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e-Seminar Title: "Using text messaging to extend diabetes self management support outside the clinic environment"

Innovative interventions are needed to address the growing burden of diabetes and associated costly and debilitating long-term complications. This seminar will present the evidence for a text message based diabetes self-management support programme for people with poorly controlled diabetes. The programme was developed through extensive end-user consultation and was designed to focus on those with low technology access, those living more remotely, and those from indigenous and ethnic minority populations. The programme’s effectiveness was assessed in a randomised controlled trial with participants followed up at 9 months and 2 years. The presentation will also include discussion of the challenges of implementing such programmes after research is complete.


Dr Rosie Dobson – Health Psychologist and Research Fellow, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Dr Robyn Whittaker – Public Health Physician and Associate Professor, University of Auckland, New Zealand

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A Review of the WHO Guidelines on Digital Health: Process and Next Steps


Dr Alain Labrique is an infectious disease epidemiologist, community trialist and a globally recognized leader in the application of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to strengthen health systems in resource-limited settings. Currently serving on the faculty of the Global Disease Epidemiology and Control Program of the Department of International Health, Labrique holds joint appointments in Epidemiology, Community-Public Health (Nursing), Health Sciences Informatics (Medicine), Bioengineering Innovation and Design (Engineering). Labrique has a Master’s in Molecular Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master’s in Epidemiology and a PhD in Infectious Disease Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University. He completed his field work as a research fellow at the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research in Bangladesh.

Dr Smisha Agarwal is an Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research is aimed at improving maternal and newborn health in low-income settings through strengthening community health systems and leveraging innovative technological solutions. Over the last decade, she has developed methods for evaluating programs that employ digital tools such as mobile phones for health service delivery. She also led a series of systematic Cochrane reviews that have been leveraged by the WHO to develop global guidelines on the use of digital tools to strengthen health services.

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Job prospects in Health Informatics

Hi All,I am a dentist from India planning to pursue MS in health informatics in US in 2020. I am not sure of the job prospects for this course for foreign students there.  Members, Please give me an idea of job scenario in US for this course. I heard that getting job in this field is quite difficult for foreign students.  Please help me by giving your opinion.  Looking forward to your responses. 

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Health informatics or bioinformatics

Hi All,I am a dentist from India. I have 2 years experience in clincal dentistry and then I moved to pharmacovigilance as a pharmacovigilance associate for 1 year. I am now planning for a career change to health informtaics field. I am  confused between MS in health informatics and MS in bioinformatics. Considering my background and career, what is the best course for me? Also please give me few options of safe universities for these courses as UC Davis and University of Michigan I am planning…

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MRC (UK) Complex Interventions

Hi everyone... I'd like to have a bit of clarification on something...I have developed a mobile app to guide patients preparing for colonoscopy in an ambulatory setting in India. Is such a product considered to be a "complex" healthcare intervention according to the UK's medical research guidance framework?(The app is intended to be used as a patient education and engagement software)

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Statement of Purpose for Health Informatics

Hello Forum Mates, I am Pharmacist by degree and have more than 8 years of experience in Sales and Marketing in Pharmaceutical Industry.Now I moved to Canada and want to get addmission in Health Inforamtics for that I need to prepare Statement of Purpose. If anyone from the forum can help me preparing SOP for HI or if anyone has already prepared that please share with me at will be highly appreciated. Thanks.RegardsGaurav verma

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Introduction to Health IT

This free online course, Introduction to Health IT: Health Management Information Systems, is a “theory” component that provides an introduction to health care applications and the systems that use them, health information technology standards, health-related data structures, and enterprise architecture in health care organizations.

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Installation and Maintenance of Health IT Systems

This free course, Installation and Maintenance of Health IT Systems, covers fundamentals of selection, installation and maintenance of typical Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems. Students will be introduced to the principles underlying system configuration including basic hardware and software components, principles of system selection, planning, testing, troubleshooting, and final deployment.  System security and procedures will also be introduced in this component.

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This free online course, Usability and Human Factors, will discussion of rapid prototyping, user-centered design understanding effects of new technology workflow on downstream processes; facilitation of unit-wide focus groups or simulation.

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This free online course, Vendor-Specific Electronic Health Records (EHR) Systems, will provide an in-depth discussion in Vendor-Specific Systems, focusing specifically in areas such as system and database architectures used in commercial Electronic Health Records (EHRs), vendor strategies for terminology, knowledge management, ways to assess decision support capabilities in EHRs, and finally vendor-specific training (go-live strategies).

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Working in Teams

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This free online course, Quality Improvement in Health IT, introduces the concepts of health IT and practice workflow redesign as instruments of quality improvement.  It addresses establishing a culture that supports increased quality and safety. It also discusses approaches to assessing patient safety issues and implementing quality management and reporting through electronic systems.

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