Electronic Health Records: A Global Perspective White Paper

Electronic Health Records: A Global Perspective White Paper
A Work Product of the HIMSS Enterprise Systems Steering Committee and the Global Enterprise Task Force
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:

  • Funding
  • Governance
  • Standardization and interoperability
  • Communication

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
Managing Principal
Walter W. Wieners Consulting
Sausalito, California

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
Baltimore, Maryland

Beverly L. Bell, RN, CPHIMS, FHIMSS
Westerville, Ohio

Dr. Ngai Tseung Cheung
Chief Medical Informatics Officer
Hong Kong Hospital Authority
Hong Kong

Georg Heidenreich
Manager, Healthcare IT
Siemens AG Healthcare
Erlangen, Germany

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

Susheel Ladwa
Practice Leader, Healthcare and Life Sciences
Wipro Technologies
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Joanne Lessard, MScA, PMP, CPHIMS, CLSSBB
Senior Director
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

Cherie Montgomery
Product Management
Sorian Clinicals, Siemens Medical Solutions

Dave Nurse
Technical Director
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
Vienna, Virginia

Sanjay P. Sood
C-DAC School of Advanced Computing
Quatre Bornes, Mauritius

Joseph Wagner, MPA, FHIMSS
The Courtyard Group
New York, New York

Gerry Yantis
Vice President, Global Healthcare Lead
Capgemini Government Solutions
Herndon, Virginia

©2008 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

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