Chapter 11


Connecting ambulance and hospital: improving care through automated record linkage

Short Description and Focus of Chapter:

Currently every “Run” (Ambulance Trip) is assigned a unique encounter ID. That means that a one-to-many relationship exists between patients and ambulance trips. As a result, prior utilization of the ambulance system by the patient cannot be known resulting in the need to create new problem, diagnoses, medication, recent hospitalizations, and allergy lists on very trip. Patient preferences have to be ascertained every time such as preferred hospital and next of kin to be contacted. In the event that the patient is unconscious or has dementia, these tasks will fail.

Corresponding Author:

Prof. Christoph Lehmann


Director, UT Southwestern Medical Center, USA

Short Biography:

Dr. Lehmann is Professor for Biomedical Informatics and Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University where he directs the Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program. He conceived and launched the journal Applied Medical Informatics, devoted to original research and commentary on the use of computer automation in the day-to-day practice of medicine and he served as the Editor-in-Chief since its inception. In 2009, he co-edited Pediatric Informatics, the first textbook on this subject.
Dr. Lehmann served on the board of the American Medical Informatics Association from 2008 to 2013 and served two terms as the organizations secretary. In 2010, he was inducted as a fellow into the American College of Medical Informatics, in 2014 he was elected to the American Pediatric Society, and in 2012 he became a Vice President of the International Medical Informatics Association in charge of the IMIA Yearbook to become President in 2017.
In 2010, Dr. Lehmann was appointed Medical Director of the Child Health Informatics Center for the American Academy of Pediatrics, where he was involved in developing the Model Pediatric EHR Format and currently works on the CHILD Registry. Dr. Lehmann served on the federal Health IT Policy Committee. He was the first chair of the Examination Committee of the American Board of Preventive Medicine, Subcommittee for Clinical Informatics until 2018. Dr. Lehmann’s research focuses on improving clinical information technology and clinical decision support.
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Submission Status of Book Chapter:

Abstract: submitted
Draft: pending
Final Version: pending