Dr Supten Sarabhadhikari, Founder of Supten Institute and an emissary of Health InformaticsÂ Standards, talks about creating a vibrant health network through e-learning.
Health informatics, which is also known by terminologiesÂ like healthcare informatics medical informatics,Â nursinginformatics, clinical informatics or biomedicalÂ informatics, is a discipline that stands at the intersectionÂ of information science, computer science, and cutting edgeÂ healthcare. It deals with the resources, devices, and methodsÂ required for optimising the acquisition, storage, retrieval,Â and use of information in health and biomedicine. Health informaticsÂ tools include not only computers, but also clinicalÂ guidelines, formal medical terminologies, and information andÂ communication systems. It is applied to the areas of nursing,Â clinical care, dentistry, pharmacy, public health, occupationalÂ therapy, and bio-medical research.
Supten Institute offer courses intended to introduce theÂ basics of healthcare informatics. At the end of completion ofÂ this course, the students are skilled in various learning techniques.Â The course teaches basic health informatics includingÂ electronic health / medical records (EHR/EMR), tele-health (ehealthÂ and telemedicine), medical imaging, evidence-basedÂ medicine (EBM), and healthcare interoperability standards.Â The students are made aware of the role of hardware, softwareÂ and networks that are used in healthcare. They are able to acquireÂ skills in querying medical databases (including literature)Â relevant to clinical management and medical research. TheÂ students need to learn and understand basic skills required toÂ develop databases relevant to healthcare and use of hospitalÂ information system.
Supten Institute intends to become a centre of excellenceÂ for empowering professionals to effectively use InformationÂ and Communications Technologies (ICT) applied to healthcareÂ practice, education and research. The institute is committed toÂ capacity building, for informed healthcare delivery in the 21stÂ century, through the Internet, social networking sites and face -to-Â face classes i.e., Blended Learning. It shares the values ofÂ its founder whose commitment is to offer high quality educationÂ across time and space barriers to enable all human beingsÂ in asking for and delivering informed healthcare throughÂ informatics tools. The institute will offer courses through theÂ programmes and examinations offered periodically at externalÂ locations.
The programmes are in hybrid model, with one day of fourÂ courses being offered as a pre-conference or post-conference,Â the remaining six to eight courses are offered online. The certificationÂ exams are also conducted online.