Establishing a multidisciplinary initiative for interoperable electronic health record innovations at an academic medical center
AuthorKawamoto, K; Kukhareva, P; Weir, C; Flynn, MC; Nanjo, CJ; Martin, DK; Warner, PB; Shields, DE; Rodriguez-Loya, S; Bradshaw, RL; ...
Source TitleJAMIA Open
PublisherOXFORD UNIV PRESS
University of Melbourne Author/sChapman, Wendy
AffiliationMedicine Dentistry & Health Sciences
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsKawamoto, K., Kukhareva, P., Weir, C., Flynn, M. C., Nanjo, C. J., Martin, D. K., Warner, P. B., Shields, D. E., Rodriguez-Loya, S., Bradshaw, R. L., Cornia, R. C., Reese, T. J., Kramer, H. S., Taft, T., Curran, R. L., Morgan, K. L., Borbolla, D., Hightower, M., Turnbull, W. J. ,... Del Fiol, G. (2021). Establishing a multidisciplinary initiative for interoperable electronic health record innovations at an academic medical center. JAMIA OPEN, 4 (3), https://doi.org/10.1093/jamiaopen/ooab041.
Access StatusOpen Access
Open Access at PMChttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8325485
Objective: To establish an enterprise initiative for improving health and health care through interoperable electronic health record (EHR) innovations. Materials and Methods: We developed a unifying mission and vision, established multidisciplinary governance, and formulated a strategic plan. Key elements of our strategy include establishing a world-class team; creating shared infrastructure to support individual innovations; developing and implementing innovations with high anticipated impact and a clear path to adoption; incorporating best practices such as the use of Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) and related interoperability standards; and maximizing synergies across research and operations and with partner organizations. Results: University of Utah Health launched the ReImagine EHR initiative in 2016. Supportive infrastructure developed by the initiative include various FHIR-related tooling and a systematic evaluation framework. More than 10 EHR-integrated digital innovations have been implemented to support preventive care, shared decision-making, chronic disease management, and acute clinical care. Initial evaluations of these innovations have demonstrated positive impact on user satisfaction, provider efficiency, and compliance with evidence-based guidelines. Return on investment has included improvements in care; over $35 million in external grant funding; commercial opportunities; and increased ability to adapt to a changing healthcare landscape. Discussion: Key lessons learned include the value of investing in digital innovation initiatives leveraging FHIR; the importance of supportive infrastructure for accelerating innovation; and the critical role of user-centered design, implementation science, and evaluation. Conclusion: EHR-integrated digital innovation initiatives can be key assets for enhancing the EHR user experience, improving patient care, and reducing provider burnout.
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