Proposal Accepted for Session at 2013 Conference

We are pleased to announce a session at an upcoming conference with our Internet2 NET+ ICE-EHR partnership.

A proposal submitted by the participating universities and Internet2 in partnership with ICE  has been accepted as a session for the 2013 Information Technology in Academic Medicine Conference sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Information Resources (GIR). The proposal, “The future of data sharing for all of health care,” has been accepted for a session at the meeting.

Please find below the session outline;

Health science schools increasingly face challenges in sharing data and leveraging resources. This session will explore data sharing for a unified electronic health record (across health disciplines), for an interoperable research database (across institutions), and for robust reporting (across departments), using one secure, cloud-based system on a high-speed, national network.

Schools of dental medicine face the same challenges as medical schools with one exception. Dental schools often also operate a dental hospital and, therefore, must provide integrative infrastructure required for patient care, including a dental electronic health record (EHR). This panel will address the emerging challenges and a proposed solution for a robust, secure, cloud-based EHR as a platform for all dental and medical disciplines. 

Going “paperless” means increased access to data, right? For the past decade, dental schools like others have made the move to EHR systems. Yet the available client-server-based EHR systems have evolved more slowly than the needs of the institution. Thus, despite having paperless technology, institutions have encountered challenges in sharing data. 

Several immediate goals exist for the future of dental data: A concern for patient care and presence in medical institutions presents a need for a unified health record. A desire to strengthen research data pools and studies calls for data sharing across schools. Meanwhile, increased need to report financial, statistical, medical, demographical, and academic data requires robust data access and sharing across internal departments. Current systems are limited in their ability to provide powerful data sharing without also investing significant additional resources. However, there is simultaneous pressure from administrations and budgets towards further leveraging existing informatics staff, hardware, and software resources.

Secure, cloud-based technology is one strategy for facilitating collaborations and leveraging resources. The highest returns for cloud technology can be realized by institutions when the setup includes third-party provision of load-balanced auto-scaling server clusters, eliminating hardware maintenance. Platform-agnostic web-based software distributed over such hardware solutions creates a “software as a service”, where users pay to use the service they may access via any browser or mobile device. In addition, research institutions that are part of Internet2 have access to a network over 100 times faster than the public internet. New vendors wishing to provide secure, cloud-based software as a service to research universities can undergo a software validation process with NET+, the vetting arm of Internet2. NET+ helps valid vendors establish basic standards, such as login and security, pilot the university-tailored software and begin offering their service for purchase.

The University of Michigan, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have partnered with Internet2 and a secure, cloud-based electronic health record vendor, ICE Health Systems, to innovate a secure solution for data sharing needs that also maintains or reduces resource dependency on individual schools. Current work includes creating ability for the ICE software to allow customized, user-friendly presentation to each school or user type, while preserving data integrity essential for research data mining. Speakers in this session will explore data sharing for a unified health record (across all dental and medical disciplines), for an interoperable research database (across institutions), and for robust reporting (across departments), using one secure, cloud-based system on a high-speed, national network. The benefits of this innovative approach are expected to be released for use by any institution in the Internet2 research network.

The 2013 Information Technology in Academic Medicine Conference will take place June 5-7, 2013 in Vancouver, Canada at the Renaissance Vancouver Hotel Harbourside Hotel. The session is scheduled for Thursday, June 6, 2013 from 9:45-10:45AM PST.

For more information on the Internet2 NET+ ICE-EHR offering, please visit the Internet2 NET+ ICE-EHR webpage.

Participating Universities
The University of Michigan School of Dentistry
For more information visit: www.dent.umich.edu.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry
For more information visit: www.dentistry.unc.edu.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine
For more information visit: www.dental.pitt.edu.

For more information on the 2013 conference, or to register, please visit the AAMC website.

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