April 2012, Volume 16, Number 2


MDC at Forefront of Electronic Health Records

Leading the way in making health care more accessible and efficient, MDC’s Institute for Health Informatics recently hosted its third annual Electronic Health Record Symposium. The event, which attracted hundreds, featured hands-on experience with new technologies and panel discussions with industry experts.

The symposium in the important and growing field of electronic health records (EHR) furthers one of Medical Campus’ goals of improving health care through the use of technology.

Vital Partnerships

Miami Dade College partners with the health care community in various ways, including working with the South Florida Regional Extension Center, which is the local unit of a statewide information system that helps physicians implement an EHR program.

“We are assisting the health care community in migrating to electronic health records through education, leadership and practical experiences,” said Health Sciences Dean Dr. Peter Gutiérrez, noting that EHR systems are creating jobs in health care.

One of the aims is to give patients easy access to all their files. “This is going to transform how patients are cared for,” Gutiérrez said. For example, if someone goes on vacation and needs emergency medical care, their health records would be readily available online.

Creating Career Opportunities

Last year, MDC’s Institute for Health Informatics established an 18-credit certificate program specifically for electronic health records. Chartered by Medical Campus in 2009, the Institute was designed to give MDC graduates new career opportunities and serve as a source of health IT information for the South Florida community.

”The Institute’s faculty and staff are so passionate about the subject,” Gutiérrez said, and that was such a major component of the event’s success.

— Staff Report

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