Health Informatics in the Cloud
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This course is intended to help even non-technically trained students gain basic proficiency in health informatics: the application of computing to healthcare delivery, public health and community-based clinical research. This is distinct from the related field of bioinformatics, which explores the role of computing in understanding the genomic and proteomic processes within cells. Weeks 1-2 cover the US healthcare delivery system's unique structural, economic and policy issues and how they create a potentially strategic role for health informatics. Week 3-5 explains at a high level the core technologies involved in contemporary health informatics. Weeks 6-9 explore how these technologies are being deployed using some of the best commercial and open source products as examples. Week 10 presents the instructor’s personal speculation about the future of the field. There are reading assignments for each week. As the course progresses, students can, optionally, also read the appropriate chapters of the instructor’s text, Health Informatics in the Cloud.