تخصص المعلوماتية الصحية يدرس في عدة جامعات حكومية بالمملكة منها ما يدرس التخصص للبكالريوس والماجستير ومنها ما يدرس دبلومات متخصصة بالتعاون مع جامعات عالمية. القائمة التالية تحتوي على أمثلة لعدة برامج في المجال ولعدد من المراحل
بعض الجامعات تدرس التخصص وتخصص ادارة المعلومات الصحية في نفس الوقت والبعض الاخر في مرحلة تطوير البرنامج ومن ثم تدريسه. بالتوفيق وهنا التعريف من الجامعة السعودية الإلكترونية
“تعنى المعلوماتية الصحية برفع كفاءة وجودة الخدمات الصحية وتعزيز السلامة من خلال الاستخدام الأمثل لتقنية الحاسب ونظم المعلومات وأسس الإدراة وتوظيفها بشكل فعال في قطاع الخدمات الصحية. وتخدم المعلوماتية الصحية وسائل جمع وتخزين المعلومات الصحية ومن ثم إدارة تلك المعلومات بشكل يجعل الوصول لها والاستفادة منها متيسراً بما في ذلك تسهيل مشاركة المعلومات بين القطاعات المعنية المختلفة.”
“Study Outlines How to Link Health Information Technology, Patient Engagement (instead of Study Outlines How to Link Health Information Technology, Family Engagement). Also, first paragraph, first sentence of release should read: Betty Moore Foundation (instead of Betty More Foundation”
“Public health surveillance has benefitted from, and has often pioneered, informatics analyses and solutions. However, the field of informatics also serves other facets of public health including emergency response, environmental health, nursing, and administration. Public health informatics has been defined as the systematic application of information and computer science and technology to public health practice, research, and learning (1). It is an interdisciplinary profession that applies mathematics, engineering, information science, and related social sciences (e.g., decision analysis) to important public health problems and processes. Public health informatics is a subdomain of the larger field known as biomedical or health informatics.”
“As such, the “e” in e-health does not only stand for “electronic,” but implies a number of other “e’s,” which together perhaps best characterize what e-health is all about (or what it should be).
Efficiency – one of the promises of e-health is to increase efficiency in health care, thereby decreasing costs. One possible way of decreasing costs would be by avoiding duplicative or unnecessary diagnostic or therapeutic interventions, through enhanced communication possibilities between health care establishments, and through patient involvement.
Enhancing quality of care – increasing efficiency involves not only reducing costs, but at the same time improving quality. E-health may enhance the quality of health care for example by allowing comparisons between different providers, involving consumers as additional power for quality assurance, and directing patient streams to the best quality providers.
Evidence based – e-health interventions should be evidence-based in a sense that their effectiveness and efficiency should not be assumed but proven by rigorous scientific evaluation. Much work still has to be done in this area.
Empowerment of consumers and patients – by making the knowledge bases of medicine and personal electronic records accessible to consumers over the Internet, e-health opens new avenues for patient-centered medicine, and enables evidence-based patient choice.
Encouragement of a new relationship between the patient and health professional, towards a true partnership, where decisions are made in a shared manner.
Education of physicians through online sources (continuing medical education) and consumers (health education, tailored preventive information for consumers)
Enabling information exchange and communication in a standardized way between health care establishments.
Extending the scope of health care beyond its conventional boundaries. This is meant in both a geographical sense as well as in a conceptual sense. e-health enables consumers to easily obtain health services online from global providers. These services can range from simple advice to more complex interventions or products such a pharmaceuticals.
Ethics – e-health involves new forms of patient-physician interaction and poses new challenges and threats to ethical issues such as online professional practice, informed consent, privacy and equity issues.
Equity – to make health care more equitable is one of the promises of e-health, but at the same time there is a considerable threat that e-health may deepen the gap between the “haves” and “have-nots”. People, who do not have the money, skills, and access to computers and networks, cannot use computers effectively. As a result, these patient populations (which would actually benefit the most from health information) are those who are the least likely to benefit from advances in information technology, unless political measures ensure equitable access for all. The digital divide currently runs between rural vs. urban populations, rich vs. poor, young vs. old, male vs. female people, and between neglected/rare vs. common diseases.
In addition to these 10 essential e’s, e-health should also be
entertaining (no-one will use something that is boring!) and
– and it should definitely exist!
We invite other views on the definition of e-health and hope that over time the journal will be filled with articles which together elucidate the realm of e-health.
“A team of RAND Corporation researchers projected in 2005 that rapid adoption of health information technology (IT) could save the United States more than $81 billion annually. Seven years later the empirical data on the technology’s impact on health care efficiency and safety are mixed, and annual health care expenditures in the United States have grown by $800 billion. In our view, the disappointing performance of health IT to date can be largely attributed to several factors: sluggish adoption of health IT systems, coupled with the choice of systems that are neither interoperable nor easy to use; and the failure of health care providers and institutions to reengineer care processes to reap the full benefits of health IT. We believe that the original promise of health IT can be met if the systems are redesigned to address these flaws by creating more-standardized systems that are easier to use, are truly interoperable, and afford patients more access to and control over their health data. Providers must do their part by reengineering care processes to take full advantage of efficiencies offered by health IT, in the context of redesigned payment models that favor value over volume.”