The infraNET Project and
The Education Program for Health Informatics Professionals (EPHIP)
University of Waterloo
the Health Record
Health Network (eCHN)
The Hospital for Sick Children
IBM Global Healthcare Solutions
Wednesday, October 16,
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Davis Centre, Room 1302
University of Waterloo
The electronic Child Health Network
(eCHN) is an example of an electronic health record (EHR). Optimal
patient care requires that information about a person's health and
dealings with the health care system must be available to the
appropriate people when and where it is needed. Information about
current tests and interventions needs to be available as soon as possible, both
for better patient care and for the efficient use of the clinician's time. It
must be available to the appropriate clinicians wherever they and the patient may
be during a given episode of care. This could be in a doctor's office, clinic,
long term care, rehab or chronic care facility.
A properly designed, comprehensive EHR
system meets these requirements and has a number of other benefits as
well. EHRs are composed of the information that heretofore would have
made up a patient's paper charts, possibly at different institutions
and offices, but stored in digital form on a computer. Most information
is usually in the form of digital report or text data, but can also
include diagnostic images, multimedia objects like ultrasound clips
with sound, or static or full motion images.
This presentation provides a case study
of the construction of an integrated and shared EHR from multiple
systems at multiple sites for the benefit of the patient and the clinician.
Andrew Szende is Chief Executive Officer of eCHN, the electronic
Child Health Network, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Health
Policy, Evaluation and Management, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.
He has a management and communications background in the private and public
sectors. As a management consultant, he facilitated the creation of the Rouge
Valley Health System. Earlier, he served as Assistant Deputy Minister of Health,
Associate Secretary of the Cabinet, and Ontario's chief economic and trade
representative in Hong Kong.
Pat Billard is a Solution
Architect in Health Network Solutions of IBM Global Healthcare
Solutions. Pat was involved in the building and deployment of eCHN from
the beginning ― more than four years ago. He has been with IBM
for more than 20 years.
For more information
The infraNET Project
Computer Systems Group, University of Waterloo
This seminar is hosted by the Education
Program for Health Informatics Professionals (EPHIP) 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