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hello welcome to the University of New England online health informatics webinar my name is megan landry and i'm the program manager for the Alpha chromatics program here at uni before we dive into today's webinar I just wanted to take a little bit and talk about my background I am trained as a nurse working an emergency and critical care for the past 20 or so years and in my time in the emergency department I really kind of got that bug for working in the field of health informatics where I really saw technology making a difference was that the day we had these paper charts and everybody needed the information and you offered and have at the same time so I really saw the impact of having health health records in the emergency department to improve the flow for patients to the system the other very important lesson that I learned and all of that is importance of implementing systems that are well designed and thought out in technology absolutely improve health care if it's done correctly but if it is not done correctly technology absolutely hinder hurt cause damage and I think that's what I'm most passionate about this making sure that we're always being safe around our practice of Technology and out here after my time working in the emergency department I moved on to be a clinical analyst and also with clinical informatics manager overseeing some good-sized implementation span of our child care system here and me and have also been involved in educational programs and teaching as an address some of my personal areas of passion are consumer and mobile informatics the use of information exchanges especially around patient quality improvement patient safety on there is strong patient safety advocate so people know the number one question we get here is exactly what does help it for Maddox and honestly there's a lot of definitions and there is a lot of people that work in the field that will have an answer for the question but I think probably the best way to describe it is health informatics connects people technology and data to better improve healthcare outcomes and safety by supporting operational innovation technology advancement smoothly so really it's just the transaction between healthcare and technology whether you're talking about tools for data those are kind of the biggest things pieces of technology the electronic health records for the data that is put in and taking out of those systems some of the ways that technology and data are being utilized are the list is really kind of goes on and on and on but some of these are kind of the top top to my mind electronic health records so the systems that are used in healthcare organizations and physician practices where you're capturing all that information they're called electronic health or medical records those feet up to huge large databases another thing is is telehealth telehealth is very huge now especially in rural environments where folks can see a physician in for a specialty area long before they could if they had to drag their daddy analytics is another area so data analytics is is you put the data into let's say for example the electronic health record there's this data in that system now and then we pull it out and analyze it of course we pull it out without patient identifiers so it's all blinded to any private information but those analytics can then be analyzed and we learn from that examples of some of the things you can learn is you know how many by County pregnant teenage smokers are there in an area so that we can focus our work to improve those those areas where we have challenges and barriers you can you can send out extra public health nurses to those areas to improve the areas where there's challenges and not not spending that time money and energy in areas where that isn't a challenge I me there's a difference I'm another place where this is all being utilized instilling insurance and me in person there's a big movement in the industry now around data and you know analyzing what procedures are really making a benefit for patients so analyzing billing the insurance reimbursement and what's effective why are there wires it costs six different things in six different hospitals in one city it kind of certainty look at those things now data mobile apps work em health this is huge right now the evolution of handheld devices folks lots of people have access some people it's their only access to the internet and people are using those apps to manage their health care so there's a lot of me for app development for people to do it well be thoughtful about it to make those designs really need the needs of using them and also the health care providers turns the cost analysis kind of goes back to the data analytics what's working what isn't and how can we best use our resources to make an impact and improving the quality of healthcare electronic health information exchanges are our exchanges where data is pulled from different systems different electronic health record systems so that basically it's a stop gap between them you know one hospital and a physician practice that their systems don't talk to one another those exchanges can help fill that gap those are just a few of the examples of technology and data being used in health care the cut list goes on and on there's a kind of the top ones who benefits from health IT and I think everybody does I think we are all as human being to be all consumers of health care that can mean lots of different things to lots of different people but i think we all benefit from hospitals patient's primary care practices health care systems and communities as a whole really benefit from using technology to make us more efficient cost-effective have better quality outcomes for patients whether must look a little bit about telehealth but just to kind of dig a little bit deeper this is an area that's really expanding in the field a lot of autumn or insurance companies are being versing for these for these type of visits so here's a couple examples we're based here to me so I always tend to use the main examples but main being a seacoast state we have a lot of islands and in the state business and work done along grants and getting technology to the islands so that groups that are on done all year and they can get to the mainland but it's it's not easy provides them another way to get health care through these telehealth