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System-Supported Clinical Practice:
Linking People, Process and Informatics Together as a System


William W. Stead, M.D.

Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategy/Transformation
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Wednesday, 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

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Expert-based practice 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
Shirley Fenton
Managing Director, WIHIR
University of Waterloo
(519) 888-4074

Seminar Hosts
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.