Dr Supten Sarabhadhikari, Founder of Supten Institute and an emissary of Health InformaticsStandards, talks about creating a vibrant health network through e-learning.

Health informatics, which is also known by terminologieslike healthcare informatics medical informatics,nursinginformatics, clinical informatics or biomedicalinformatics, is a discipline that stands at the intersectionof information science, computer science, and cutting edgehealthcare. It deals with the resources, devices, and methodsrequired for optimising the acquisition, storage, retri,and use of information in health and biomedicine. Health informaticstools include not only computers, but also clinicalguidelines, formal medical terminologies, and information andcommunication systems. It is applied to the areas of nursing,clinical care, dentistry, pharmacy, public health, occupationaltherapy, and bio-medical research.

Supten Institute offer courses intended to introduce thebasics of healthcare informatics. At the end of completion ofthis course, the students are skilled in various learning techniques.The course teaches basic health informatics includingelectronic health / medical records (EHR/EMR), tele-health (ehealthand telemedicine), medical imaging, evidence-basedmedicine (EBM), and healthcare interoperability standards.The students are made aware of the role of hardware, softwareand networks that are used in healthcare. They are able to acquireskills in querying medical databases (including literature)relevant to clinical management and medical research. Thestudents need to learn and understand basic skills required todevelop databases relevant to healthcare and use of hospitalinformation system.

Supten Institute intends to become a centre of excellencefor empowering professionals to effectively use Informationand Communications Technologies (ICT) applied to healthcarepractice, education and research. The institute is committed tocapacity building, for informed healthcare delivery in the 21stcentury, through the Internet, social networking sites and face -to-face classes i.e., Blended Learning. It shares the values ofits founder whose commitment is to offer high quality educationacross time and space barriers to enable all human beingsin asking for and delivering informed healthcare throughinformatics tools. The institute will offer courses through theprogrammes and examinations offered periodically at externallocations.

The programmes are in hybrid model, with one day of fourcourses being offered as a pre-conference or post-conference,the remaining six to eight courses are offered online. The certificationexams are also conducted online.

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