Informatics, the Electronic Health Record, and the Chiropractic Profession
In this presentation by Dr. Brian C. Coleman, DC, we seek to describe the importance of biomedical informatics as applied to the chiropractic profession, namely through the use of the electronic health record (EHR). We introduce the field of biomedical informatics, and subfields of clinical informatics and public health informatics, as they relate to the chiropractic profession. We discuss the types of data collected in the EHR, uses of these data in informatics applications, and the current state of the chiropractic profession with respect to EHR data. We identify the use and significance of informatics and EHR data as a vehicle for improving the chiropractic profession in three fields (academic training, clinical practice, and research) through health information exchange, data-driven quality improvement, and increased opportunity for interfacing and integration with other healthcare professionals.
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
1. Identify introductory concepts of informatics and the electronic health record as related to clinical care and public health.
2. Explain the current state of large-scale data in the chiropractic profession.
3. Identify opportunities for improvement in data-driven decision making and application to clinical care and research at multiple stakeholder levels.
The following states require the participant to enter the course approval number on their certificate:
- California: View the list of course approval numbers and categories for California approved courses.
- Missouri: View the list of course approval numbers and categories for Missouri approved courses.
Brian C. Coleman
US Department of Veterans Affairs- Pain Research, Informatics, Multimorbidities, and Education (PRIME) Center
Dr. Brian Coleman, DC is a post-doctoral research fellow in medical informatics at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System and the Center for Medical Informatics at the Yale School of Medicine. During his fellowship, Brian has also been able to provide chiropractic care to our nation’s Veterans at VA Connecticut. He holds an adjunct faculty appointment at Sacred Heart University in the College of Health Professions, teaching students in the Masters of Healthcare Informatics program in courses including electronic health records, emerging technologies, population health, and contemporary topics in informatics. Brian earned his doctor of chiropractic degree from the University of Bridgeport in 2017. Before that, he attended the University of Connecticut, where he earned his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering. His areas of research interest include digital health technologies, clinical informatics, machine learning, and health services research.
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