Healthcare information technology (IT) is a sleeping giant. Although healthcare budgets contribute to the bulk of worldwide industrialized government spending, healthcare IT lags far behind the technological capabilities of other global businesses including banking, telecommunications and the media.
The HIMSS Global Enterprise Task Force (GETF) was asked to investigate efforts to implement the electronic health record (EHR) in a host of countries around the world. GETF looked at a battery of electronic health record (EHR) components within each country, including security, quality, financing sources and barriers to adoption. Four common threads that affect EHR implementation and produce a kinship between every effort around the globe were identified:
- Standardization and interoperability
Local and nationwide efforts to realize EHR systems were intermittently reported in all the countries we studied. When analyzing these efforts, the common threads listed above helped to explain the success, barriers or implementation failures experienced in each country.
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Global Enterprise Task Force
Chair, Steve Arnold, MD, MS, MBA, CPE
President & CEO
Healthcare Consultants International
Lagrangeville, New York
Co-Chair, Walter W. Wieners, FHIMSS
Walter W. Wieners Consulting
Global Enterprise Task Force Members Contributors to the White Paper
Marion J. Ball, EdD, FHIMSS, FCHIME
Fellow, IBM Center for Healthcare Management
Professor Emeritus, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
Beverly L. Bell, RN, CPHIMS, FHIMSS
Dr. Ngai Tseung Cheung
Chief Medical Informatics Officer
Hong Kong Hospital Authority
Manager, Healthcare IT
Siemens AG Healthcare
Susan J. Hyatt, BSc (PT), MBA
President & CEO
Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Gary M. Klein, MD, MPH, MBA, CHS-V
Chief Medical Officer, Vangent, Inc
President, American Academy of Disaster Medicine
Practice Leader, Healthcare and Life Sciences
Joanne Lessard, MScA, PMP, CPHIMS, CLSSBB
CIM - Conseil en Immobilisation & Management Inc.
Montréal, Québec, Canada
Yu-Chuan (Jack) Li, MD, PhD
President, Asia Pacific Assoc for Med Info
Professor and Chair, Institute of Biomedical Informatics, Taiwan
Sorian Clinicals, Siemens Medical Solutions
CSW Group Ltd
Oxford, United Kingdom
Michael Nusbaum, BASc, MHSA, FHIMSS
M.H. Nusbaum & Associates Ltd.
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Erik Pupo, MBA
Senior Enterprise Architect
Pearson Blueprint Technologies
Sanjay P. Sood
C-DAC School of Advanced Computing
Quatre Bornes, Mauritius
Joseph Wagner, MPA, FHIMSS
The Courtyard Group
New York, New York
Vice President, Global Healthcare Lead
Capgemini Government Solutions
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