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About the Program

The discipline of Health Informatics operates at the intersection of health sciences (e.g. basic, clinical, public health, librarianship, etc.), information technology and data science. It is in this area that a multidisciplinary understanding of health information needs, human-centered design and optimization of health information technologies (HIT) that drives innovation in the use and adoption of modern solutions supporting data-driven decisions that improve patient outcomes. 

At NACHC, we recognize the wide diversity and the unique challenges that community health centers and their patients face everyday. With this in mind, we have developed an interdisciplinary health informatics curriculum that invites students, trainees, graduates and post-graduate scholars from a range of disciplines including nursing, medical, public health, dental and allied health professions as well as fields such as computer, library and information sciences. This is an applied course that attempts to engage participants in relevant issues and challenges faced by community health centers across the nation.

Training Objectives

After going through the health informatics curriculum and training, participants must be able to:

  1. Develop competencies in health informatics and implementation sciences pertinent to low-resource settings
  2. Develop proficiency in field development and application of HIT solutions across a variety of use-cases
  3. Observe and participate in collaborative research and development activities in public health informatics
  4. Increase knowledge of allied fields related to health informatics such as computer science, biostatistics, and evaluation methodology
  5. Contribute to the field of public health informatics by completing a research project relevant to challenges faced by community health centers

Upon completion of the training, participants will be awarded or afforded the possibility of the following

  1. Informatics Fellowship or Blackbelt Certificate:
  2. NACHC Internship
  3. Mini-certificates - deep dive in specialized health informatics areas
  4. In person training institutes; meetings and organization-hosted conferences

Application Requirements

  1. Relevant experience working at community health centers or related/supporting organizations.
  2. Work experience or a degree in relevant fields including public health, medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, nursing, ancillary therapies, librarianship, biomedical science and computer and information science.

Curriculum / Concepts

  1. Design Thinking Framework​ and No Code Development​

    1. No Code Development​

      1. GlideApps, Thunkable, Landbot​

      2. Free to use any other no code tool for Capstone​ Project

    2. Examples

      1. COVID patient registry​

      2. Facemask image recognition​

      3. COVID risk assessment chatbot​

  2. Principles of Health Informatics and Electronic Health Records​

    1. Case study evaluation of commercial and open source electronic health record​ software

      1. Epic

      2. eClinicalWorks

      3. NextGen

      4. athenahealth / athenaONE / athenaClinicals
      5. Allscripts
      6. Cerner
      7. Open Electronic Medical Record (OpenEMR)
      8. OSHERA VistA
      9. Open Medical Record System (OpenMRS)
      10. OpenEHR
  3. Innovation in Healthcare and Digital Health Business Models​

    1. Diffusion of innovation framework for Capstone Project​

    2. Business model canvas of a digital health company ​or industry vendor solution of choice

  4. Artificial Intelligence and Data Science in Healthcare​

    1. Imaging Informatics and Machine Learning

      1. AI model for x-ray classification using Teachable Machine (normal, viral pneumonia, bacterial pneumonia, COVID)​

      2. Data science platform using Rapidminer for COVID patient analysis (decision tree model)

  5. Digital Health, Telehealth, Public Health Informatics​

    1. Case studies on public health solutions for COVID-19​

      1. Telehealth solutions
      2. Data aggregation
      3. Pandemic predictive models
      4. Common data models
  6. Security and Privacy in Healthcare, Ethics in Health Informatics Management​

    1. Cybersecurity protocols for Capstone Project​

    2. Case studies on ethics in health informatics​

      1. Therac-25​

      2. Chris Gerdes and Waymo​

      3. Cogient and Accutane​

      4. Fitbit

      5. Intersystems and Johns Hopkins​

    3. Exercise : Google Phishing Quiz​

    4. Exercise : Cybersecure your medical practice

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