Lawson Health Research Institute and
Waterloo Institute for Health Informatics Research
Linking People, Process and Informatics
Together as a System
W. Stead, M.D.
Vice Chancellor for Strategy/Transformation
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
October 29, 2008
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Davis Centre, Room 1302
University of Waterloo
Seminar Series Sponsors
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
McKesson Information Solutions
Healthcare Information Management and Communications Canada
focuses on individual performance. Performance is no better than that
of the individual. In contrast, system-supported practice focuses on
the performance of the system. The goal is for teams of people, well
defined processes, and informatics tools to work in concert to achieve
the desired result every time. A shift to system-supported practice
faces three challenges: translating evidence into standard practices, achieving
closed loop control with the human in the loop, and changing the culture
of the health professions and the health care industry. Dr. Stead will provide
examples of approaches to overcoming the first two challenges based on the
work of his team at Vanderbilt and he will comment on the nature of the latter.
About the Speaker
Dr. Stead is Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategy/Transformation,
Director of the Informatics Center,
and McKesson Foundation Professor of Biomedical Informatics and
Medicine at Vanderbilt University.
The Informatics Center
blends units that manage the Medical Center
s information technology infrastructure, the academic Department of
Biomedical Informatics (research and education), the Eskind Biomedical
Library (knowledge management), and the Center for Better Health
(accelerating change). Dr. Stead received his B.A., M.D, Internal
Medicine, and Nephrology training at Duke University.
His interest in computer-based patient records dates to 1968. At
Vanderbilt, his team has translated informatics research into
approaches to information infrastructure to reduce cost to
implementation and barriers to adoption. The resulting enterprise-wide
electronic patient chart and communication/decision support tools
support his current focus on system-supported, evidence-based practice
and research leading toward personalized medicine. He is a Founding
Fellow of the American College
of Medical Informatics and a member the Institute of Medicine.
For more information
Managing Director, WIHIR
University of Waterloo
This seminar is hosted by the Waterloo Institute for Health
Informatics Research (WIHIR) 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 were: LivePage (now part of Oracle), MKS, Open Text, RIM,
Sybase (Waterloo) and Waterloo Maple.
We also gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the Institute for
Computer Research, University of Waterloo.