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Preparing for Informatics Careers and Trends in the Age of Meaningful Use - Introduction

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  • 1. Preparing for Informatics Careers and Trends in the Age of Meaningful Use Nawanan Theera-Ampornpunt, MD, PhD Kai Zheng, PhD Yang Gong, MD, PhD Jennifer Boehne, PharmD, MHI, MPH David C. Kaelber, MD, PhD, MPH
  • 2. Student Working Group Career Panel • Annual tradition organized by Student WG • Born: AMIA 2002 Annual Symposium • Present viewpoints on informatics career opportunities and professional development advices to students and early-career professionals • Have become one of the hallmarks of the Symposium for student attendees over the years
  • 3. This Year’s Career Panel • “Meaningful Use” creates a boost for career opportunities • Featuring panelists with experience from academia & industry • Panelists also from different professional backgrounds (technical vs. clinical/health), recognizing different career trajectories • Panelists asked to discuss HIT trends & implications for students
  • 4. Some Questions to be Answered • How was your experience from when you first entered the field until now? • What factors or experience played a key role in your informatics career? • Given your background and work setting, what do you think are the upcoming trends in HIT and informatics? • What implications do these trends have for current informatics students and trainees? • In this age of Meaningful Use, how should these students prepare and ready themselves for the coming career opportunities and trends?
  • 5. Panel Format • First round (60 minutes) ▫ Each panelist allotted 15 minutes • Open questions from audience (15-20 minutes) • Second round (10 minutes) ▫ Each panelist offers brief closing comments
  • 6. Panelists Academia, Health Background • Yang Gong, MD, PhD • Associate Professor • School of Biomedical Informatics The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
  • 7. Yang Gong UTHealth yang.gong@uth.tmc.edu Thursday, December 05, 2013 International Ballroom West Washington Hilton, AMIA 2013
  • 8. Experience since entered the field   Learning along evolution of informatics definitions in healthcare  medical informatics, health informatics, clinical informatics, consumer informatics, public health informatics, etc.  Experiencing through professional conferences:  AMIA, MEDINFO, HIMSS, AHIMA, etc.  Meeting peers (students and professionals)  Exchanging views and opinions
  • 9. Clinical Informatics   Human factors  Human-computer interaction in health information systems  Clinical decision support  Case-based reasoning  Health data display  Patient safety  Reporting errors  Learning from errors
  • 10. Key factors in informatics career?   Collaboration  Health informatics is a team work by nature  Large scale research project  Regional, national, or international effect  Coordination  Research  Teaching  Academic services
  • 11. Trends in HIT and informatics?   Interprofessional education (IPE) in healthcare  A continuous interaction and knowledge sharing between interdisciplinary team, including health informatics to explore and solve education and care issues while optimizing patient participation.  Patient safety and healthcare quality  Reducing medical errors  Improving quality and effectiveness
  • 12. Implications of trend for current informatics students and trainees   Get an early exposure to health informatics  Apply health informatics to HIT practice  Demonstrate quality improvement and value of meaningful use  Disseminate outcomes of clinical effectiveness
  • 13. Suggestions for preparing career opportunities and trends?   Be active in health informatics community  Student WG  Newsletter  Student competitions  Mentorship program  Student volunteership at professional conferences  Get experience and defray cost  conference registration  Accommodation and flights
  • 14. Panelists Industry, Health IT Vendor • Jennifer Boehne, PharmD, MHI, MPH • Medication Safety Officer/Manager • University of Louisville (KentuckyOne Health) • Formerly worked for Epic Systems Corporation
  • 15. Jennifer Boehne RPh, PharmD, MHI, MPH Doctorate in Pharmacy – University of MN Pharmacy Residency Masters In Health Informatics – University of MN Pharmacy Informatics Fellowship Masters in Public Health – Harvard
  • 16. My Experiences  • • • • Joint Programs – JD, MBA, MHI, MPH Residency Programs – PGY1 & PGY2 Fellowships Work “Life is short ‐ Do Something you enjoy!”
