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  • OS18 - Evolving Standards (ID 24)

    • Event: e-Health 2017 Virtual Meeting
    • Type: Oral Session
    • Track: Not Rated
    • Presentations: 1
    • Coordinates: 6/06/2017, 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM, Room 203CD
    • OS18.04 - Filling the Terminology Expertise Gap in Canada (ID 279)

      Kelly Abrams, Canadian College of Health Information Management; London/CA

      • Abstract
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      Purpose/Objectives: A business need exists in the Canadian health care sector to address the current gap of trained and experienced human resources in the use of clinical terminologies, including SNOMED CT and LOINC, to support the implementation and maintenance of e-health solutions. CHIMA and assistance from Infoway will identify how this gap will be addressed by a Canadian Terminology Standards Certification process.

      Methodology/Approach: Human resource sector studies, survey data, and a Canadian advisory group were used to confirm the business need. A business case to create the Terminology Standards Certification was developed. A multi-stakeholder committee led by CHIMA and Infoway representatives identified key components required.

      Finding/Results: Human resource sector studies, survey data, and a Canadian advisory group validated that a business need exists in the Canadian health care sector to address the current gap of trained and experienced human resources in the use of clinical terminologies, including SNOMED CT and LOINC, to support the implementation and maintenance of e-health solutions. The use of clinical terminology across the country has been growing as part of the increased investments in health information technologies. In the context of this increased use of e-health solutions using clinical terminology, new and evolving human resource role requirements to support eHealth are emerging. Key stakeholders identified the development of a clinical terminology professional certification in Canada as a priority to help address this resource gap. A business case to create a Terminology Standards Certification was approved by senior representatives from Canada Health Infoway and the CHIMA Board of Directors. Regenstrief Institute and the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organization confirmed support in working towards launching a clinical terminology professional certification in Canada. Support and commitment from the Canadian academic community was also received. A multi-stakeholder committee led by CHIMA and Infoway representatives completed the following work: Development of three (3) Terminology standards (TS) role descriptions (e.g., the development of key TS roles that are required in the current eHealth workplace) Development of a Canadian TS competency framework Creation of learning content items to support curriculum development

      Conclusion/Implication/Recommendations: Stakeholder input to the certification process has not yet been completed. Based on significant international interest, this work has been brought to ISO TC 215 to ultimately make this become an international product. Further input and feedback and a process to keep the material relevant is required and currently underway.

      140 Character Summary: The role descriptions and Canadian competency framework will be introduced and a discussion on the learning content items will take place in this session.

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