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HI Pulse Webinar: Preparing Medical Professionals in Health Informatics


Presented by: Rebecca Meehan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Health Informatics, Kent State University, Kent, OH

Description: Electronic medical records (EMR) have become an integral component of health care delivery in the United States. Medical students increasingly use EMRs despite inconsistency in training. This presentation will feature findings of a recent research project (Meehan, Kawalec, Caldwell, and Putman, 2017) in which residency directors of podiatric medicine in the United States were surveyed about the preparedness of the new residents (post-graduate year 1/ PGY1) in using EMRs and the potential impact on patient care. Recommendations for informatics education are made. 

Learning objectives: 

  • Depict the preparedness of podiatric PGY1 residents in using the EMR, from the perspective of podiatric residency directors across the United States.
  • Describe the effect of podiatric PGY1 residents’ inexperience with the EMR on patient care, from the perspective of podiatric residency directors. 
  • Describe the level of proficiency in EMR expected from PGY1 residents when they first arrive, from the perspective of podiatric residency directors.  
  • Describe recommendations for informatics education among podiatric medical students and medical professionals. 

Rebecca Meehan, Ph.D., came to Kent State's iSchool in 2012, bringing an extensive background in research related to health care and health informatics, particularly focused on aging services technology and clinical analytics. Her interests center on optimizing health outcomes and the doctor-patient relationship by improving the user experience of health technology. Since 2004 she has operated Meehan Group, LLC, providing consultation services in health informatics research, user experience and educational material with a focus on health care, long-term care and technology. Her previous experience also includes senior research roles with Intuit, Inc., in Highland Hills, Ohio, as well as Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Department of Sociology. She also has served as senior research scientist at Myers Research Institute of Menorah Park Center for Senior Living in Beachwood, Ohio, and senior research associate at Innovative Designs in Environments for an Aging Society (I.D.E.A.S., Inc.), in Kirtland, Ohio. Meehan holds a B.S. in biology from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind.; a master’s in sociology from CWRU; and a Ph.D. in sociology, also from CWRU, with concentrations in medical sociology and gerontology.

The webinar is free. For login instructions, contact Dr. Christine Hudak.