March 20, 2017

DLHS Brown Bag Seminar with University of Pittsburgh Biomedical Informatics faculty: Gerald Douglas PhD & Julia Driessen PhD

12:00 PM

Tubman Health Sciences Library

Dr. Douglas and Dr. Driessen will be presenting "Optimizing the Value of EMR Systems in Low-Income Countries using Economic Models"

Dr. Douglas is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Health Policy & Management at University of Pittsburgh.  He is also Director of the Center for Health Informatics for the Underserved in the Department of Biomedical Informatics.  Dr. Driessen is an Assistant Professor of Health Policy & Management, Economics and Biomedical Informatics as well as Affiliated Faculty, Health Policy Institute.

"Approximately two-thirds of the world's population live in low-income countries (LICs), where the burden of disease is disproportionately greater, and limited resources prevent governments from delivering healthcare that meets minimum international standards. We propose a methodology to optimize the use of limited resources in LIC hospitals through the phased adoption of electronic medical record (EMR) modules. We re-imagine the EMR as a series of structured, interconnected informatics interventions that can be individually modeled. We emphasize an incremental deployment of EMR modules sequenced to maximize return on investment (ROI), which addresses the barrier of limited resources and allows gradual financial returns to underwrite the implementation of subsequent modules.  We demonstrate how this approach could be employed for an 850-bed tertiary hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi, with informatics-appropriate needs ranging from surgery scheduling to laboratory test labeling."