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Getting Health Informatics into the Medical Curriculum: An Uphill Struggle

Murphy, J; Stramer, K; Clamp, S; Grubb, P; Gosland, J; Davis, S; (2002) Getting Health Informatics into the Medical Curriculum: An Uphill Struggle. Presented at: 10th Ottawa Conference on Medical Education.

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Abstract

13-16 July 2002, Ottawa, Canada. In the past health (or medical) informatics has been seen as an esoteric subject, with very little relevance to medical students or clinicians. However, as technology becomes part of the everyday life of the hospital, the medical school and general practice, it has become evident that if doctors are to reap the benefits, they need more than basic IT skills. The UK, along with other countries now has a national health information strategy which sets targets for emedicine and makes assumptions about the knowledge, skills and attitudes of clinicians. One way of ensuring that clinicians are able to use electronic tools and to contribute to their development, is to embed health informatics into the medical curriculum. This paper reports on a national survey funded by the UK Department of Health to determine how medical schools are coping with this challenge. The paper discusses the methodology, reports on the results, and puts forward recommendations.

Type: Conference item (UNSPECIFIED)
Title: Getting Health Informatics into the Medical Curriculum: An Uphill Struggle
Event: 10th Ottawa Conference on Medical Education
Dates: 13 July 2002 - 16 July 2002
Additional information: Abstract in Proceedings of 10th Ottawa Conference on Medical Education. Ottawa, Canada.
Keywords: Health informatics, Curriculum development, Ehealth, National survey, Medical Informatics, Barriers
UCL classification: UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care > CHIME
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/101791
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