Introduction: Ceresa Petitt, USA - Nursing education (3) Digital health education (2)

4 March, 2023


We have used Pontefract and Wilson BMC Medical Education (2019) 19:30 as a framework to develop a small subject in interprofessional education in electronic medical records at a major tertiary university in Australia and found that the greatest barrier is the availability of academically appropriate tools and investment by the academic sector (individually or collectively) in developing or investing in these tools. It is painful that when we consider the dominance of electronic patient records in healthcare systems that in the education sector we struggle to develop a single national academic electronic patient records tool to educate future workforce - thus we are constantly producing ill-prepared graduates to engage at the best possible level. We still don't have a permanent solution to this problem.

There are many other issues to consider too - I could go on and on but here is the link to the article we published on this experience:

Citation: Lokmic-Tomkins, Z., Gray, K., Cheshire, L., Parolini, A., Sharp, M., Tarrant, B., Hill, N., Rose, D., Webster, M., Virtue, D., Brignell, A., Waring, R., Broussard, F., Tsirgialos, A., & Meng Cham, K. (2023).

Integrating interprofessional electronic medical record teaching in preregistration healthcare degrees: A case study. International journal of medical informatics, 169, 104910.

Happy to share our learnings if helpful to others!

Best wishes,


*A/Prof Zerina Tomkins *

PhD (TissEng), MNSc, BAppSci (Hons) GradCert (Health Informatics & Digital

Health), FHEA

Affiliate Research Fellow, Victorian Heart Institute, Australia

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HIFA profile: Zerina Tomkins is a Researcher at Monash University, Australia. Professional interests: Maternal and child health; Digital health; Climate change mitigation and adaptation. Email: zerina.tomkins AT