European vendors and hospital sites. For over
10 years, Patricia served with Philips Medical Systems throughout
Europe. Patricia has a PhD (Biomedical Engineering) from the
University of Lyon I, France. Patricia is a member of the Governing
Council of the National Research Council of Canada/Conseil national de
recherches du Canada (NRC/CNRC).
Rick Stroobosscher is
Medicalis Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Executive VP,
Engineering. Prior to joining Medicalis, Rick was the CTO of Mitra
Imaging Inc. of Waterloo, Ontario where he focused on developing
innovative and standards-based technologies to enhance the integration
of disparate clinical systems and the communication of medical data
across the healthcare enterprise. Rick was one of the primary
architects of solutions for archiving and distribution of image data, as
well as integration of image and information systems. Rick also
launched and managed Mitra s European headquarters. Rick has a M.
Mathematics (Computer Science) from the University of Waterloo, Ontario.
For more information
The infraNET Project
Computer Systems Group, University of Waterloo
This seminar is hosted by the Education
Program for Health Informatics Professionals (EPHIP) and The infraNET
Project, University of Waterloo.
The infraNET Project, initiated by the
University of Waterloo in 1996, is a partnership to advance Web and
Internet technologies. Its founding partners are: LivePage (now part
of Siebel), MKS, Open Text, RIM, Sybase (Waterloo) and Waterloo Maple.
We also gratefully acknowledge the
assistance of the Institute for Computer Research, University of