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Research Fellow / Senior Research Fellow (Health Economics) Vacancy: UNSW, Australia

The Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research (CHSSR), Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI), in the Faculty of Medicine at University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia invites applications for the position of Senior Research Fellow/Research Fellow in Health Economics.

Position applications will close on 8th February 2013. Full information is at http://www.hr.unsw.edu.au/services/recruitment/jobs/07121204.html and anyone seeking further information about the position should contact Professor Johanna Westbrook, via Ph:(61 2) 9385 3856 or email: j.westbrook[at]unsw.edu.au

The CHSSR wishes to appoint a highly motivated and experienced researcher to work on a number of applied health economic evaluation studies, using a variety of methodological approaches, focused on the impact of health information technologies on health care delivery, outcomes and safety. The successful applicant will spend 50% of their time working on a large four year Australian Research Council Linkage project to examine the impact of an integrated service model for aged and community care. The remainder will be spent developing a new research stream within the Centre focused on the health economics of health information technologies.

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December 11, 2012 Posted by | Australia, vacancy | , | Leave a comment

University of Buffalo Seeking Chair, Department of Biomedical Informatics

The School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (SMBS) at The State University of New York at Buffalo (University at Buffalo; UB), invites nominations and applications for the position of Professor and founding Chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics.

Full information is at http://medicine.buffalo.edu/about/employment/biomedical-informatics-chair.html

AMIA2012 attendees can also talk with UB staff on the booth in the exhibition hall.

Applications should be addressed to Dr. John E. Tomaszewski MD, Chair, Biomedical Informatics Search Committee, c/o Deborah Kelsch and submitted via UB Jobs (posting 1200637). Nominations or inquiries may be sent to dlkelsch[at]buffalo.edu. The position will be open until filled.

November 5, 2012 Posted by | conference, USA, vacancy | , , , | Leave a comment

ACI eJournal: 2012 Volume 3 (3): Update on New Articles

Volume 3(3) of the eJournal ACI – Applied Clinical Informatics – an official eJournal of IMIA and AMDIS – continues with FOUR new items, bringing the current total to TEN items – see http://aci.schattauer.de/en/contents/current-issue.html

In addition, the ACI News items are updated every Wednesday. All articles from Volume 0 (2009) and Volume 1(1) (2010), and some from other issues, are available as free downloads.

ACI makes active use of social media tools and can be found at: facebook.com/ACIJournal, twitter.com/ACI_Journal and facebook.com/Schattauer_Publisher_Scientific_Journals

Volume 3(3) – four new articles:

7. Usability of Selected Databases for Low-Resource Clinical Decision Support
Research Article
L. Sheets (1, 2), F. Callaghan (2), A. Gavino (2), F. Liu (2), P. Fontelo (2)
(1) University of Missouri Informatics Institute; (2) National Library of Medicine
ACI 2012 3 3: 326-333
dx.doi.org/10.4338/ACI-2012-06-RA-0024

8. Measuring the Impact of Health Information Technology
Letter to the Editor
D. Hanauer (1), K. Zheng (2, 3)
(1) Department of Pediatrics, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI; (2) School of Information, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; (3) School of Public Health Department of Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
ACI 2012 3 3: 334-336
dx.doi.org/10.4338/ACI-2012-06-LE-0025

9. Initial implementation and evaluation of a Hepatitis C treatment clinical decision support system (CDSS): A nurse practitioner-driven quality improvement initiative
Case Report
L. Fathauer (1), J. Meek (2)
(1) Southeastern Indiana Gastroenterology; (2) Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
ACI 2012 3 3: 337-348
dx.doi.org/10.4338/ACI-2012-04-RA-0012

10. Case Report Medical Eponyms: An Applied Clinical Informatics Opportunity
Case Report
L. N. Guptha Munugoor Baskaran (1, 2, 3), P. J. Greco (1, 2, 3), D. C. Kaelber (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
(1) Departments of Information Systems; (2) Internal Medicine; (3) Center for Clinical Informatics Research and Education; The MetroHealth System and School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland OH; (4) Pediatrics; (5) Epidemiology, and Biostatistics
ACI 2012 3 3: 349-355
dx.doi.org/10.4338/ACI-2012-05-CR-0019

For further information on this peer-reviewed eJournal, go to www.aci-journal.org

Further materials of interest from the same publishers are to be found in the journal Methods of Information on Medicine and in the IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics.

