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Thomas H. Payne
MEBI 598
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Biomedical and Health Informatics

Readings, lectures, and discussions pertaining to a significant biomedical and health informatics problem or an emerging issue. Topics vary. Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

This seminar series is intended for those who intend to have informatics careers and for those who find themselves adding informatics to their existing responsibilities. Iíve noticed that many informatics trainees know less than they should about the practical side of clinical computing, such as the realities of building HL7 interfaces, interface engines, and ongoing support; yet many will enter careers in which part of their time will be devoted to informatics operations in a medical center.

Seminar presenters have operational responsibility for clinical computing systems at UW and elsewhere, and we combine seminars with tours of patient care areas and computing equipment rooms to give participants a sense of what this field is like for clinician-users and those who spend their days and nights keeping the systems operational.

Student learning goals

To understand design, operations, and other practical aspects of clinical computing systems

To see examples of clinical computing systems in use in UW Medicine and Seattle hospitals

To learn how clinical computing systems relate to health care organization committees and organizational structure.

To learn more about potential careers in clinical computing.

General method of instruction

Presentations by clinical computing operational leaders in area medical centers, including UW. Discussion and questions during and after sessions. Tours of clinical care areas to understand how computing systems fit into delivery of care.

Recommended preparation

A clinical background is useful but not required. Interest in informatics, and familiarity with basics of computer systems.

Class assignments and grading


Pass fail, based on attendance and participation

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Thomas H. Payne
Date: 03/14/2014