e-Seminar: Careers in Health Informatics

Careers in Health Informatics

Dr Chris Paton
BMBS BMedSci, MBA, FACHI, FFCI

This e-Seminar will cover how to develop your career in Health Informatics.

Tuesday 11th December 2018

7-8pm GMT, 2-3pm EST

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Our LIFE:Neonatal Resuscitation simulator for LMICs is now available for beta testing.

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HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and constitutes a set of U.S. regulatory standards including privacy and security rules. These standards, set for the US as a whole relate to the protection of individually identifiable health information and the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronic protected health information. There are also other rules relating to enforcement and breach notification for example.
 
In an AWS blogpost Amazon Web Services has announced that their list of HIPAA eligible machine learning (ML) services has now increased. Services newly added are: Amazon Translate, that the blog says healthcare organisations could use to construct transcripts from audio relating to patient calls, Amazon Comprehend, that it is noted might allow patients to interact with their healthcare provider in whichever language they prefer, and Amazon Transcribe, which is described as offering the potential for healthcare professionals to better understand their patents and improve engagement.

This blogpost continues: "To support our healthcare customers, AWS HIPAA eligible services enable covered entities and their business associates subject to HIPAA to use the secure AWS environment to process, maintain, and store protected health information. Healthcare companies like NextGen Healthcare, Omada Health, Verge Health, and Orion Health are already running HIPAA workloads on AWS to analyze numerous patient records." and "Many healthcare customers are exploring new ways use the power of ML to advance their current workloads and transform how they provide care to patients, all while meeting the requirements of HIPAA."
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Originally founded in 2010 in the UK and later acquired by Google, DeepMind describe themselves as "...on a scientific mission to push the boundaries of AI, developing programs that can learn to solve any complex problem without needing to be taught how." 
 
The mobile app for clinicians that they developed named Streams was the subject of their recently released Blogpost entitled "Scaling Streams with Google" where details are given regarding plans for those behind Streams, to join Google.
 
 
This news comes after Dr. David Feinberg, former Geisinger Health CEO joined Google to lead their newly-formed health team as detailed by CNBC.  

"One of the reasons for joining forces with Google in 2014 was the opportunity to use Google’s scale and experience in building billion-user products to bring our breakthroughs more rapidly to the wider world. It’s been amazing to put this into practice in data centre efficiency, Android battery life, text-to-speech applications, and now the work of our Streams team." says the DeepMind blog. 
 
"Our vision is for Streams to now become an AI-powered assistant for nurses and doctors everywhere - combining the best algorithms with intuitive design, all backed up by rigorous evidence. The team working within Google, alongside brilliant colleagues from across the organisation, will help make this vision a reality." the entry continues, concluding: "Over the coming years, we expect AI to help scientists make transformative advances on problems ranging from protein folding to image analysis, potentially improving medical diagnosis, drug discovery and much more. We’re excited to play our part in that journey both at DeepMind and at Google, in the service of patients and clinicians around the world."

 

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A UK report recently issued from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) entitled "Outpatients: the future – adding value through sustainability"  describes the need for a re-appraisal of how outpatient care functions and discusses how this might be brought into line with current patient expectations and lifestyle.
 
The RCP report highlighted the cost to both patients and the NHS that the traditional outpatient care system incurs. It describes that one in five attending pensioners reportedly feel worse flowing their outpatient appointment due simply to the stresses incurred by the journey itself and explained that if A&E were excluded, remaining hospital activity would consist primarily (85%) of outpatient appointments and yet DNA's (where a patient Did Not Attend) occur roughly a quarter of the time.
 
Assessments of value (cost vs outcome) and sustainability (enduring consequences) are needed, says the report, and moving forwards the volume of face to face consultations might be substituted, where appropriate, with more modern alternatives while patents might be encouraged to take control of their care, becoming partners in all relevant decisions, with trusts being flexible enough to facilitate this. At the heart of these changes is suggested adoption of modern technology and other innovations including telephone consultations, skype, apps and online tools, text messaging and remote monitoring systems.
 
5 key recommendations were determined in this report focusing on improvement being measured in terms of population and system effects (as well as individual outcomes), remuneration of trusts for clinical value, national guidance creation in relation to outpatients, collaboration with organisations/charities in order to develop resource signposting and finally guidance being established regarding partnerships with the voluntary and community sectors.  
 
Professor Stephen Powis National medical director of NHS England is quoted here as calling for "honest conversations within our local health communities – with patients, with colleagues in primary care and community services, and with professionals across different specialties and providers – to ensure that reforms are in the interests of all concerned and sustainable in the long term. This report provides an excellent basis on which to base those conversations, and on which to build the consensus for change."
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Career Transition from Microbiology to HIM with no Clinical or IT Experience

Hello, I am about to apply to a graduate program to get my master’s in health informatics administration instead of bioinformatics. The program is CAHIIM accredited and I will be able to sit for the RHIA exam after graduation. I will also get a student discount to join professional networks. Here’s my background. -B.S. Biology with Chemistry minor -4 years work experience in Microbiology (2 years food science and 2 years pharmaceutical/medical device) and even some engineering…

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Hi Everyone, This is sadhana Jitta, currently Pursuing Helath Information Management program at Fleming College, Canada. I have complete Doctor of Pharmacy back in india. Health Informatics is a feild of my interest and I’m very excited to know new insights of this feild. Thanks,  Sadhana Jitta

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