Reflecting the fast-changing world of clinical information technology, organizers of the 19th annual TEPR show have added educational conferences on two new topics: the legal implications of healthcare IT and computerized physician order entry systems.
Also at TEPR, which stands for Toward an Electronic Patient Record, sessions are scheduled on electronic health records, mobile technology and security. The meeting will run May 12-14 in San Antonio.
Peter Waegemann, executive director of the Medical Records Institute, the Newton, Mass.-based organization that promotes TEPR, says order entry and mobile healthcare are on the agenda because the group believes that the U.S. healthcare system is driven by the need to reduce medical errors
"Pressure from the nation at large is making every provider think twice about it," Waegemann says.
The e-health legal forum is meant to be a cutting-edge program to identify and get a jump on addressing issues that may not emerge right away in this nascent field.
"We may be a little bit ahead of the curve," Waegemann says. "We've been saying for 19 years, `Wouldn't it be nice to have electronic patient records?"'
TEPR organizers will hold two mock trials. One is a repeat of last year's discussion of malpractice issues arising from electronic signatures, and the other will examine the legality of paperless medical records.
The clinical documentation challenge has been expanded to require vendors and users to demonstrate additional reference tools, electronic prescription writing, clinical decision support and patient education. Vendors are given the chance to sink or swim by demonstrating the efficacy of their products in front of a live audience.
"We're really graduating to the next level," Waegemann says. "You not only need to show that you can enter data, you also need to show that your system can provide real support."