Biden Announces $1.2 Billion for EHRs

“Expanding the use of electronic health records is fundamental to reforming our healthcare system,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, unveiling the grants with Biden in Chicago.

“Electronic health records can help reduce medical errors, make healthcare more efficient and improve the quality of medical care for all Americans.”

The grants will be funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and be made available in 2010, the statement said.

Source: Reuters

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Upcoming Health Informatics Conferences

I’m attending a few Health Informatics conferences in the next couple of months. I’m planning on blogging the sessions and writing about interesting new developments in health informatics. Here are the conferences I’m going to:

1. Medicine 2.0 in Toronto. September 17-18. I’m going to be presenting about our new social networking site for encouraging collaboration between health innovators. More on this soon, but there’s some pretty exciting developments in the works. Chen Lou will also be presenting about our Facebook Influenza tracking project. This conference was great fun last year so I’m looking forward to attending again this year.

2. HINZ (Health Informatics New Zealand). September 30 – October 2. This is the annual Health Informatics conference for New Zealand. Again, I’ll be talking about our new health innovation networking site, but also representing the National Institute for Health Innovation at our stand and generally catching up with NZ health informatics people.

3. m-Health New Zealand. November 6. I’m organising this conference with Robyn Whittaker from the Clinical Trials Research Unit at Auckland University. We’ve got some great guest speakers and submissions are coming in. If you’d like to present at this conference, make sure you submit your abstract before the 14th of August.

4. AMIA 2009. November 14-18. This is going to be a huge event in San Fransisco and a great health informatics conference. I’m co-organising a tutorial about using social networking technology (including Second Life) in medical education with W Ed Hammond, Constance Johnson and Parvati Dev.

Johns Hopkins Offers New Health Informatics Degree

An indication that Health Informatics is really taking off as a profession and research area:

BALTIMORE – The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine will offer a new degree program in informatics this September.

The one-year Master’s degree program is designed to prepare graduates for informatics leadership positions in clinical, public health and scientific settings.

The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) approved the new program in June.

According to program literature, graduates “should be capable of developing or leading innovative applications of information technology and information systems that address biological, clinical or public health priorities, studying how information is organized and used and evaluating this work to contribute to the scientific field.” Program requirements include core, selective and elective coursework, grand rounds and a capstone project.

Source: Healthcare IT News

Healthcare IT Central

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Gwen Darling has set up a great new resource for Health IT professionals called Healthcare IT Central. The site is an expansion of her Healthcare IT Jobs website and in addition to the Job Board, it also features content, news, and a blog roll.

New IMIA News Site

IMIA News

Peter Murray has put together an excellent new online news and information service for the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA).

You can subscribe to the site by RSS or Email to keep to do date with IMIA activities and Health Informatics generally:

Click here to visit the site: IMIA News

Opportunity in Health Informatics at the Univeristy of Sydney

The Health Informatics Research & Evaluation Unit (HIREU) located within the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney, was established in 2006 with a mission to provide an evidence-base regarding the effective use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in the health sector. Such research requires a multi-method, multi-disciplinary approach which spans quantitative measurement of changes in health outcomes associated with ICT use, to understanding organisational cultural and work practice changes. Research methods applied are diverse with direct and video observational studies, social network analyses, measurement of error rates, work and communication patterns, and organisational cost and performance indicators.

The HIREU currently has opportunities available for suitably qualified and experienced researchers in health informatics. Please follow the link below for further information.

Senior Research Fellow and Research Fellow HIREU