  • 17. Upcoming Trends in HIT & Implications • Collaboration – Patients, Providers, Portals,  PHRs • Personalized CDS • Drug monitoring – Home, POS & PDMP • Home monitoring – Vitals • Pharmacogenomics
  • 18. Be prepared! • Get involved in professional organizations – AMIA: Student WG+ – Healthcare, IT, etc. • Experiment & Experience in uncertain economy – Volunteer – Shadow – Internships – Residencies – Fellowship • Data Dissemination Planning
  • 19. Jennifer Boehne RPh, PharmD, MHI, MPH jjboehne@gmail.com
  • 20. Panelists Industry, Healthcare Organization • David C. Kaelber, MD, PhD, MPH • Chief Medical Informatics Officer The MetroHealth System • Center for Clinical Informatics Research and Education The MetroHealth System • Case Western Reserve University
  • 21. Preparing for Informatics Careers and Trends in the Age of Meaningful Use David Kaelber MD, PhD, MPH, FAAP, FACP Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Epidemiology and Biostatistics Case Western Reserve University Chief Medical Informatics Officer and Director of the Center for Clinical Informatics Research and Education The MetroHealth System MetroHealth and Case Western Reserve University, affiliated since 1914, partners in advancing patient care through research and teaching.
  • 22. Perspective on Informatics • Rapidly growing in size • Rapidly growing in expectations • “Digit revolution in healthcare” • What is/are the “killer applications” • Where is the real value MetroHealth and Case Western Reserve University, affiliated since 1914, partners in advancing patient care through research and teaching.
  • 23. Key Career Factors • Volunteering • Networking • Talking to lots of people • Reputation • “Right place, right time” • “Trailbraizer” MetroHealth and Case Western Reserve University, affiliated since 1914, partners in advancing patient care through research and teaching.
  • 24. Trends • Informatics credentials • Informatics definition/role consolidation/clarification • Increasing reliance on health IT “Its just a tool” MetroHealth and Case Western Reserve University, affiliated since 1914, partners in advancing patient care through research and teaching.
  • 25. Implications • Think about credentials (AMIA 10X10, informatics degree, informatics board certification, ???) • Obtain training/experience in multiple areas: – – – – – clinical care evaluation/statistics leadership operations/business technology • Participate in “practical” projects MetroHealth and Case Western Reserve University, affiliated since 1914, partners in advancing patient care through research and teaching.
  • 26. Words of Wisdom • Find your passion • Find mentors • Network David Kaelber (david.kaelber@case.edu) • Volunteer (gain experience) • Develop a plan (early) (know it will change) MetroHealth and Case Western Reserve University, affiliated since 1914, partners in advancing patient care through research and teaching.
  • 27. Panelists Academia, Technical Background • Kai Zheng, PhD • Associate Professor of Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health • Associate Professor of Information, School of Information • University of Michigan
  • 28. Interdisciplinary Challenges Interdisciplinary Publishing (presentation, presentation, presentation!) ! Community & Identity (where your roots are) Preparing for Informatics Careers and Trends in the Age of Meaningful Use ! kai zheng, associate professor school of public health, school of information ! Distinct Promotion Expectations (be careful when selecting external reviewers) 1 2 Sciences behind Physics, Aerodynamics, Material science ! Mechanical engineering, Electrical/Electronic engineering ! Ergonomics, Cognitive ergonomics, Industrial design ! Industrial engineering, Operation management ! … 3 4
  • 29. Without the underlying sciences 5 Without health informatics 6 Interdisciplinary Challenges Interdisciplinary Publishing (presentation, presentation, presentation!) ! Community & Identity (where your roots are) Questions? kzheng@umich.edu ! Distinct Promotion Expectations (be careful when selecting external reviewers) 7 8
  • 30. Acknowledgments • Rui Zhang, MS, ST-WG Chair-Elect (2013) • Sashank Kaushik, MD, Member-at-Large (Resident-Fellow) • Ryan Shaw, PhD, RN, Member-at-Large (Doctoral - PhD) • Tiffany Kelley, PhD, MBA, RN, Immediate Past Chair • Saif Khairat, PhD • ST-WG Executive Committee

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