I am Dr. Manjula Dharmawardhana. I MBBS qualified medical doctor with 3 years experience in the filed of Medicine, now reading for a MSc in Biomedical Informatics.
We have learned by now that Health is a very unique field. Even though we see that information, in the context itself, exist in the health field and appear ready to be digitized. But we have also learned that the field is so unique, any person who is applying IT in health should be comfortable with Health domain also. The approach most countries has taken is, train people who has IT background in Health, then deploy them as Health Informatitians. In Sri Lanka, we have taken the approach other way. We are training Medical Doctors in Health Informatics. As they are already in the health domain, training in IT and special Informatics topics is the key task.
It will be interesting to know the approach each country has taken as this will let us understand the strengths and weaknesses of each approach.