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John Shaw Billings History of Medicine Series Spotlights the History of Electronic Medical Records and Their Impact on Healthcare

On Wednesday, April 5th, the John Shaw Billings History of Medicine Society and Ruth Lilly Medical Library co-sponsored a lecture titled “From Paper to Purgatory: The History of Electronic Medical Records and Their Impact on Healthcare” with speaker Bill Tierney, MD of the IU Fairbanks School of Public Health.

The lecture was part of the Regenstrief Educational Insights and Learning Series (REILS) and other co-sponsors included the IUPUI Medical Humanities & Health Studies Program and the IUSM History of Medicine Student Interest Group.

Dr. Tierney’s research is focused on improving health care delivery and its outcomes through developing and implementing electronic health record systems and health information exchanges in hospital and outpatient venues in Indiana and in East Africa. His talk provided history regarding paper records and many insights into the problematic issues with those systems and the difficulty in transitioning to digital records.

Thanks to all who attended in person and online via Teams!


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