Appl Clin Inform 2010; 01(04): 368-376
DOI: 10.4338/ACI-2010-06-CR-0035
Case Report
Schattauer GmbH

Meaningful Use of a Standardized Terminology to Support the Electronic Health Record in New Zealand

K. Monsen
1  School of Nursing, University Of Minnesota, 5-140 Weaver-Densford Hall, 308 Harvard Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
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M. Honey
1  School of Nursing, University Of Minnesota, 5-140 Weaver-Densford Hall, 308 Harvard Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
,
S. Wilson
1  School of Nursing, University Of Minnesota, 5-140 Weaver-Densford Hall, 308 Harvard Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
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Further Information

Correspondence to:

Dr Karen Monsen, RN, PhD
Assistant Professor
University Of Minnesota School of Nursing
5-140 Weaver-Densford Hall
308 Harvard Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612-624-0490   
Fax: 612-625-0490   

Publication History

received: 16 June 2010

accepted: 25 September 2010

Publication Date:
16 December 2017 (online)

 

Summary

Meaningful use is a multidimensional concept that incorporates complex processes; workflow; interoperability; decision support; performance evaluation; and quality improvement. Meaningful use is congruent with the overall vision for information management in New Zealand. Health practitioners interface with patient information at many levels, and are pivotal to meaningful use at the interface between service providers, patients, and the electronic health record. Advancing towards meaningful use depends on implementing a meaningful interface terminology within the electronic health record. The Omaha System is an interface terminology that is integrated within Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine – Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT®), and has the capacity to disseminate and capture information at the point of care because its codes are simple defined terms. Two community nursing and allied health providers who are considering using the Omaha System in clinical systems for gathering intervention and outcomes data within the personal EHR include Nurse Maude and the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society. Help4U is investigating using the Omaha System as a way to standardise health terminology for consumer use. The Omaha System is also a good fit with the Midwifery and Maternity Providers Organisation (MMPO) existing clinical information system to describe and capture data about interventions currently recorded as free text. As a country that promotes access to affordable primary care and free hospital care, within an environment constrained by resource limitations, maximizing the use of data is key to demonstrating health outcomes for the population.


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Conflicts of interest

The authors are informatics specialists with expertise in use of the Omaha System in education and research. All authors declare no conflict of interest in the preparation of this manuscript. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the authors’ employers.


Correspondence to:

Dr Karen Monsen, RN, PhD
Assistant Professor
University Of Minnesota School of Nursing
5-140 Weaver-Densford Hall
308 Harvard Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612-624-0490   
Fax: 612-625-0490