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Electronic Medical Records: A Conversation

Event Details

When: May 9, 2014, 1:00 PM

Location: H.F. DeLuca Forum, Discovery Building, 330 N. Orchard St.

Cost: Free and open to the public

Contact: 608-316-4676, events@discovery.wisc.edu

WID, the Holtz Center for Science & Technology Studies and the UW–Madison Office of University Relations are offering a free public dialogue exploring electronic medical records (EMRs), a rapidly disseminating technology with great potential impact. Consumers and patients are vital contributors to the conversation of healthcare and how these technologies can be used effectively and for the public good.

Enabled by the financial support of the Holtz Center for Science & Technology Studies, the panel will feature questions harvested from town meetings in public libraries around the state of Wisconsin the week of April 21, 2014, in Platteville, Appleton, Waukesha and Eau Claire. Learn more. Anyone can submit EMR questions via email or phone (608) 890-1334.


You can also follow the conversation and submit your questions on the EMR Twitter feed.


Panelist materials

Emily Barey slides

Patricia Brennan slides

Laurie Edwards slides

Catherine Arnott Smith slides

Other Resources

Consumer health information and electronic medical records
This document lists helpful information resources about these topics.

Video: 1961 Electronic Medical Records

Archive of Panel Presentation

Coming soon! 


The panelists come from the worlds of academia, industry, and patient advocacy.

Patricia BrennanPatricia Flatley Brennan, RN, Ph.D. (Theme Leader, WID’s Living Environments Laboratory, and UW–Madison School of Nursing and College of Engineering)





Laurie Edwards

Laurie Edwards, MFA, is a writer, teacher, advocate; author of In The Kingdom of the Sick: A Social History of Chronic Illness in America (Booklist Editor’s Choice for Adult Books, 2013) and Life Disrupted: Getting Real About Chronic Illness in Your Twenties and Thirties (one of Library Journal’s Best Consumer Health Books, 2008).




Catherine Arnott-SmithCatherine Arnott Smith, Ph.D. (Discovery Fellow, WID; UW–Madison School of Library & Information Studies)





Emily BaireyEmily Barey, RN, MSN (Director of Nursing Informatics, Epic Systems, Verona, Wis.)