Thursday, 30 June 2016

Case Study: Efficiently Converting Healthcare Data into Information and Intelligence by @uddenfeldt



This article was published by Mats Uddenfeldt, on his LinkedIn Pulse page [ https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/case-study-efficiently-converting-healthcare-data-mats-uddenfeldt ]. The article is republished here with the author’s permission.
Valence Health provides healthcare providers with customized solutions for value based care, helping them better manage their patient populations and accept financial responsibility for the quality of the care they provide. The company offers advisory services, health plan services and a suite of population health technology software as a service (SaaS) products that help their clients transition from a transaction-based approach to a value-based approach to healthcare. Headquartered in Chicago, Valence Health serves 85,000 physicians and 135 hospitals, helping them manage the health of 20 million patients nationwide.

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Thursday, 23 June 2016

Booking a doctor appointment online - Whats the big deal? - @AshwinNaik


This blog was first published in Dr. Ashwin Naik's LinkedIn Pulse.  

WOW!
Now you can you book an appointment with a doctor online. I know, i know - not a big deal. 

I meant, you can now book an appointment with a doctor in a government hospital online Or in a couple of years - you can book an appointment with a doctor in any government hospital in the country - online (http://ors.gov.in/copp/appointment.jsp) !

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Thursday, 16 June 2016

C.A.U.S.E Methodology for Healthcare Organization Change Management by @pankajguptadr

Please note: The Author of this article is Dr. Pankaj Gupta. The article was first published on Dr. Gupta's blog.


For Boot-Strapping Healthcare Organisation Change Management, I follow my proprietary CAUSE Methodology for managing change in people, process and technology. This has emerged out of our collective experience of managing change in healthcare organisations.

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Thursday, 9 June 2016

From Mere Health Statistics to Real Health Data by @AtulVB

The article was first published on Mr. Atul Bengeri's - LinkedIn Pulse. The article is republished here with the authors' permission

The Health Statistics play a major role in deciding the Health Policies of Nations, no doubt they provide the insights into the health parameters in question and health statistics such as Rates, Ratio, Incidence, Prevalence and Life Tables are needed to be formed into indicators of progress of the nation in terms of improvement of the factors in consideration.

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Thursday, 2 June 2016

Incorporation of Health Informatics in the curriculum for Healthcare Professionals by @Supten

The  article was first published in Dr. Supten's Blog. The article is published here with the authors permission.

The art and science of processing “information” is informatics, where “information” is the processed “data” (anything that is observed and recorded). Just as we get information by “data processing”, using informatics tools, we condense information into “knowledge” that can be applied to real life situations 

When the informatics tools are applied to the “biomedical” field, it is called “biomedical informatics” which is a very broad term encompassing the study and application of computer science, information science, informatics, cognitive science and human-computer interaction in the practice of biological research, biomedical science, medicine and healthcare. Other fields, including bioinformatics (proteomics, genomics, and drug design), clinical informatics (including clinical research informatics), public health informatics and medical informatics (including imaging informatics, nursing informatics, dental informatics, pharmacy informatics, consumer health informatics, healthcare management informatics and veterinary informatics) are commonly counted as sub-domains within biomedical informatics

Health or Healthcare informatics is an alternative term that has been defined: “If physiology literally means ‘the logic of life’, and pathology is ‘the logic of disease’, then health informatics is the logic of healthcare. It is the rational study of the way we think about patients, and the way that treatments are defined, selected and evolved. It is the study of how clinical knowledge is created, shaped, shared and applied. Ultimately, it is the study of how we organize ourselves to create and run healthcare organizations.”It deals with the resources, devices, and methods necessary for optimizing the acquisition, storage, retrieval, and optimal use of information in health and biomedicine. The health informatics tools include not only computers but also clinical guidelines, formal medical terminologies, and information and communication technology (ICT)

Biomedical / Health Informatics can be applied to diagnostic procedures, imaging, decision-support systems, patient records, financial and administrative systems, educational systems (for healthcare delivery students, practicing professionals and patients), patient monitoring (e.g., anaesthesia control), and accessing health knowledge

