The Power of Clinical Language - Breaking through Silos: Unlocking the Potential of Clinical Information with Terminology Services

December 16, 5:00am - December 15, 4:00pm, UTC

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The Power of Clinical Language - Breaking through Silos: Unlocking the Potential of Clinical Information with Terminology Services

Date:   Dec 15, 2015
Time:   1:00 PM

Description:

This presentation describes the general process and benefits offered by standardizing clinical documentation in electronic systems at the point of care. When clinical language is standardized into a structured format and supported by terminology services (process, people, technology, and governance), this brings new opportunities for Health Information Management professionals to support patient care. 

Expected Outcomes:

To develop awareness of the need for and benefits of clinical terminlologies and a centralized terminology service.
To gain knowledge from the shared experience of one province in building a provincial strategy for a terminology service.

Sharilyn Kmech, CHIM

In her current role, as Director for Provincial Terminology Services for Alberta Health Services (AHS), Sharilyn Kmech is responsible for a specialized team of terminology subject matter experts supporting terminology-related initiatives across the Alberta health system and a communication, learning and development team supporting Health Information Management staff. As the AHS business lead with Alberta Health for a joint project between AHS Health Information Management and Alberta Health, she led teh 2014 "Terminology Services Strategy and Roadmap Project". The project outcomes are influencing a health system wide approach to the adoption of clinical terminologies and their uses in Alberta. She is a Co-Chair for the provincial Albertal Clinical Vocabulary Sub Committee and the Canadian Health Infoway SNOMED CT Community of Pracice. In 2015, Sharilyn received the Canadian Health Information Management Association's "Pinnacle Award" for her contribution as a volunteer co-author for the SNOMED CT Primer