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Title: Distributed Medical Informatics Education Using Internet2


1
Distributed Medical Informatics Education Using
Internet2
  • William Hersh, M.D.
  • Associate Professor and Chief
  • Division of Medical Informatics Outcomes
    Research
  • Oregon Health Sciences University
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • hersh_at_ohsu.edu

2
Acknowledgements
  • Collaborators
  • Oregon Health Sciences University
  • Patricia Tidmarsh, J.D.
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Charles Friedman, Ph.D.
  • Joseph Cummings
  • Funder
  • National Library of Medicine (NLM) Contract
    467-MZ-001707

3
Overview
  • Background
  • Rationale
  • Current efforts
  • Future Plans

4
Medical Informatics
  • The field concerned with the storage,
    acquisition, and use of information in health
    care
  • A relatively new, multidisciplinary field without
    a defined skill set, educational pathway, job
    description, etc.

5
Academic medical informatics
  • A growing number of M.S., Ph.D., and postdoc
    fellowship programs
  • Twelve programs funded by NLM
  • Another dozen or so programs
  • Academic programs focus on research but most
    graduates assume non-research positions

6
A problem with medical informatics education
  • From Corn M, MD Computing, 1999, 16(2) 25-27
  • Of 12 core topic areas, no program has coursework
    in more than eight
  • Programs tend to reflect the interests of their
    faculty
  • This could be detrimental to students having
    different interests or wanting a broader education

7
Technology may help
  • Low end distance learning
  • OHSU Graduate Certificate Program has over 80
    enrollees who take courses featuring
  • Streaming audio Powerpoint lectures
  • Threaded discussion boards
  • Other usual activities term paper, final, etc.
  • Mostly mid-career professionals, demonstrates
    interest in medical informatics education from
    diverse audiences

8
Technology (cont.)
  • High end distance learning
  • Internet2-based collaboration between OHSU and
    University of Pittsburgh

9
Aims of project
  • Develop coursework that takes advantage of
    expertise at specific sites as well as
    collaboration across sites
  • Provide access to such coursework and the faculty
    who teach it over Internet2 within the framework
    of the home institutions program infrastructure
  • Facilitate cross-institution student
    collaboration
  • Evaluate the techniques used and student outcomes

10
Rationale for collaboration
  • OHSU and Pitt are both Internet2 institutions
  • They have complimentary expertise, e.g.,
  • Pitt strength in electronic medical records and
    evaluation of systems
  • OHSU strength in information retrieval and
    digital libraries
  • Both are devoted to educational innovation in
    medical informatics

11
Others are doing this too
  • Graduate seminar in communications
  • 42 students from Univ. of California Santa
    Barbara, Univ. of Southern California, Purdue
    Univ., and Univ. of Illinois
  • Using Internet2-based videoconferencing, students
    and professors interacted in real time
  • www.spcomm.uiuc.edu/contractor/429_files/
    frame.htm

12
Efforts so far
  • Transmission of
  • Research conferences from OHSU
  • Research-in-progress meetings from Pitt
  • Only minor problems encountered so far
  • Sound difficulties related to microphone
    placement
  • Latency of image when Powerpoint slides transmit
  • Once a dropped connection forcing reconnection

13
Future efforts planned
  • OHSU MINF 514, Information Retrieval Digital
    Libraries (Hersh)
  • Covers major issues in indexing, retrieval,
    evaluation, and digital libraries
  • Offered in OHSU spring quarter - early April to
    mid June
  • Meets three hours per week from 1-4 pm Pacific
    time
  • Sessions will be broadcast over Internet2 link to
    Pitt
  • Course will be taken by students in Pitt
    informatics and library/information science
    programs

14
Future efforts (cont.)
  • Issues to overcome
  • Non-overlap of academic schedules
  • Pitt is on semester system, with spring semester
    ending in early May
  • Course time less than ideal
  • Pitt students in class from 4-7 pm
  • How to issue credit
  • Initially will be offered as seminar course at
    Pitt

15
Future efforts (cont.)
  • Trivia Bowl
  • Traveling trophy to be awarded (virtual?)
  • Three students from each site answer trivia
    questions developed by faculty
  • Other faculty and student interactions
  • Two faculty teach innovative courses on
    organizational behavior issues
  • Hope to encourage student collaboration on
    projects

16
Technology used
Internet2
  • Polycom Viewstations
  • IP-based
  • Transmission over Internet2
  • Other cameras, microphones, PCs

17
OHSU Theater receiving transmission from Pitt
18
Future directions
  • We can improve technology technical challenges
    include
  • Explore higher-quality videoconferencing
  • Investigate additional learning modalities
  • Real challenges are
  • Determining whether and how much to integrate
    academic programs
  • Foster community of faculty and students
  • How to sustain efforts after initial funding ends
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