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Waterloo Institute for Health Informatics Research
University of Waterloo

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In Pursuit of the EHR Holy Grail:
A Critical Situational Review


Dominic Covvey
Professor and NSERC/Agfa Executive Industrial Research Chair in Health Informatics, Faculty of Science
Founding Director, Waterloo Institute for Health Informatics Research
University of Waterloo

Wednesday, February 22, 2006
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Davis Centre, Room 1302
University of Waterloo

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

Presentation Archive 2005-2006

Virtually all provinces are currently engaged in one way or another in planning and putting in place the building blocks and infrastructure needed to realize a universally-accessible Electronic Health Record (EHR). Although the definition of what an EHR is seems to vary widely, we can characterize it for our purposes here as a comprehensive, patient-specific longitudinal record of all health-related information over a person s life accessible at all points of care. Within Ontario there are many what I ll call province-level superstructural projects that are intended to put in place key components of the EHR and/or to advance the Province s transformation agenda. How well is all of this going? Are we building the right components and are they adequate to address the needs that the EHR targets? How usable will these components be and what effects might they have? What is happening regarding investment at the institutional and regional levels regarding the infrastructural systems that will feed the EHR the data to make it a vital and useful resource? Where are we with regard to human resources with adequate knowledge and experience in Health Informatics to design, build and maintain these systems? My objectives will be to clarify what is underway, to point out specific strengths and shortcomings of the efforts, and to make suggestions regarding how the health system can proceed on the most productive basis towards the goal of realizing a useful EHR.

About the Speaker
Dominic Covvey is a Professor, the NSERC/Agfa Executive Industrial Research Chair in Health Informatics in the Faculty of Science, and the Founding Director of the Waterloo Institute for Health Informatics Research at the University of Waterloo. His research is in the area of the representation and evaluation of workflow in healthcare settings, the economics of IT in the health system, and the design of the Electronic Health Record. He has published 6 books, 3 book chapters, and several hundred papers, and he is a frequent speaker at international Health Informatics conferences. Dominic is a member of the Ontario Hospitals eHealth Council and the eHealth Alignment Review Board of the Ontario eHealth Secretariat. Dominic is a Fellow of ACMI and of HIMSS, a senior member of the IEEE, a member of the ACM, AMIA, API, AHIMA, CCS, CLMA, CIPS, and COACH. He is also a CIPS-certified Information Systems Professional.

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 Siebel), MKS, Open Text, RIM, Sybase (Waterloo) and Waterloo Maple.

We also gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the Institute for Computer Research, University of Waterloo.