The jointly-sponsored American Medical Informatics Association/Association of Academic Health Sciences Librarians/Medical Library Association workshop “Achieving Meaningful Use: Using Standards to Bring Medical Information to Practitioners and Patients” held on November 15th at the Washington Hilton was a great success. Not only did I inform the attendees about my work at Georgetown, I also learned a lot from the other speakers at the event. The top three things I learned that I hope to implement at MGUH are:
1. Obtaining patient information before rounds each day so I can begin researching relevant topics ahead of time.
2. Meeting with clinicians after rounds to provide more in-depth decision support.
3. Embedding “Infobuttons” in the EMR that link to context-sensitive information resources to help clinicians make evidence-based decisions.
Also, Dr. Marc Overhage (a member of the Meaningful Use workgroup of the U.S. Health IT Policy Committee) talked about the state of US hospitals implementation of EHRs which meet meaningful use criteria. As hospitals improve their EHRs, there will be more opportunities for informationists to provide decision support through initiatives such as infobuttons.