infraNET Project and
Waterloo Institute for Health Informatics Research
University of Waterloo
The Human Side of Health Informatics
Jim Anderson, PhD
Fellow, American College of Medical Informatics
Professor, Medical Sociology
Professor, Health Communications
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Davis Centre, Room 1302
University of Waterloo
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.
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.
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
Managing Director, WIHIR
The infraNET Project
Computer Systems Group, 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 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