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NLM/AHRQ Medical Informatics and Health Services Research: Bridging the Gap., 1/6-7/00 Agenda/Slide Presentations

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) cosponsored a medical informatics and health services research training meeting Bridging the Gap at the NLM on January 6-7, 2000. Several of the slide presentations can be viewed by clicking on the author links below.

CONFERENCE AGENDA

Medical Informatics and Health Services Research: Bridging the Gap

January 6-7, 2000

Lister Hill Auditorium, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland

Background: There is significant overlap between training issues in health services research, informatics, and public health. These fields need individuals who are capable of working at the intersection of informatics, health services research and/or public health. Some existing educational programs involve significant useful interaction among informatics, health services research, and public health faculty, but such programs are not common. Closer collaboration among training programs is highly desirable as these fields need individuals who are capable of working at the intersection of informatics, health services research and/or public health.

Intended Audience: Program directors and educators involved in training masters, doctoral, or postdoctoral level researchers in medical informatics (exclusive of computational bioinformatics, (exclusive of computational bioinformatics) health services research, and public health research. The training programs targeted are those in academic or government settings with strong clinical or public health agency affiliations.

Goal of Meeting: To develop recommendations on how to a strategy for establishing core competencies among researchers who will be designing, evaluating, or using information systems for clinical, health services and public health research.

Products of Meeting: Several papers will be written for a possible Symposium issue in JAMIA.

  • Integration of HSR and informatics sections on clinical issues, health policy, development, community-level integration.
  • Training needs, avenues to bridging the gap, and proposed curriculum
  • Summary of existing training programs
  • Lessons learned from past successes and failures in informatics/HSR collaborations
  • X things health services researchers need to know about informatics and Y things informaticians need to know about health services research

January 6, 2000, 1:00 pm

Welcome
Donald A.B. Lindberg and John M. Eisenberg

Introduction/Purpose
Betsy L. Humphreys and Kenneth D. Mandl

  1. To define health services research
  2. To define medical informatics and distinguish it from bioinformatics and from computer science
  3. To place the need for the workshop in context and to provide brief historical overview of the development of the two fields

Background Presentations:

Training Synergy between Informatics and HSR: Successes and Challenges
Alan M. Garber, Edward H. Shortliffe
Purpose: To illustrate what success and challenge look like

X Things That Clinical, Health Services and Public Health Researchers Need To Know About Informatics
Stephen M. Downs
Purpose: To define discrete disciplines, areas and skill sets to be included in training programs.

Y Things That Informaticians Need To Know About HSR/Epidemiological/Clinical Research
Reed M. Gardner
Purpose: To define discrete disciplines, areas and skill sets to be included in training programs

Need For Dual Training at Clinical Level, Health Systems Level, Policy Level
Thomas Lee
Purpose: To discuss what kinds of research and researchers are needed at each of these levels?

Part 1 of Breakout Sessions 1--Brainstorming Purpose: To outline options for training

January 7, 2000 - 9:00 am

Formal Training
Christopher Cimino
Purpose: To provide an overview of existing training opportunities and current areas of overlap in training

Presentation/Discussion of Findings of Breakout Sessions 1

  • David Bates
  • Patricia Flatley Brennan
  • Francis Chesley
  • Alan Garber

Breakout Sessions 2--Recommendations for Training Purpose: To determine the priorities in training

Presentation/Discussion of Findings of Breakout Sessions 2

  • James J. Cimino
  • Joseph Hales
  • Karen Rudzinski
  • Gillian Sanders

Large Group Priority Setting Discussion
Milton Corn

Integration of findings from Breakout Groups 1 and 2 into draft set of recommendations.