SCSK 535 Biomedical Informatics

Edwin Sperr, MLIS

Information technology is important to the practice of medicine, but still does little to inform the core practice of documentation. Indeed, health care finds itself in the same position now with regards to IT that most other industries did 15 years ago. Students will need a range of competencies to work in this changing landscape. They will not only need to navigate this future, but they will need to help build it as well. The purpose of this course is to introduce the students to the basic principles of biomedical informatics and give the students a framework with which to face the challenges ahead. To this end, students will trace the development of the electronic medical record, and situate that history in the context of current practice; discuss the importance of integrating different types of information sources in a clinical setting; demonstrate a basic knowledge of different telemedicine technologies and be able to evaluate the appropriateness of solutions for a particular situation. Students will use online tools to meet immediate information needs, as well as to aid in current awareness; demonstrate that you can evaluate types of information sources in terms of format, authority, relevance and availability; and discuss the basic legal and ethical issues relating to patient privacy and electronic medical records.