Implementation Science and Health Informatics: Mutual Benefits

August 14, 2018
Free for AMIA members; $50 for non-members.
Edmond Ramly, PhD; Christie Bartels, MD, MS

The purpose of this webinar is to learn about mutually beneficial intersections between health informatics and implementation science, a discipline that studies the translation of evidence into routine practice to achieve sustained improvements in health outcomes. Participants will learn about both sides, from the use of health informatics tools in implementation science, to implementation science strategies for better adoption of health information systems to improve health care. Discussion will build on examples of cardiovascular disease prevention opportunities using implementation science and health informatics in specialty clinics. 

Learning Objectives

After participating in this activity, the learner should be better able to:

  • Describe how health informatics tools can support the implementation of clinical interventions into clinical workflows.
  • Examine the barriers and facilitators to using health informatics tools to integrate clinical interventions into clinical workflows.
  • Articulate the health informatics problems presented by IT-based implementation strategies, including supporting process evaluation, fidelity monitoring, and sustainability. 
  • Describe how implementation science methods can support the implementation of health informatics interventions and technologies.

Speakers Information

  • Edmond Ramly, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Affiliate Faculty, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Christie Bartels, MD MS
    Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Rheumatology Division University of Wisconsin-Madison

Edmond Ramly, PhD is Assistant Professor in Health Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW Madison) Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. His research at the intersection of health informatics, implementation science, and human factors balances standardization and customization of clinical interventions and implementation strategies to improve primary care and population health. Dr. Ramly chairs the Macroergonomics program of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and co-authored with his PhD advisor Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, the 2010 federal report on the critical areas of research at the intersection of industrial and systems engineering and health care with special emphasis on the supportive role of health information technology.

Christie Bartels, MD MS, is a health services researcher and rheumatologist at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Bartels’ research focuses on improving cardiovascular health and longevity among patients with rheumatologic and other specialty conditions. Her NIH-NIAMS K23 grant and other research awards have led to over 50 peer-reviewed publications. Her research team has successfully developed EHR-supported protocols for specialty clinic staff that reduced rates of high BP and improved smoking cessation referrals. Dr. Bartels serves on the American College of Rheumatology Health IT and Quality Measures committees.