The Health Informatics Network (HIN), driven by ACCESS Health and InOrder, released a model curriculum on Health Informatics for academic institutions looking to train the next generation of health informatics professionals in the country.  Curated and put together by the HIN–an expert body convened by ACCESS Health International–the curriculum was unveiled on December 16, 2022, at the dissemination event organized in New Delhi’s Le Meridian.

With the rapid adoption of technology in healthcare, accelerated by the recent COVID-19 pandemic, there is now a greater need than ever for skilled healthcare professionals with expertise in technology. ACCESS Health International brought together industry and academic experts for multiple rounds of discussions to understand and address the skill gaps in this area. This was the start of the Health Informatics Network, which gathered the best experts from industry and academia.

After a successful round of discussions and gaining valuable feedback from members, it was determined that the development of a model Health Informatics curriculum would be extremely beneficial in assisting institutes in developing a customized curriculum that meets the learning needs of the specific domain of students.

ACCESS Health International then convened a series of consultations with experts from the medical, technical, management, and public health domains with a focus on developing the model curriculum. This exercise resulted in a model curriculum for Health Informatics that could be used by any type of academic institution in its current or future offerings.

The group reached an agreement on the model structure of the core and elective topics as part of the curriculum design after a thorough discussion of the course content, scope, and sample syllabus. Credit points and pedagogical methods were also discussed, and expert advice was taken.

The event was graced by the chief guest Dr K. Madan Gopal, Senior Consultant, NITI Aayog and HIN members Dr. Allen P Ugargol, Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, Prof Pretesh Kiran, Associate Professor, St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore,  Prof Girish N Rao, Professor pf Epidemiology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, Dr. Tavpritesh Sethi, Associate Professor, Indraprastha Instituteof Information Technology Delhi (IIIT-Delhi), Prof GVS Murthy, Director, Indian Institute of Public Health (IIPH), Hyderabad, Prof Keerti Bhusan Pradhan, Professor, Healthcare Management, Chitkara University, Chandigarh, International Healthcare Consultant Dr. Uma Nambiar, Dr. Saswat Kishore Mishra, Assistant Professor, Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad, Dr. Dhananjay Mankar, Assistant Professor, Tata Institute of Social Sciences and Dr. Krishna Reddy Nallamalla, Regional Director, South Asia, ACCESS Health International.

This curriculum is designed to produce well-rounded professionals with a combination of healthcare, technology, and management skills, covering topics such as medical terminologies, artificial intelligence, and data analytics. It’s a valuable resource for any academic institution looking to train the next generation of health informatics professionals.

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