ANN ARBOR, Mich. – If you’ve seen a doctor in the last five years, your medical records probably aren’t sitting in a filing cabinet somewhere.
They’re in a computer – potentially ready to be shared with doctors anywhere if you suffer a medical emergency or need specialty care.
How did we get to this point – and what needs to happen before health information can truly flow from where it’s stored to where it’s needed, no matter where that might be?
A free screening of a documentary film on this important issue will take place on Monday, June 29 at Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theater. It will begin at 4 p.m., and will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker.
The next morning starting at 9:30, the University of Michigan will host a panel discussion with the filmmaker and experts on the topic of digital medical record sharing, which is formally called health information exchange or HIE.
The film, “No Matter Where”, tells the story of HIE via everyone from Hurricane Katrina survivors to health care digital leaders. The filmmaker, Kevin B. Johnson, M.D., M.S., is the chief informatics officer at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
The screening and panel discussion are sponsored by the U-M Health System, the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation, the Michigan Health Information Network and Great Lakes Health Connect.
No tickets are required for either event, but an RSVP is encouraged for the film screening. The first 200 people to RSVP by June 18 will receive a complimentary water bottle the evening of the screening.