Exploring the state of veterinary informatics

Alpi, Kristine M. (2009). Exploring the state of veterinary informatics. In: Positioning the Profession: the Tenth International Congress on Medical Librarianship, Brisbane, Australia, (1-15). August 31-September 4, 2009.

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Author Alpi, Kristine M.
Title of paper Exploring the state of veterinary informatics
Conference name Positioning the Profession: the Tenth International Congress on Medical Librarianship
Conference location Brisbane, Australia
Conference dates August 31-September 4, 2009
Publication Year 2009
Sub-type Fully published paper
Start page 1
End page 15
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Although there are few members in common between the Association for Veterinary Informatics and the American Medical Informatics Association, both are interested in promoting standards in terminology and technology. Many medical informatics areas are an integral part of veterinary practice—for example, digital radiology through Picture Archiving Communication Systems (PACS) and patient information portal software.

While business information systems for practice management and herd health are common, these programs lack standards and functionality required for human electronic health records (EHRs) including drug alerts, application of encoded clinical practice guidelines, case identification through uniformly-accepted diagnostic codes, automatic laboratory reporting, and links to knowledge-based resources for just in time learning and evidence-based practice.

The level of EHR functions at the veterinary teaching hospital, chains of integrated practices, and the individual practitioner are compared using examples in North Carolina. A survey of all veterinary teaching hospitals and their supporting libraries will explore the state of functional EHRs, the integration of knowledge-based information, and participation in the Veterinary Medical Database, a repository of case records.

Known barriers include minimal use of standards for interoperability in practice systems. The primary knowledge based resources (KBI) in veterinary medicine (Veterinary Information Network, VetMed Resource, Clinics and other Elsevier and Wiley/Blackwell titles) are not connected to EHRs. A greater understanding of the informatics environment of veterinary practice is necessary to promote the integration of KBI in veterinary practice.
Subjects 0807 Library and Information Studies
0707 Veterinary Sciences
Keyword Association for Veterinary Informatics
American Medical Informatics Association
Picture Archiving Communication Systems
Electronic Health Records
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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