If you have any questions or feedback do not hesitate to contact Schattauer by sending an e-mail to claudia.boehm[at]schattauer.de

October 2, 2012 Posted by | clinical informatics, IMIA, journals, research | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Vacancy: Clinical/Non-Clinical Senior Lecturer in Health Informatics, University of Manchester, UK

The University of Manchester in the UK have pleasure in confirming the following position is now live for applicants: M&HS-01371/Clinical Senior Lecturer in Health Informatics [Clinical Senior Lecturer in Health Informatics]. The vacancy will close on 22 October, 2012, and all applications should be made as per the information and process given on the university website at https://www.jobs.manchester.ac.uk/DisplayJob.aspx?pageno=0&htmlpage=JobDisplay&Jobid=19460  See also downloadable description.

The Centre for Health Informatics has a position available for either a Clinical or non-Clinical Senior Lecturer in Health Informatics.  The post holder would be expected to deliver high quality Health Informatics research and research-led education. The vacancy is in the Faculty of Medical & Human Sciences, Institute of Population/Health Sciences.

The successful candidate will lead and contribute to several established programmes of research within the Centre and provide input to both its teaching and strategic direction.  There will be a requirement to attract significant research income, to produce high quality, high impact outputs and to develop the profile of the Centre on a global scale.

All enquiries should be directed to the university, not to IMIA, via Amanda Lamb (email: Amanda.Lamb[at]manchester.ac.uk).

September 10, 2012 Posted by | education, research, UK, vacancy | , , | Leave a comment

EFMI STC 2013 – Prague, Czech Republic, April 17-19 2013

The Czech Society of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Informatics and the European Federation of Medical Informatics (EFMI) are pleased to invite you to participate at the next EFMI Special Topic Conference (STC) “Data and Knowledge for Medical Decision Support”. It will be held in Prague, Czech Republic, on April 17 – 19, 2013. The EFMI STC 2013 is continuing the series of successful EFMI STC conferences. It is one of the most important European events in the domains of biomedicine including health care and informatics covering information science and technology.

Prof. Jana Zvárová, Chair of the Local Organizing Committee, and Prof. Arie Hasman, Chair of the Scientfic Program Committee, write that:

Complete information about the various types of contributions is available in the “Call for contributions” – see http://stc2013.org/conference/submisions and authors should not important submission dates:  http://stc2013.org/conference/important-dates  Full papers, posters and short communications are welcomed. All submissions will be reviewed by domain experts.

Full papers have to be submitted before October 15, 2012; posters and short communications before November 15th, 2012. All accepted submissions will be available in the conference CD-ROM and EFMI website. Scientific contributions meeting the requirements will be published by IOS Press and indexed in Medline. Selected contributions of the conference will be published in a special issue of the European Journal of Biomedical Informatics, an official journal of the EFMI.

More information is available at the website: http://www.stc2013.org

There is also a downloadable promotional flyer (PDF, 720kb)

August 17, 2012 Posted by | conference, EFMI, Europe | , , , , | Leave a comment

ACI eJournal: 2012 Volume 3 (3): New Articles

Volume 3(3) of the eJournal ACI – Applied Clinical Informatics – an official eJournal of IMIA and AMDIS – continues with FOUR new articles – see http://aci.schattauer.de/en/contents/current-issue.html

In addition, the ACI News items are updated every Wednesday. All articles from Volume 0 (2009) and Volume 1(1) (2010), and some from other issues, are available as free downloads.

