Health is affected by actions of health care providers as well as other social, economic, and structural factors in the larger community, but we cannot overcome barriers to health without sufficiently detailed information to identify them, develop and implement solutions, and assess their effects on life’s quality or duration. To date, most health-related information has come from electronic medical record systems and public health surveys that are difficult to access and use. However, the past 10-15 years has seen the emergence of effective health information exchanges and accessible demographic, social, and environment data. New approaches will facilitate the combining of these data into a broad health data ecosystem that will better serve innovator wishing to help people overcome the medical and social barriers to getting and staying healthy.
Join the UGA Health Informatics Institute and College of Public Health on Thursday, March 1, 2018 as guest speaker Dr. William Tierney discusses 40 years of innovation in health information science and its successes, failures, and opportunities for saving American medicine. The lecture will begin at 12pm in Russell Hall room 241 on the Health Sciences Campus.
William Tierney, MD, is a general internist, medical informaticist, and inaugural Chair of the Department of Population Health in the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin. He and his department are playing a leading role in the Dell Medical School’s mission to help Austin, Texas become a model healthy city. Previously at the Regenstrief Institute, he helped develop, implement, and study one of the country’s first electronic health record systems and the country’s first, largest, and most comprehensive health information exchange. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, Master of the American College of Physicians, and Fellow and President-elect of the American College of Medical Informatics.