Health Informatics Health Professions School of Health Professions and Human Services

How Data is Changing Healthcare

The Master of Science in Health Informatics program is hosting a talk, “How Data is Changing Healthcare,” featuring two leading experts, on Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 6:30 pm, Breslin Hall 105, South Campus.

The speakers are:

Edward H. Shortliffe, MD, PhD, professor of biomedical informatics, Mayo Clinic Campus, Arizona State University, scholar in residence at New York Academy of Medicine, and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Biomedical Informatics.

Vimla Patel, PhD, DSc, senior research scientist and director, Center for Cognitive Studies in Medicine and Public Health, New York Academy of Medicine.

“Over the last eight years, the health care industry has spent $40 billion to move from paper-based files to more efficient electronic documentation of patients’ medical records, and this has resulted in a booming health informatics field,” said  Khalid Moidu, MD, PhD, program director of the MS in Health Informatics in the School of Health Professions and Human Services.  “Dr. Shortliffe will address the serious challenges we now face in training a workforce to manage this data deluge, and Dr. Patel will discuss the impact of how this new computer-human interaction in the workplace affects the quality of patient care delivery.”

Both of these aspects are key principles that drive the MS in Health Informatics program, Dr. Moidu added.  The interdisciplinary program was launched in 2016 to answer the demand for qualified professionals who have expertise in developing and leading information-technology based systems that are used in healthcare.  Electronic health records make patient care safer and more efficient by reducing medical errors, saving money in healthcare costs, increasing communication among a patient’s healthcare providers, and empowering patients to participating more fully in their own care.

The curriculum consists of 41 semester hours, including 26 credits of core course work, nine credits of electives, and six credits of practicum in which students are assigned to rotations at affiliated health information system departments within various health systems. The practicum rotations offer training, experience, and exposure in all disciplines of health informatics, enabling students to obtain hands-on skills in areas such as electronic medical records, health information exchange, and integration and data analytics.

A Q&A session will follow lectures from both speakers.   The event is free and open to the public.


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