ACI makes active use of social media tools and can be found at: facebook.com/ACIJournal, twitter.com/ACI_Journal and facebook.com/Schattauer_Publisher_Scientific_Journals

Volume 3(3) – four new articles:

Improving Access to Longitudinal Patient Health Information within an Emergency Department
Research Article
A. B. Wilcox (1), S. Shen (2, 3), D. A. Dorr (4), G. Hripcsak (1), L. Heermann (2), S. P. Narus (2, 5)
(1) Department of Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University, New York, NY; (2) Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, UT; (3) Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT; (4) Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR; (5) Department of Biomedical Informatics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
ACI 2012 3 3: 290-300
dx.doi.org/10.4338/ACI-2011-03-RA-0019

Impact of implementing an EMR on physical exam documentation by ambulance personnel
Research Article
R. Katzer (1, 2), D. J. Barton (3), S. Adelman (3), S. Clark (3), E. L. Seaman (3), K. B. Hudson (1)
(1) Georgetown University Hospital, Department of Emergency Medicine; (2) University of California, Irvine Department of Emergency Medicine; (3) Georgetown Emergency Response Medical Service
ACI 2012 3 3: 301-308
dx.doi.org/10.4338/ACI-2012-03-RA-0008

Understanding Why Clinicians Answer or Ignore Clinical Decision Support Prompts
Research Article
A. E. Carroll (1, 2), V. Anand (1, 2), S. M. Downs (1, 2)
(1) Children’s Health Services Research, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN; (2) The Regenstrief Institute for Health Care, Indianapolis, IN
ACI 2012 3 3: 309-317
dx.doi.org/10.4338/ACI-2012-04-RA-0013

An integrated EHR at Northern California Kaiser Permanente Pitfalls, challenges, and benefits experienced in transitioning
Case Report
Special Edition Changing IT Systems
S. Bornstein (1)
(1) Physician Lead 2003–2012, Northern California Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect Electronic Health Record
ACI 2012 3 3: 318-325
dx.doi.org/10.4338/ACI-2012-03-RA-0006

For further information on this peer-reviewed eJournal, go to www.aci-journal.org

Further materials of interest from the same publishers are to be found in the journal Methods of Information on Medicine and in the IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics.

If you have any questions or feedback do not hesitate to contact Schattauer by sending an e-mail to claudia.boehm[at]schattauer.de

August 9, 2012 Posted by | clinical informatics, IMIA, journals, research | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

ACI eJournal: 2012 Volume 3 (3) Starts, Completion of 2012 Volume 3 (2)

Volume 3(3) of the eJournal ACI – Applied Clinical Informatics – an official eJournal of IMIA and AMDIS – has now started with TWO new articles – see http://aci.schattauer.de/en/contents/current-issue.html

New articles completing Volume 3 (2) are available, bringing the total to NINE articles (including one case report as free download).

In addition, the ACI News items are updated every Wednesday. All articles from Volume 0 (2009) and Volume 1(1) (2010), and some from other issues, are available as free downloads.

ACI makes active use of social media tools and can be found at: facebook.com/ACIJournal, twitter.com/ACI_Journal and facebook.com/Schattauer_Publisher_Scientific_Journals

Volume 3(3) – first two articles:

Dealing with the Archetypes Development Process for a Regional EHR System
Research Article
M. R. Santos (1), M. P. Bax (1), D. Kalra (2)
(1) Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil; (2) University College London, United Kindow.
ACI 2012 3 3: 258-275
dx.doi.org/10.4338/ACI-2011-12-RA-0074

Multilingual Medical Data Models in ODM Format
A Novel Form-based Approach to Semantic Interoperability between Routine Healthcare and Clinical Research
B. Breil (1), J. Kenneweg (1), F. Fritz (1), P. Bruland (1), D. Doods (1), B. Trinczek (1), M. Dugas (1)
(1) Institute of Medical Informatics, University of Münster, Germany
ACI 2012 3 3: 276-289
dx.doi.org/10.4338/ACI-2012-03-RA-0011

Volume 3 (2) – four articles completing the volume:

Measurement Error in Performance Studies of Health Information Technology: Lessons from the Management Literature
Review
A. S. Litwin (1), A. C. Avgar (2), P. J. Pronovost (3)
(1) Carey Business School and School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD; (2) School of Labor & Employment Relations and College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana-Champaign, IL; (3) School of Medicine, Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Carey Business School, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
ACI 2012 3 2: 210-220
dx.doi.org/10.4338/ACI-2012-02-R-0004
In this review, the authors identify likely reasons for measurement error in determining the effects of health information technology on performance in the clinic. Using lessons from management literature, the authors identify seven likely causes of the measurement errors and make recommendations for avoiding the errors in future studies.

