The University of Michigan and the HOA recognize the increasing need for information technology in the provision of patient care. Additionally, in the setting of changing work hour requirements, both parties appreciate the importance of accessing IT resources outside the hospital. To this end, the Employer is committed to assuring appropriate internal and external access to and training for all necessary IT resources including, but not limited to the hardware, software, clinical information systems, pagers (and/or other appropriate communication device), e-mail and other applications and networking capabilities necessary to perform House Officer responsibilities. When the Employer intends to make significant changes to these IT resources or how they are provided to Employees, the Employer shall provide the HOA with advance notice and the opportunity to discuss the impact of those changes on House Officers. The Labor-Management Committee will be one mechanism by which technology issues will be addressed on an on-going basis.


The Employer will continue to provide an institutional site license available to House Officers for Up-to-Date, or equivalent and mutually acceptable on-site, on-line data service. The HOA may submit alternative on-line consult services for consideration, via the Hospital's Administrative Liaison to the House Officers Association.


There will be House Officer participation in the design, testing, implementation and training of information systems, which affect House Officers. To facilitate this effort, the HOA shall appoint an Information Technology Liaison. This individual shall be recognized by the Employer as the primary House Officer spokesperson for information technology. They may either sit on or appoint representatives to serve on committees and will coordinate House Officer participation within the Medical Center.