UWS to host Health Informatics Summer School in February

The University of Western Sydney (UWS) will host the 2nd Australian Health Informatics Summer School (AHISS) program in February 2012, following the success of its inaugural summer courses, which were held earlier this year.

Running over five days, the program steps through the basic concepts and principles of health informatics; health data coding and terminologies; clinical information systems; clinical decision support and telehealth; and emerging and future trends.

According to the organisers, each of these short courses will be run as a full day intensive mode classroom or workshop style session, delivered by a team of invited national experts and UWS Health Informatics staff. Morning sessions will be pitched at an introductory level, with the afternoon sessions providing more detailed coverage of the subject matter.

Sessions will be limited to 30 participants to encourage interaction between presenters and attendees, with notes from the presentations to be made available to participants.

Anthony Maeder, Professor in Health Informatics in the School of Computing Engineering and Mathematics, University of Western Sydney, said that (AHISS) will be of interest to a range of people with various expertise and interests.

"(AHISS) is aimed at health professionals such as doctors, nurses, or administrators who may have some minor involvement with Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in the workplace, but want to know more about the components of it that make up health informatics, and how these fit together within the health system environment. It may also suit ICT professionals who are interested to get an overview of how ICT is used in the health sector as a potential new application area for their ICT skills. It also suits educators or postgraduate students who want to get a quick briefing on health informatics because they want to move into that area.”

Professor Maeder added that for many attendees, (AHISS) may serve as a useful stepping-stone for further health informatics education and training.

“It is not intended to provide a qualification or specific technical training, however after the week-long course participants will have the ability to become involved in health informatics initiatives in their workplace, and may wish to embark on further formal studies in specific topics such as HL7, for example.”

Professor Maeder, says the Summer School initiative is running again on the basis of the success of the inaugural program earlier this year.

“The first (AHISS) was fully subscribed a month prior to the event, and we received very positive feedback in our post-event evaluation, plus some advance bookings for this year. We have since run several one‑day workshops using selected educational material from (AHISS) for organisations that wanted ‘in house’ delivery, including one overseas.”

The Health Informatics Summer School program will run from 6-10 February 2012. Prices for the course range from $150 for students attending on a single-day basis, through to $800 for the entire week for regular participants.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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