SUNY Oswego responds to growing health care sector needs

As the health care sector continues to grow, the management of medical information is becoming increasingly challenging for hospitals, medical offices, insurance agencies and related industries. To help address this need, SUNY Oswego will offer a new course this fall.

“Introduction to Medical Information Systems,” which will be offered at the SUNY Oswego Metro Center in downtown Syracuse, is part of the college’s new curricular initiative in health care information technology and draws on Oswego’s already recognized strengths in information systems and human computer interaction.

The course, which will begin Aug. 31, will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays. It will introduce students to many emerging topics in the health care industry including: medical and health regulations and law, management and integration of patient data, network security and privacy, workflow analysis and system design, human factors, telemedicine, and emerging trends in e-medicine. Students will also learn how to tailor networking and health care information systems to the expanding needs of clinical care facilities and professionals.

“The new course addresses a major national priority in the terms of digitalizing medical information and patient records, as well as making the health care system more efficient and accurate in patient care,” SUNY Oswego Graduate Studies and Research Dean David King said. “Aligning the health care and information studies disciplines enables professionals to handle the ever-increasing complexity of managing medical records.”

The course will be taught by Dr. Elaine Wenderholm, an associate professor of computer science with a doctorate in computer science and a master’s in clinical chemistry who has experience working in medical research and in clinical laboratories.

To register, or for more information, contact Oswego’s Graduate Studies Office at 312-3152.

SUNY Oswego will offer additional related courses in the future. “With Upstate New York’s already strong presence in the health care sector, we hope to collaborate with regional health care organizations and other institutions to address pertinent issues and better prepare those who are working or planning to work in the field of health care information technology,” King said.

(Posted: Aug 21, 2009)

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