Real-time pharmacy surveillance and clinical decision support to reduce adverse drug events in acute kidney injury
A randomized, controlled trial
Research Article
A. B. McCoy (1), Z. L. Cox (2, 3), E. B. Neal (2), L. R. Waitman (4), N. B. Peterson (5), G. Bhave (6), E. D. Siew (6), I. Danciu (1), J. B. Lewis (6), J. F. Peterson (1, 5, 7)
(1) Department of Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN; (2) Department of Pharmacy, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN; (3) College of Pharmacy, Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN; (4) Department of Biostatistics, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS; (5) Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health, Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN; (6) Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN; (7) Geriatric Research Education Clinical Center (GRECC), VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, Nashville, TN
ACI 2012 3 2: 221-238
dx.doi.org/10.4338/ACI-2012-03-RA-0009
In this randomized controlled trial, the authors sought to determine if active pharmacy surveillance improved adverse drug event frequencies over clinical decisions support systems among a population of kidney disease patients. Patients were randomly assigned to monitoring by a clinical pharmacist and CDS or standard CDS only arms. The findings suggest clinical pharmacist monitoring does not result in improved frequencies of adverse events related to medication.

The Effects of Health Information Technology Change Over Time: A Study of Tele-ICU Functions
Research Article
S. H. Anders (1), D. D. Woods (2), S. Schweikhart (3), P. Ebright (4), E. Patterson (5)
(1) Center for Research & Innovation in Systems Safety, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), Nashville, TN; (2) Integrated Systems Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; (3) College of Public Health, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; (4) Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis, IN; (5) Division of Health Information Management and Systems, School of Allied Medical Professions, College of Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
ACI 2012 3 2: 239-247
dx.doi.org/10.4338/ACI-2011-12-RA-0073
Tele-ICU nursing has been associated with reduced patient mortality and improved quality of care. In this project, the authors sought to examine the effects of a tele-ICU system on hospital practices, as well as to determine changes in tele-ICU use over time. Their findings suggest that tele-ICUs increased support for patients, improved adherence to best practices, but decreased real-time support for the ICU nurses.

Classifying Health Information Technology patient safety related incidents – an approach used in Wales
Research Article
D. Warm (1), P. Edwards (1)
(1) Nursing and Social Care Information Directorate, NHS Wales Informatics Service, Pencoed, Wales
ACI 2012 3 2: 248-257
dx.doi.org/10.4338/ACI-2012-03-RA-0010
In this article, the authors describe and test a framework for categorizing HIT incidents as part of a patient safety incident reporting system and examine the implications for healthcare. Using the specific case of incidents in Wales, the authors determine that their preliminary framework needs expanding. They also argue that the incidents reported highlight clinical care implications of the use of mobile technology.

For further information on this peer-reviewed eJournal, go to www.aci-journal.org

Further materials of interest from the same publishers are to be found in the journal Methods of Information on Medicine and in the IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics.

If you have any questions or feedback do not hesitate to contact Schattauer by sending an e-mail to claudia.boehm[at]schattauer.de

July 12, 2012 Posted by | clinical informatics, IMIA, journals, research | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

ACI eJournal: 2012 Volume 3 (2) Continues, New Content

Volume 3(2) of the eJournal ACI – Applied Clinical Informatics – an official eJournal of IMIA and AMDIS – has now started – see http://aci.schattauer.de/en/contents/current-issue.html

UPDATE of 21 June: SEVEN new articles are available (including one case report as free download). The first two articles are referenced in an earlier post at http://wp.me/pvCUS-1c7

In addition, the ACI News items are updated every Wednesday. All articles from Volume 0 (2009) and Volume 1(1) (2010), and some from other issues, are available as free downloads.

