“Information is the lifeblood of medicine and health information technology is destined to be the circulatory system for that information,” ~ David Blumenthal, MD
The IT Role
IT (Information Technology) has been hugely beneficial for the academic medicine industry. Just consider how the public hospitals, private clinics, and teaching institutions for the Health care providers in your own community have changed, as a result of IT. For starters, the industry has never been more patient-centered than it is today. That’s due in part to its ability to quickly and easily record, store, retrieve, and edit information via the advances made in digital applications. Today, many of these these apps are designed to help organize and streamline financial accounting, scheduling, caretaker communication, and patient records. Such resources allow for huge savings in time and capital. This in turn enables for the expansion of more time to foster positive and empowering relationships with patients throughout their health care journeys. This also means that our nation’s physicians can spend less time with cumbersome paperwork, and more time communicating with their patients and working to save lives. But the joint journey of IT and academic medicine is not yet at its end and many great minds continue to gather to discuss opportunities for progress.
This year the GIR (Group on Information Resources) organized the 2016 Information Technology in Academic Medicine conference, which will take place from Wednesday, June 1 to Friday, June 3, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario (CAN). This event pulls in major players from both the academic medicine technology and data community seeking growth and innovative answers to the following issues:
- Informatics and Data Analytics
- Technology Leadership and Trends
- Educational, Research and Health Care Technologies
- Workforce Development and Administrative Technologies (AAMC, 2016)
With attendees including key faculty and staff team members from both teaching hospitals and health profession schools across the country, there’s no denying that the scope of academic medicine certainly looks bright for 2017 and beyond.
2016 GIR Conference Event Topics:
- The Role of Simulation and Emerging Education Modalities in the Health Care Continuum
- Innovations in Research, Education, Clinical, Administration, or Library Technologies
- Addressing Technology Challenges and Opportunities in a Learning Health System
- Advances in Data Analytics and Management Strategies to Support Missions
- Utilizing and Creating Dashboards to Inform Institutional Decision-Making
- Creating and Maintaining IT Leadership, Governance, Policy, and Training
- Addressing Diversity in the Information Resources Workforce
- Innovations or Technologies to Support Change Management
- Unlocking the Potential of Electronic Medical Records
- Enabling Inter and Intra Institutional Collaboration
The Internet, Innovation & Organizations
With topics encompassing everything from data analytics and dashboards to simulation and collaboration across diverse institutions, the need to design applications that can address health care business needs may be met soon by apps designed to breathe and grow, online first and foremost. But even more interesting, will be what comes next. That is the need to implement these resources so that they’re readily accessible from any platform (e.g. mobile, tablet, desktop, digital glasses, etc.), in any format, and in real-time. This could enable health care providers to quickly tap into thousands of digitally connected health care institutions across the country to gain invaluable, medical, decision-making insights. This has the potential to generate far greater progress in both modern patient care and organizational performance than ever. It’s also where ubiquitous computing a.k.a. ubicomp may enter the scene. This is next-generation technology. And if you’d like to learn more about the current state of ubicomp and who’s leading the charge in the field, stay tuned to stay informed via the USF Health IS Tech Blog.
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