Published on February 27, 2014
The Healthcare Informatics Profession Yasmin Aldosari
Outlines • What is Health Informatics? • Services • The population to serve • The preparation required to acquire it and Skills • Health Informatics in Saudi Arabia • Statistics for Graduates of HI • Conclusion
What is Health Informatics (HI)? • The knowledge, skills and tools which enable information to be collected, managed, used and shared to support the delivery of healthcare and promote health. • Healthcare informatics is the field within information science concerned with the management of healthcare data and information using computers and other technologies • The National Health Service (NHS) explains that the HI career field is one of the fastest growing areas within healthcare.
Services • Create electronic health records for every person in the country or • Explore patient data to identify disease and treatment trends. • Concerned with the collection, storage, and analysis of information related to administration, program development, patient care, and public health issues.
The Population to Serve • Support • • • • • Quality Patient Care Medical Research Health Planning Healthcare Evaluation And Financial
The Preparation Required to Acquire it and Skills • HI requires technical skills that are used to manipulate data into useful reports. • This means that a working knowledge of statistical analysis and data integration within the database storage software are required. • Bachelor's and master’s degree or certificates in HI
The Preparation Required to Acquire it and Skills • Sub-disciplines of health informatics • nursing informatics • medical informatics • pharmacy informatics • clinical informatics • dental informatics • public health informatics • and mental health informatics • etc.
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Health Informatics in Saudi Arabia
Health Informatics in Saudi Arabia • Very new field. • Saudi Association for Health Information (SAHI) was established in 2006 • Develop theoretical and applicable knowledge, and provide applicable scientific studies
Statistics for Graduates of HI Educational sectors King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences Degree Established year Job Title Bachelor’s 2006 Specialist 0 Senior-Specialist 66 Master’s Number of Graduate Saudi Electronic University Bachelor’s 2012 Specialist 0 AlQaseem University Bachelor’s 2011 Specialist 0 Umm Al-Qura University Bachelor’s 2011 Specialist 0 Jazan University Bachelor’s 2011 Specialist 0 Hail University Bachelor’s 2011 Specialist 0
King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences Master Program • This program accepts students with bachelor’s degrees in IT, medical, and hospital management, and it has had 66 students graduate (41 female and 25 male) from its master’s degree program since 2008
Conclusion • Very new field of study in Saudi Arabia • The healthcare sector still does not understand the role HI plays in healthcare in SA. • World needs 50,000 HI professionals in the next five to seven years SA needs more HI professionals. • SAHI has poor information and old.
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