Medical Informatics and Management
MITS offers this foundational class to introduce interested candidates the essential concepts and principles of healthcare information technology, with the addition of specific application to treatment departments. This course program focuses on decision theory and support, computerized medical records and interactive systems.
Candidates should have a working foundation on knowledge and experience of either diagnostic and/or medical research laboratories that allow them to grasp their learning to the practice of laboratory medicine. And also, a course in computer information systems is recommended.
This course introduces the participant to several key concepts of the management aspects of laboratory medicine and medical research, which includes the areas of change management, laboratory information systems, intellectual property, creative thinking, economics of the healthcare system and pathology services, automation, point of care testing (POCT), quality systems, accreditation of laboratory services and legal issues stirring the practice of medical scientists in laboratory medicine.
The medical informatics component of the course includes principles and practice of manipulating and digitizing data or information, especially done for the intention of image analysis and interpretation. The course evaluates the use and importance of information systems in the laboratory, as well as determines how expert systems can help in critical decision making processes. Understanding on the role of the Internet in healthcare management is also covered in this coursework.
At the end of the training program, participants are expected to demonstrate the following abilities:
- Gain insights on the changing environment of the healthcare system and its function of diagnostic services in contributing information that helps in the critical aspects of diagnosis, assessment, treatment and monitoring of disease
- Develop critical judgment of technological, sociological and political advancements in the coverage of diagnostic healthcare services
- Develop creative schemes in designing a solution to keep up with the transition of the laboratory and wider healthcare industry, especially as it impacts on an individual’s future career
- Become actively sensitive to the impact of laboratory medicine practices and techniques
- Become knowledgeable on the international aspects in which laboratory medicine is practiced
- Develop the needed skills required to manage and process information in a time and cost efficient manner
- Obtain the specific scientific and generic abilities that make an individual serviceable as a medical scientist, or to pursue another career path
- Develop the ability to become a potential leader in the field
Overview of Learning Activities
This course is designed to offer participants with comprehensive coverage of the various topic areas. MITS’ course program will thoroughly provide the nuclear details around which the topics will be covered. We deliver a student centered approach in this coursework to provide better guidance and more effective adoption to the information presented. This course is handled by our expert instructor, coupled with engaging texts, hands-on exercises and real work situations.
Overview of Learning Resources
In this coursework, learning resources include the use of recommended text books, lecture notes (as presented through PowerPoint presentations), handouts or references on selected topics.
- Overview on the principles and general operating requirements for the following techniques and procedures:
- Digital imaging and image evaluation;
- Laboratory Information Systems;
- Expert and knowledge based systems;
- Telemedicine and Telepathology;
- Laboratory automation and robotics;
- Point of care testing (POCT);
- Technological change management;
- Economics of Healthcare delivery;
- Technological change costing;
- Intellectual property and its protection;
- Quality systems
- Quality Control
- Quality Audit
- Total Quality Management;
- Laboratory Safety and Risk Assessment;
- Legal liability and responsibility in Laboratory Medicine
- Laboratory Accreditation and laboratory audits
- Business case development
- Project management
- Leadership and management
- Discuss the application of the techniques and procedures in a laboratory environment
- Discuss the impacts of such technologies on the succeeding practice of diagnostic pathology and medical research
- Discuss the role and responsibilities of Medical Scientists in the current and future practice of Laboratory Medicine – nationally and internationally