ACI makes active use of social media tools and can be found at: facebook.com/ACIJournal, twitter.com/ACI_Journal and facebook.com/Schattauer_Publisher_Scientific_Journals

Rapid Implementation of Inpatient Electronic Physician Documentation at an Academic Hospital
Case Report
J. S. Hahn (1, 2, 3), J. A. Bernstein (3), R. B. McKenzie (3), B. J. King (1), C. A. Longhurst (1, 3)
(1) Information Services, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Palo Alto, CA, USA; (2) Department of Neurology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA; (3) Department of Pediatrics, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA
ACI 2012 3 2: 175-185
dx.doi.org/10.4338/ACI-2012-02-CR-0003
[Free download]

Associations between the concurrent use of clinical decision support and computerized provider order entry and the rates of appropriate prescribing at discharge
Research article
M. E. Patterson (1), P. A. Marken (1), S. D. Simon (2), J. L. Hackman (3), R. S Schaefer (4)
(1) Division of Pharmacy Practice and Administration, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy, Kansas City, Missouri 64108; (2) Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics, University of Missouri-Kansas City-School of Medicine, Kansas City, Missouri 64108; (3) University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine / Truman Medical Center; (4) Kansas City Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, Kansas City, MO 64128
ACI 2012 3 2: 186-196
dx.doi.org/10.4338/ACI-2011-11-RA-0068

Health Information Exchange and Ambulatory Quality of Care
Research article
L. M. Kern (1, 2, 3), Y. Barrón (1, 3), R. V. Dhopeshwarkar (3, 4), R. Kaushal (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
(1) Department of Public Health, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY.; (2) Department of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY.; (3) Health Information Technology Evaluation Collaborative, New York, NY.; (4) Department of Pediatrics, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY.; (5) New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY.
ACI 2012 3 2: 197-209
dx.doi.org/10.4338/ACI-2012-02-RA-0005

For further information on this peer-reviewed eJournal, go to www.aci-journal.org

Further materials of interest from the same publishers are to be found in the journal Methods of Information on Medicine and in the IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics.

If you have any questions or feedback do not hesitate to contact Schattauer by sending an e-mail to claudia.boehm[at]schattauer.de

May 31, 2012 Posted by | clinical informatics, IMIA, journals, research | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Health Informatics, South Africa

The Institute for ICT Advancement, School of ICT, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa is seeking suitable candidates for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Health Informatics.

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.

February 17, 2012 Posted by | Africa, education, research, vacancy | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Call for Papers – “Health Information Technology (HIT) in the International Context” in “Advances in Health Care Management”

A Call for Papers has been launched on “Health Information Technology (HIT) in the International Context” in an upcoming volume of Advances in Health Care Management. AHCM is a bi-annual research series publishing high quality peer-reviewed manuscripts by Emerald Publishing Group.

The call (full announcement PDF available) seeks papers that facilitate the exchange of knowledge on a broad range of HIT topics pertaining to one or more international settings. Theoretical, empirical, and review articles are welcome on topics including but not limited to:

  • Challenges in planning, coordinating, and/or evaluating HIT deployments across national borders
  • Comparative studies of HIT trends in two or more nations
  • Impact assessments of HIT adoption in multi‐nation regions
  • The use of HIT for multi‐national public health purposes (e.g., syndromic surveillance)
  • Best practices in HIT from different areas of the world
  • A review of any aspect of the HIT literature that examines potential differences in findings across nations or regions of the world
  • Technological, sociological, or regulatory barriers to the facilitation of health information exchange across national borders
  • Ways in which electronic health records are used by providers to coordinate care
  • Ways in which electronic or personal health records are used by patients to self‐manage care
  • Ways in which payers identify and promote best practices associated with using HIT

The deadline for manuscript submission is November 1, 2011; interested authors are asked to submit a 1-page précis (e.g., outline or summary) of their paper by October 1, 2011.

Guest co-editors of the volume are Nir Menachemi, PhD and Sanjay Singh, PhD; Series Editors are Grant Savage, PhD and Leonard Friedman, PhD. Materials should be submitted to nmenachemi@uab.edu

July 1, 2011 Posted by | journals, research | , , , | Leave a comment