Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Health Informatics, South Africa
Position: An important reason for the failure of Health Information Technology (HIT) solutions is that the original design does not reflect the work practices and social relations amongst its users. This also leads to low utilization levels of ‘‘successful’’ HITs, which means that the solution is not utilized meaningfully. This has been shown to be inherent to the complex nature of the healthcare environment.
This fellowship is focused on improving adoption and meaningful use of Health Information Technology (HIT) solutions, with special emphasis on Home-Based Healthcare (HBHC).
Candidates with an information technology background, but strong interest/experience in health informatics are encouraged to apply. Candidates with a nursing (or other relevant) background, but a strong interest in HITs, can also apply.
Research: The research will be conducted together with students in the Health Informatics research group within the School of ICT (www.nmmu.ac.za/sict).
The postdoctoral researcher will be expected to contribute significantly to:
a. The publication of research outputs from current and previous projects;
b. Daily supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate student projects;
c. Strengthening of collaboration with partners (eg healthcare providers); and
d. Conducting and leading fieldwork at a local NGO (specifically in the HBHC context).
Requirements: A Ph.D. Information Technology/Nursing Informatics/Medical Informatics or other relevant field, obtained within the past five years, with a strong background and/or interest in health information technologies (HITs).
Applications: A covering letter and curriculum vitae, including all research outputs and experience should be sent to Prof Dalenca Pottas in electronic format at e-mail: dalenca[at]nmmu.ac.za.
Posting information courtesy of Prof. Graham Wright, Research Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Walter Sisulu University, Mthatha, South Africa.
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