Registrations open for UWS health informatics summer school

Registrations have opened for the 2012 Australian Health Informatics Summer School (AHISS), being held in Sydney from February 6 to 10.

Organised by the School of Computing Engineering and Mathematics at the University of Western Sydney, the day-long short courses will be run as an intensive mode classroom or workshop-style session, delivered by a team of invited national experts and UWS Health Informatics staff.

The full course consists of:

  • Day 1: Introduction to Health Informatics – a broad and solid foundation session
  • Day 2: Healthcare Data – exploring the specific characteristics of healthcare data, its representation and coding
  • Day 3: Managing Clinical Information – clinical information systems and health data management
  • Day 4: New Approaches to Healthcare – clinical decision support and telehealth
  • Day 5: Emerging Trends – how ICT is changing healthcare now and in the future

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.

UWS professor of health informatics Anthony Maeder said the school 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 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,” Professor Maeder said.

“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 may also 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,” he said.

The summer school initiative is running again on the basis of the success of the inaugural program in 2011.

“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 school is being held from February 6-10 at the offices of Standards Australia at 20 Bridge St, Sydney. There are no prerequisites for participation in the AHISS and participants will be provided with a UWS Certificate of Attendance.

The cost is $800 for the five days or $200 per day. Course registration details are available here.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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