visits whether it's their primary care physician or another use that I've seen a lot of effectiveness out of business of health visits so folks dealing with two health diagnosis they can see if you do or one hour telehealth visit with them it's a health provider and have it not be so arduous for them to have to take a boat packing for another example and Dorota to look at the links our founders are able to stay home longer using some telehealth devices where they're able to interact with nurses that beach up to them in their homes especially those that live in rural areas so again simple I've exciting things happening in the telehealth grown lots of states are using them like there's a neurological telehealth initiative in the state of Maine where all the small hospitals that don't have neurosurgeons can dial in to some of our bigger trauma centers in the big cities of the state and they can get an immediate neurosurgeon consult let's say for somebody having a stroke so noticing a lot of efficacy there as well you here's a few more examples of some of the types of work that folks do in this field you know clinical analyst might work as a liaison between physicians and nurses let's say is an even interval and systems that are developed whether their electronic health record systems or monitoring systems you know they help make those tools work safely effectively efficiently to patients in that the care providers another area that some people go to is to working for the vendor companies so there's a lot of big vendor companies that develop these electronic health records or cali health systems or exchange systems and they need folks that have a background in firm attics so nice rounded knowledge of IT clinical background healthcare quality project manager background they really do well in these organizations and another example is those folks that work with healthcare data to extract clients manipulate that data so that it can be presented in a meaningful way that makes sense folks that aren't used to looking at a lot of hard to read graphs and charts this funny in this job kind of the number one question I get asked is those that aren't in the industry but are really thinking about coming into the field is you know when I get a job and I chuckle every time because the jobs are there are so many jobs the trouble is is not like going to nursing school you graduate as a nurse and you work find a job as a nurse and you've searched the jobs and saying nurses the jobs have titles that are there's so many titles is not even funny the definitely help informatics is growing 10 times faster than over that healthcare / offshore health IT related jobs postings between 2007 and 2011 was you know 434 thousand jobs and these these titles are things like clinical analysts clinic clinical match specialists those are kind of the flavors of things that you see the rate in which occupations occupations are growing year over year is plenty to percent and largest share of health care jobs so again there there are plenty of jobs it's just that it doesn't always tie up into a nice neat package to type into a search engine if we talk a little bit deeper about potential career areas this many subsets parts of those nursing informatics there's examples of some of the salaries and i would say that those certainly line up with my experience of jobs this jobs in the world of cyber security which is again another hot hot topic everybody wants their healthcare to be secure and so we need folks to do that consultants in this area certainly make good money as well directors so so those are again some more examples of jobs you would see so now that we've talked about the field of informatics a little bit of switch gears and talk a little bit about what we have to offer here at the University of New England here at the at the online school we have two programs the master of science and health of the max which is a 36 credit our master's degree and also a certificate which is 18 credit hour program our mission is to prepare future leaders in health informatics to leverage technology tools to improve health and healthcare outcomes through the execution of data-driven management techniques and strategies to adapt to rapidly changing landscapes and to provide leadership and innovation to the healthy programs profession here's a list of some of the courses that we offer it's not an exhaustive list by any means but just highlight some of the the things you would see in the program we start with a course on health care and public health landscape really analyzing one thought what our current healthcare landscape is now which is very different than it was two three four five years ago do computer science class we talked about databases project management and talk about the analysis and visualization of that dad talked about organizational behavior huge management skills not on this list but I always like to put it out as we have a course on healthcare quality because I think that's a paramount that we make sure that we are aligning ourselves with the latest in healthcare quality standards and then the end of the program of students have a six credit masters projects / capstone program that they will work through so that they can do some hands-on market in an area they're interested in a few of the program highlights if you like to point out is our program is a hundred percent online there's no need for campus visits to apply you do not need to take a GRE you're able to finish the master's degree in two years we have our faculty are are all currently working in the field so they really have a great sense of what the industry needs are what works what doesn't work and they can really give you a lot of real-life examples which our students really do enjoy we are originally credited by ask as well so to wrap up I just want to thank you for taking the time to listen to our webinar there's more information on the screen here if you want to get some more information our phone number for our global team is 85 5751 44 45 or you can reach us at informatics at you an edu and you're welcome to visit our web page as well it has a lot of information and like it says on the bottom if you mention this webinar and you want to apply we will waive the point so thanks again for taking the time to listen to us and feel free to reach out with any questions I hope to hear from you soon

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