Blog | Friday, February 10, 2012

Informatics to see exciting advances in the next few years


These are exciting times for the informatics field, not only from the $29 billion federal investment in the adoption of electronic health records, but also with other developments, such as the new clinical informatics medical subspecialty and the federal investment in clinical and translational research via the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Informatics is an emerging field and profession that is important not only h health care providers but also those who engage in it as practitioners.

Years ago, I used to get asked on a regular basis, What is Medical/Biomedical/Health Informatics? To answer this question, I created a website that attempted to answer it. Later on, I added some voice-over-Powerpoint lectures, which also provided me the opportunity to demonstrate the technologies we use in our distance learning program at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).

The site includes my voice-over-Powerpoint lectures, which have now expanded to about 2 hours and 40 minutes, but are still divided into seven segments. On almost every slide, I could go into even more detail. If nothing else, this site will hopefully whet peoples' appetites for the 10x10 ("ten by ten") program, the OHSU biomedical informatics graduate program, and our other programs.

The educational methods I use on this site mirror my on-line teaching, and those readers who are also educators may find them of value as well. I have always found great value in voice-over-Powerpoint lectures, especially using the Articulate tool that provides the slides and sound in Flash format and also allows easy navigation among the slides. I also provide MP3 files of the slide audio (one MP3 per segment) as well as PDF files of the slides themselves (one PDF per segment). In addition, I provide another PDF that has references to all of the papers, reports, books, and other citations in the lecture. The site also contains a list of key textbooks as well as links to some of my papers and to important organizations and other sites for the field.

The materials I post to this blog will be derived from my regular blog entitled, The Informatics Professor. I will select materials of most interest to a general interest audience. I also have a website that describes my work and includes links to many of my published papers.

This post by William Hersh, MD, FACP, Professor and Chair, Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology, Oregon Health & Science University, is based on his blog Informatics Professor, where he posts his thoughts on various topics related to biomedical and health informatics.