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2-day workshop teaches health care informatics

A two-day practical workshop on how informatics can be applied to practice and research will be March 28-29 in the Winship Ballroom of Dobbs University Center.

The Clinical Informatics Academy will teach the fundamentals of clinical informatics and how its application can advance quality patient care. It is targeted to physicians, nurses, clinical researchers, fellows, senior administrators and the clinical community of Emory, the Veterans Administration, Morehouse School of Medicine and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

"Clinical and translational informatics deals with strategies to mine health care data from the scale of an individual patient to population wide," says Ashish Sharma, assistant professor of biomedical informatics in the School of Medicine.

"It opens the doors for clinicians and providers to develop novel personalized treatment strategies and improve overall processes. The Informatics Academy is an introduction to this new and exciting field that is specifically targeted to people in health care. It is the first step toward big data analytics in health care," Sharma adds.

The academy, in its second year, is presented by Emory's Center for Comprehensive Informatics and Department of Biomedical Informatics.

Interactive discussions, real world examples and a panel discussion will demonstrate how the effective use of informatics can address challenges.

Clinical informatics topics will include:

• computing basics

• system architecture

• interoperability and standards

• security

• data warehousing

• image archiving, and

• decision support.

Register by March 23. Registration fee is $50. Contact Paige Dunham or call 404-712-0200 for additional information.

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