Electronic Health Records: Clinical Decision Support Lessons Learned with Ebola and Zika for COVID-19 - April 7, 2020

With the current pandemic of Coronavirus, COVID-19, the global healthcare information technology community has again been challenged to provide evidence-based solutions to aid clinicians in quick, effective clinical guidance. Drs. Hoelscher and Hoelscher will discuss their original doctoral project as well as past interprofessional collaborative efforts between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to address prior infectious disease threats with the Ebola and Zika viruses. This previous work resulted in significant model development and best practices for an all-hazards approach to fully utilizing health IT resources to minimize risk to the public. The presenters will share how the historical responses to the Zika and Ebola viruses helped to map clinical workflows and rapidly deploy clinical decision support in a large integrated health system in Texas in response to COVID-19.

“MedBiquitous Community Connection” is a series of free one-hour webinars featuring health professions educators and technology innovators from around the globe. “MedBiquitous Community Connection” provides a forum for community experts to share how digital technologies are promoting improvement and better outcomes across the continuum of health professions education. A portion of each webinar will reserve time for a brief Q&A session, allowing attendees the opportunity to dialogue with guest speakers.

Stephanie H. Hoelscher, DNP, RN-BC, CPHIMS, CHISP, FHIMSS

Associate Professor - Graduate Informatics, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing

Stephanie H. Hoelscher, DNP, RN-BC, CPHIMS, CHISP, FHIMSS, is an Associate Professor - Graduate Informatics and an Informatics Nurse Specialist with the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX.  Dr. Hoelscher is certified in Nursing Informatics by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, as well as a Fellow in HIMSS. She is a registered nurse with 25 years of experience in oncology, trauma, and informatics. Her current areas of expertise are EHR implementation, workflow assessment and redesign, as well as infectious disease clinical decision support. 

She has served as a member of the implementation team for development of an EHR within a high-fidelity simulation center, concentrating specifically on obfuscation and de-identification of patient data. Dr. Hoelscher worked with the local SAFER Guides leadership group to improve the safety of the institutional EHR. She is currently a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Adapting Clinical Guidelines for the Digital Age project. Recent highlights include testifying at the Public Health Task Force in Washington, DC, regarding Zika and its impact on clinical decision support systems. She is currently serving with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and their COVID-19 task force in development of best practice on the use of interoperability and CDS in the EHR. Dr. Hoelscher is the recipient of the 2018 American Association of Colleges of Nursing and CDCs Doctor of Nursing Practice Informatics award as well as the 2019 Doctor of Nursing Practice Excellence in Nursing award. 

Dwayne Hoelscher, DNP, RN-BC, CPHIMS

Professional Clinical Analyst, Core Services, University Medical Center Health System

Dwayne Hoelscher, DNP, RN-BC, CPHIMS, is a Professional Clinical Analyst, Core Services working in the IT Clinical Informatics department at University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas. His major role is a subject matter expert for clinical decision support, and he has served as the past co-chair of the institutional rules and alerts committee.  

Dr. Hoelscher is a registered nurse with 24 years of nursing experience including emergency nursing, critical care nursing, case management, risk management, and the last six years in clinical informatics. 

Dr. Hoelscher is board certified in informatics since 2018. He is an active member in the American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA) and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) professional organizations. He has presented at numerous events, both podium and poster, with the latest including HIMSS18 and ANIA19. In 2018, Dr. Hoelscher was awarded a grant from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to aid in the development of his doctoral project concerning the rapid deployment of clinical decision support in an electronic health record for infectious diseases.

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