Community Learning Space

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

present ...

The Human Side of Health Informatics


Jim Anderson, PhD
Fellow, American College of Medical Informatics
Professor, Medical Sociology
Professor, Health Communications
Purdue University

Wednesday, April 20, 2005
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Davis Centre, Room 1302
University of Waterloo

Seminar Sponsors:
McKesson Information Solutions, VON Canada and HIMCC Inc.

This seminar is of interest to Health and IT Executives, IS/IT Staff, Faculty and Students.
There is no charge for this event, however, we ask that you register to attend.
Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Go To Presentation Archive 2004-2005

While business and industry invest heavily in information technology to manage workflow and decision making to increase productivity and profitability, the health care sector lags woefully behind. Less than 10 % of U.S. hospitals have adopted computerized patient records and less than 5 % have adopted computerized physician order entry. A recent Web-based survey found that less than 25 % of U.S. primary care physicians have implemented electronic medical records, electronic prescribing, point-of-care decision support tools and electronic communication with patients. In comparison to other English speaking countries, the U.S. lags behind in the use of electronic medical records and electronic prescribing. This seminar will address reasons for the slow adoption of information technology in health care. Barriers that impede adoption of information technology in health care will be examined. These include cost, lack of generally accepted standards, and legal, social and organizational issues.

Jim Anderson
Professor Anderson, Ph.D., earned a B.E.S. (Chem. Eng.), M.S.E. (Operations Research and Industrial Eng.), M.A.T. (Chemistry and Mathematics), and a Ph.D. (Education and Sociology) from the Johns Hopkins University. He is the former Director, Division of Engineering, Evening College at Johns Hopkins University. At Purdue, he has served as Assistant Dean, Analytical Studies, School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education (1975-78), Associate Director, Health Services Research Training Program (1971-76), Director, Social Research Institute (1995-98), and Co-Director, Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention (1994-Present). He is the author/co-author of five books including Evaluating the Organizational Impact of Health Care Information Systems; Ethics and Information Technology: A Case-Based Approach to a Health Care System in Transition; and Evaluating Health Care Information Systems: Methods and Applications. His work has been recognized by outstanding research awards by the American Association for Medical Systems and Informatics, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Alliance for Continuing Medical Education, and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). He has also been a member of international delegations on medical informatics to China, Hungary and Russia. He currently serves on the editorial board of the AMIA; as the Chair Quality Improvement Working Group and Past Chair of the Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues Working Group of AMIA; Associate VP for Simulation in Health Care of the Society for Computer Simulation International; and past Chair of the Section on Communication and Information Technologies of the American Sociological Association.

For more information

Shirley Fenton
Managing Director, WIHIR
The infraNET Project
Computer Systems Group, 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 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 Waterloo.