The National eHealth Authority (NeHA) is in the process of being set up through an Act of Parliament. Under such circumstances, for the smooth adoption of eHealth throughout Digital India, there would be a tremendous requirement for formally trained health informatics professionals in India very soon. It will be prudent to incorporate health informatics as a part and also as a speciality for healthcare professionals in India. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has notified Standards for Electronic Health Records since August 2013 and India has been a country member of IHTSDO that develops and maintains a terminology standards SNOMED-CT. It is essential to make healthcare professionals at all levels aware of such initiatives and adopt standards for health information exchange


Source: Connectathon India - http://ow.ly/ve8t300Qa3M

In the USA, all ABMS (American Board of Medical Specialties) member boards have agreed to allow their diplomates to take the clinical informatics subspecialty examination if they are otherwise eligible. The ABPM (American Board of Preventive Medicine) website provides information about eligibility for the exam and online application.Certification in Clinical Informatics is a joint and equal function of the ABP (American Board of Pathology) and the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM)

CDC, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, offers PHIFP (Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program) as a 2-year, competency-based training program in public health informatics. The fellowship provides a problem-based learning environment in which fellows apply information and computer sciences and information technology to solve public health problems

They have the opportunity to: learn about informatics and public health in an applied setting work with teams involved in research and development of public health information systems lead an informatics project design, develop, implement, evaluate, and manage public health information system

The  article was first published in Dr. Suptens' Blog

References

1 Sarbadhikari SN, Medical Informatics: A Key Tool to Support Clinical Research and Evidence-based Medical Practice (Ch 15), In, Babu AN, Ed, Clinical Research Methodology and Evidence-based Medicine, 2nd Ed, 2015: 179-191. 
2 Abdel-Hamid T, Ankel F,…Sarbadhikari SN, et al, Public and health professionals’ misconceptions about the dynamics of body weight gain/loss, Syst. Dyn. Rev. 30, 2014: 58–74 
3 Ahmed Z, Sarbadhikari SN, et al., Using online social networks for increasing health literacy on oral health, Intl. J User Driven Health, 2013, 3: 51-58. 
4 Karishma SH,…, and Sarbadhikari SN, Creating Awareness for Using a Wiki to Promote Collaborative Health Professional Education, Intl. J User Driven Health, 2012, 2:18-28. 
5 Sarbadhikari SN, Unlearning and relearning in online health education, (Ch 21) In, Biswas R, and Martin C M, Ed, User Driven Healthcare and Narrative Medicine, IGI Global, Hershey, USA, 2011: 294 – 309. 
6 Sarbadhikari SN, How to Make Healthcare Delivery in India More “Informed”, Education for Health, Volume 23(2), August 2010: 456. 
7 Sarbadhikari SN and Gogia SB, An Overview of Education and Training of Medical Informatics in India, IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics, 2010: 106-108. 
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10 Sarbadhikari SN, The State of Medical Informatics in India: A Roadmap for optimal organization, J. Medical Systems, 2005, 29: 125-141. 
11 Sarbadhikari SN, Basic Medical Education must include Medical Informatics, Indian J Physiol. Pharamcol., 2004, 48(4): 395-408. 
12 Sarbadhikari SN, Guest Editorial on “Medical Informatics — Are the Doctors Ready?”,J.Indian Med. Assoc. , 1995, 93: 165 – 166. 
13 Mantas J,et al, Recommendations of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) on Education in Biomedical and Health Informatics - 1stRevision, IMIA, 2009 
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16 NHP, EHR Standards helpdesk: http://www.nhp.gov.in/ehr-standards-helpdesk_ms 
17 IHTSDO, SNOMED-CT: http://www.ihtsdo.org/member/india 
18 American Academy of Family Physicians, Recommended Curriculum Guidelines for Family Medicine Residents on Medical Informatics: http://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/medical_education_residency/program_directors/Reprint288_Informatics.pdf 
19 AMIA, ABPM, ABP, Clinical Informatics Subspecialty Board Examination: https://www.amia.org/clinical-informatics-board-review-course/board-exam 
20 CDC, Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program:http://www.cdc.gov/PHIFP

Author

Dr. Supten Sarbadhikari
Digital Health Influencer & Project Director at Centre for Health Informatics of the National Health Portal; President IAMI (2016)


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