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Wearable Workflow Needs Health Systems Engineering

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2 p.m. Eastern time | Register now 

Presenter: Dr. Chuck Webster, editor and founder, EHR Workflow Inc.

From the original calculator watch to today's Google Glass and smart clothing accessories, wearable technology seeks to weave (sometimes literally!) information technology into everyday life and work, making it pervasive, intimate and, metaphorically, friction-free. Especially promising are applications in healthcare, including patient monitors for the well and unwell and wearable user interfaces to health information systems. However, wearable tech will not succeed unless we get its workflows right.

Getting the workflow right requires both means of driving workflow at the point-of-care and health as well as systems for analyzing, creating and optimizing this workflow. In other words, successful wearable technology in healthcare requires health systems engineering. This presentation provides an overview of wearables and how health systems engineering can help make them a success in healthcare.

Chuck Webster, M.D., M.S.I.E., M.S.I.S., has degrees in accountancy, industrial engineering, intelligent systems, and medicine (from the University of Chicago). He designed the first undergraduate program in medical informatics, was a software architect in a hospital MIS department, and also vice president and CMIO for an EHR vendor for over a decade. Dr. Webster helped three healthcare organizations win the HIMSS Davies Award and is a judge for the annual Workflow Management Coalition Awards for Excellence in BPM and Workflow and Awards for Case Management. He is a ceaseless evangelist for process-aware technologies in healthcare, including workflow management systems, business process management, and dynamic and adaptive case management.

Dr. Webster tweets from @wareFLO and maintains numerous websites, including EHR Workflow Management Systems (http://chuckwebster.com), Healthcare Business Process Management (http://HCBPM.com) and the People and Organizations Improving Healthcare with Health Information Technology (http://EHRworkflow.com). Please join with him to spread the message: Viva la workflow!

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