The federal implementation of electronic health records was largely discussed at the Omaha System International Conference April 16-18 in Eagan, Minn.
Multidisciplinary participants from Estonia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, the Netherlands, and 17 states attended. The conference was presented by Martin Associates; the school host was the University of Minnesota School of Nursing.
The theme of this years conference was Omaha System partnerships. The federal mandate to implement electronic health records in the USA by 2014 is driving the adoption of information technology solutions. The international participants described a similar technology explosion in their countries. Such trends foster natural partnerships between practice, education, research, and information technology.Amy Lytton (from left), Ard Leferink, and Diane Bedecarre attend the conference.
Conference presenters described information technology partnerships in home care, public health, hospice, acute care, case management, long-term care, nurse-managed center, parish, child care, and university settings. These partnerships share a common goal: to improve the quality of healthcare services by documenting assessments, interventions, and outcome measures. The Omaha System has been recognized as a standardized terminology by the American Nurses Association since 1992. As such, it facilitates the exchange of clinical data.