Science Lecture: Enhancing the Quality and Safety of Patient Care

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Thursday, September 19, 2013, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
200 Payson Smith Hall
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Edward Gleason
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September 19, 2013 “Health Information Technology: Enhancing the Quality and Safety of Patient Care” Prof. Carol Fackler, DNSc, RN, School of Nursing

This presentation will introduce the audience to health information technology as it is emerging in the U.S. as an important component of our health care system.  A brief history of health information technology will be followed by a more detailed discussion of the electronic health record, clinical decision support systems, and telehealth.  Applications of health information technology in Maine, both current and projected, will be described.  Plenty of time will be allotted for questions from the audience.

Carol Fackler, DNSc, RN joined the USM faculty in 2010 as an Assistant Professor of Nursing.  She formerly served as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at Fairfield University in Connecticut.  Her practice career of over 25 years as an emergency nurse has provided Dr. Fackler with firsthand knowledge of the health care delivery system.  Dr. Fackler’s interest in health information technology emerged as a direct result of her knowledge of hospital organizations and health care delivery systems; and in 2010, she developed the informatics technology course for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at USM.

Dr. Fackler received her undergraduate degree in nursing from the University of Rhode Island in 1973; her MS from the College of Nursing and Health Professions from the University of Massachusetts-Boston in 2002; and her Doctor of Nursing Science from Yale University in 2010. 

At USM, Dr. Fackler currently teaches undergraduate and graduate research, as well as informatics technology.  She is currently developing a graduate course on population health for the spring of 2013.

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