Interoperable electronic patient records for health care improvement

Andrew Balas, Ali Al Sanousi

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

6 Scopus citations


Pressing needs of cost-effectiveness in healthcare and opportunities of emerging electronic health record technologies offer unprecedented chance for progress. Ongoing health care improvement and patient safety initiatives demand new information collection and communication technologies (e.g., Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, Joint Commission, National Patient Safety Foundation, public health surveillance). Particularly, desire for faster action and cost-effective health care drive unprecedented investments in electronic patient records worldwide. Recognizing these opportunities, many countries and the World Health Organization have launched several major health care improvement initiatives that are driven by new electronic record technologies. In the United States, historic $19 billion investment is provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Models of sharing electronic patient data and citizen expectations for personal electronic health records will be reviewed. Regional health information networks and other information sharing initiatives depend on the interoperability of systems. Ultimately, the recent flood of health information standards needs to be balanced with actual interoperability opportunities. It is anticipated that the current policy discussions on the "meaningful use" of electronic health records will have major beneficial technical and also reimbursement implications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedical Informatics in a United and Healthy Europe - Proceedings of MIE 2009
Subtitle of host publicationThe 22nd International Congress of the European Federation for Medical Informatics
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781607500445
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event22nd International Conference on Medical Informatics Europe, MIE 2009 - Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Duration: Aug 30 2009Sep 2 2009

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365


Other22nd International Conference on Medical Informatics Europe, MIE 2009
Country/TerritoryBosnia and Herzegovina


  • CQI
  • Electronic health records
  • Meaningful use
  • Patient safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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