دانشگاه علوم پزشکی ایران
Iran University of Medical Sciences

Health Informatics Research Group

 | Post date: 2017/11/4 | 
Preventive Medicine and Public Health Research Center
Health Informatics Research Group
 
 
Introduction:
 
Comprehensive healthcare services need appropriate data and one of the valuable resources of each organization is its information. Access and gathering valid data is the first step in analysis and health planning. Information is defined as gathering series of events in an organized way, which is more valuable than the original form. The following are features of valuable data:
 
Easily accessible for permitted individuals at appropriate time, place and format
Correct and comprehensive
Economical and cost-effective
Flexible
Relevant to decisions
To have reliable source of information and method of gathering
Safe
Simple
At appropriate time
Can be reevaluated in the future 
Health Informatics:
 
Informatics is the process of converting crude data to information, knowledge and wisdom. Health informatics improves quality and efficacy and creates new opportunities by means of gathering, saving and analysis of medical information, combining medical knowledge with engineering and making communication and informatics networks. Many different fields are involved in health informatics. Using computer and technology in medicine started in early 1950 and has been growing rapidly ever since. Health informatics and innovation in sharing data can be utilized in developing cooperation between public health managers, clinicians serving at health centers, experts in informatics and policy makers. Mobile Health or using portable electronic devices with healthcare software can be utilized for healthcare services and management of patient information.  Widespread usage of cell phones (about 5 billion users) is a great opportunity for using cell phones in health services including informing people of society and healthcare providers via sending text messages.
The following areas of electronic health have been mostly invested in and have been globally planned on:
Electronic Health Record (HER)
Tele-Health and Tele-Medicine
Education
Disease Surveillance Systems and Decision Support Systems (DSS)
Clinical Information System (CIS) and information transaction standards
RegistriesStakeholders of health informatics are patients, society, physicians, organizations as well as education and research centers.
 
Health Informatics Applications are:
Disease Management1.a. Chronic Diseases
1.b. Registries
Tele-Medicine
Tele-Health (e.g. Homecare)
Patient Safety (e.g. side effects)
Decision Support System (DSS)
Mobile Health 
One of the subcategories of health informatics is “Public Health Informatics” and this research group has focused their research activities on this field.
 
Public Health Informatics:
 
Includes optimization of information operation, systematic operation of information and computer sciences and technology for improving individual and community healthcare, public health activities, research and health policy. Using informatics in public health enables us to monitor and care effectively and to make better decisions. The end result is social health improvement. Furthermore, it helps for better collaboration between different fields of public health and will empower preventive and interventional actions.
 
Vision:
Health promotion by means of utilizing correct and timely data from public and community health informatics in every decision and health activities.
 
Mission:
Health Informatics research group of Iran University of Medical Sciences wants to achieve the following goals by means of relying on innovative, creative, expert and knowledgeable human resources and believing that future world is the world of information:
 
Creation and extending usage of public and community health informatics
Facilitating and increasing the usage of health data in health research
Collaboration with health sector in promotion and protection of health and disease prevention 
Through reliance on our previous function, we try to perform in a manner that facilitates health promotion in individual and social aspects as well as better decision and policy making in health administration.
 
Research Areas:
Needs assessment qualitative research projects
Websites for registry and information management as well as offering services
Online and offline services in health administration
Health modeling 
Strategies:
Promoting and protecting health and disease prevention
Collaborating with health sector and increasing usage of public and community health informatics
Creating a comprehensive disease registry system
Installing and promoting usage of Tele-Medicine and Tele-Health
Offering online and offline services for health administration
Facilitating and promoting usage of health data in health research 
Expected results from executing strategies:
Collaboration and agreement with areas outside academic institutes in conducting health informatics plans (at least one collaboration agreement)
Collaboration with different clinical groups in creating at least one disease registry website
Collaboration for installing at least one instance of Tele-Health
Collaboration in conducting at least one instance of Decision Support System 
Short-term Plans:
Collaboration in establishing disease registry
Organizing workshops for clinical academic members to become more familiar with public and community health informatics
Collaboration with clinical associates in health modeling
Collaboration with other national universities in administering health informatics plans 
Medium-term plans:
Holding short-term courses about public and community health informatics
Collaboration in offering online and offline services to patients
International collaboration in administering health informatics plans 
Long-term Plans:
Establishing fellowship and postgraduate programs in public and community health informatics
Collaboration in conducting qualitative research projects associated with health informatics at national and international levels

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