Teaching health informatics #HI201 (again)!

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This is only the third semester that I will be teaching HI 201 for the MS Health Informatics program in the UP College of Medicine. I’ve added new topics such as global health, enterprise architecture and gamification. The old topic list is here. I haven’t changed my teaching strategy though – check out my 2012 lesson plan on edublogs.org. I have abandoned edublogs though and asked my students to host their blogs wherever they wanted this year. I had proposed then that the course will use project-based learning, which Wikipedia defines as,

“use of in-depth and rigorous classroom projects to facilitate learning and assess student competence (not to be confused with problem-based learning).”

Each week starts off with a driving question which gets answered by an assignment or “project.” According to leadingpbl.org -

A Driving Question is one that focuses all other questions towards a solution or product. This question is complex, requires multiple activities and the synthesis of information from numerous sources. Driving Questions serve to organize and drive activities; and these activities result in a series of artifacts, or products, that culminate in a final product that addresses the original question.

In this class, students blog about their assignments as a form of learning portfolio. A few already had blogs but there were also those who were forced :) to blog for the first time. Blog posts are to be announced at the Philippine Medical Informatics Society Facebook page (tagged #HI201) and on Twitter (#MSHI) so the students can engage in meaningful discussion with others about their work. To gently start my students on blogging, I asked them to post what they wanted to learn from this class. Here’s what some of them said -

I think HI 201 will be the gateway of the direction of information I will learn and can learn. It will give me an overview of exactly where informatics play a role in the health care system and delivery. In the process, I think I will learn to appreciate data more, make sense of data more, program electronic medical records to be useful, create a website, a blog site, and education site, among others. In the end, it will be fun to learn something new again.

- www.kidseyes88.wordpress.com

Having little to no understanding of the Healthcare IT industry, I would like to grasp some insights of the current status of Healthcare IT in the Philippines and how far advanced has it become compared to other countries, and I think HI201 (Health Informatics) would be an introductory course that would fill in my queries.

- www.burrheber.wordpress.com

Here are my main learning objectives for HI 201, to be able to do the following: 1. discuss health informatics in general and in the Philippine context, 2. analyze the significance as well as barriers and limitations of health informatics in various domains and disciplines, particularly in the Philippines, and 3. practice the application of health informatics concepts and principles.

- www.marthaumali.wordpress.com

As an administrator of a small private secondary level hospital, I see HS 201 as my entry point to learn the fundamentals of Health Informatics. Eventually, I would like to learn to set up a hospital information system which fulfills our needs.

- www.jdonsoriano.wordpress.com

As a novice in the field of Medical Informatics, I’d like to learn more about how data through context can be turned to information. How information with semantics can become knowledge and perhaps serve as a world model though ontology.

- http://grz23.tumblr.com

As a novice of the program, I am deeply interested in learning the needed IT tools that may aid healthcare professionals identify and manage predicaments hindering efficiency of healthcare delivery. As a community oriented worker, I would also like to learn how to further strengthen the foundations of the national healthcare system (primary healthcare workers) by alleviating or at least decreasing their hurdles by means of ICT solutions.In line with this, I would also like to learn how to increase their capacity for technology adoption, one of the main reasons of sustainability failures.

- www.theironhive.blogspot.com


#HealthXPH: The Doctor Will Track You Now

As an internist and endocrinologist, I often advise my patients at the clinic to lead more active lifestyles. And every time I ask a patient if she exercises, the most common answer is, “I walk.” I often get asked how long should I walk? How brisk is brisk? Do I really need to do ten thousand steps? I realized I didn’t actually “know” what ten thousand steps meant. I once wore a pedometer and walked around the UP academic oval to find out.  Ten thousand steps meant circling the oval FOUR times!


Last year, I began wearing a Fitbit to track my daily steps and for a while I also logged my calories on MyFitnessPal. I wanted to try it out first before recommending it to others. On most days, I walk a measly 5,000 steps or less. One day I was out shopping though and managed to log around 15,000 steps! As I tracked my food intake, I began to appreciate that what I thought were small portions I was having here and there translated to calories I didn’t need. I tried logging my water intake and realized I wasn’t drinking enough. Now I knew, but what next? In the Wall Street Journal, Dwoskin & Walker ask – “Can Data From Your Fitbit Transform Medicine?”

And then I wondered if money were not an obstacle, would patients be willing to wear a tracking device like a pedometer if I asked them to do so? More importantly, would I be willing to look over these tracking data during a consult? Recently, concerns have been raised about privacy as data from activity or sleep trackers often sync to online platforms. In the Washington Post, Andrea Peterson writes “Privacy advocates warn of ‘nightmare’ scenario as tech giants consider fitness tracking.

This Saturday, 9 Aug 9 pm Manila time let’s talk about fitness tracking at #HealthXPH!

T1 If you could, would you wear a fitness tracker? Why or why not?

T2 Are you willing to share data from your fitness tracker with your healthcare provider? Why or why not?

T3 As a healthcare provider, are you willing to go over fitness tracker data with your patients?






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MSHI HI 201 Student Blogs

Mon, Aug 18, 2014
Dr. Peter San Diego
Mon, Aug 18, 2014
Tammy Montales
Fri, Aug 22, 2014
Dr. Lyndon Bathan
Wed, Aug 27, 2014
Evangeline Gue
Fri, Aug 29, 2014
Jonathan Fabia
Sat, Aug 30, 2014
Wendi Joyce Subido
Sun, Aug 31, 2014
Burr Heber
Mon, Sep 01, 2014
Paolo Sicat
Mon, Sep 01, 2014
Dr. Dodjie Soriano
Tue, Sep 02, 2014
Grace Villareal