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The infraNET Project and 
Waterloo Institute for Health Informatics Research
University of Waterloo

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"Why Not Address Clinician Knowledge Management Needs?"


Dr. Octo Barnett
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and
Senior Scientific Director, Laboratory of Computer Science
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA

Wednesday, June 27, 2007
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Davis Centre, Room 1302
University of Waterloo

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Seminar Series Sponsors

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
McKesson Information Solutions - Smart Systems for Health Agency
Healthcare Information Management and Communications Canada

Presentation Archive 2007

Numerous studies have shown that the information needs of primary care physicians are not being met. In addition, the information management requirements and work-flow needs of routine practice require a large proportion of the time of each visit. One of the recommendations from the Institute of Medicine report on improving the delivery of medical care was to utilize information technology in daily practice to increase the use of scientifically valid decision-making.

Dr. Barnett will present and discuss the characteristics of a Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) web-based application that is very effective (and heavily used) in supporting knowledge access about disease management, clinical decision making, patient instructions, and how to access and use the administrative resources of the institution. The key principle is that medical knowledge (both clinical and administrative) is most appreciated and used when it is focused on specific decision needs and specific actions to be taken for a particular patient at the time when the physician s attention is directed to the care of that patient.

About the Speaker
Octo Barnett received a BS from Vanderbilt University and an MD from the Harvard Medical School. From 1962 to 2002, he was the Director of the Laboratory of Computer Science (LSC) at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). In 2002, he became Senior Scientific Director of LCS. He is also a physician at MGH, a professor of medicine at the Harvard Medical School and a lecturer in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. Dr. Barnett has led active research programs in the application of computer technology to computer-based medical record systems, physician workstations, clinical problem solving, expert systems in medical diagnosis, knowledge management, medical education, and clinical research.

Dr. Barnett is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Founding Fellow of both the American College of Medical Informatics (AMIA) and the American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. He has served on the Board of Directors of AMIA, the Editorial Board of Computers in Biomedical Research and the Editorial Board of Methods of Information in Medicine. From 1985-93, he was the Director of the Academic Information Technology Development, HMS. In 1996, Dr. Barnett received the prestigious Morris Collen Award of Excellence from AMIA.

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.