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Special Issue - A Celebration of education, training and professional development in Health Informatics in the UK

(2005) Special Issue - A Celebration of education, training and professional development in Health Informatics in the UK. UK Health Informatics Today (UKHIT) (48) 1 - 16.

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Abstract

Every report dealing with the use of technology to modernise public services, mentions the importance of education and training. It is assumed that education is a necessary prerequisite if technology is to deliver benefits. Although there is little empirical evidence to support this assertion, there is a large literature which shows that lack of investment in education and training is implicated in information system failures. Why is there so little evidence to demonstrate the benefits of education and training? Funding is a major problem. Few agencies want to fund longitudinal educational research. It’s time consuming and costly. It requires a mixture of qualitative and quantitative methods. Also, there are many different stakeholder perspectives to consider. However, despite a lack of hard empirical evidence, those of us engaged in education know that students benefit from studying Health Informatics. The purpose of this special issue is to listen to the voices of those who have either completed a graduate programme or who are currently studying for such an award. Graduate programme directors in the UK were invited nominate students who would have interesting tales to tell. The students featured in this issue have studied in one of seven programmes: the University of Wales (Aberystwyth); the University of Bath; the University of West of England; University College London (CHIME); City University, London; University College Winchester; and the University of Portsmouth. Full details of these programmes may be found at the end of this issue of the newsletter.

Type:Article
Title:Special Issue - A Celebration of education, training and professional development in Health Informatics in the UK
Keywords:Health Informatics Education, Distance Learning, Student Experiences, Programme Reviews
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care > CHIME

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