• Interviews

    Healthcare informedics in The Netherlands

    Internationally, The Dutch Healthcare system is revered. The small country’s healthcare system has topped The Euro Health Consumer Index (EHCI), carried out by consumer research group Powerhouse for 7 consecutive times. To get a better understanding of the Dutch healthcare system we are interviewing Reyer Slot of Goedkoopstezorgverzekering, one of the country’s leading websites on health insurance.

  • Education

    How Medical Informatics make for Better and Safer Healthcare

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has for a long time now supported the development of medical informatics within the healthcare sector. Research into medical informatics mostly deals with efficiently organizing, managing, analyzing and validating information in healthcare.

    Many clinicians have to make use of both old and new knowledge concerning their patients. They have to remember each patient’s individual health status and background. Next to this they have to clearly communicate this with patients, doctors, hospitals and other health care providers, and all of this on their respective level of understanding.

    Meeting these expectations is often extremely difficult. Not only because of the massive workload given to one individual, but also because of a lack of systems that specialize in organizing, storing and retrieving medical patient data in a clear and efficient way. Today’s powerful computer systems and information management tools can greatly help with providing a more sustainable working environment for many healthcare professionals.

    A more detailed description on how this will be achieved by making use of computer systems and applications can be found in issue 6 of the Research in Action online journal by the AHRQ.

  • Education

    What is healthcare informedics?

    We did our best to inform you about the details of medical informatics on the corresponding section on the website. We also know that it still remains a difficult topic and you’ll probably still have lots of questions.

    For instance, how can the efficiency of the healthcare system be evolved by enhancing our understanding of informatics within the medical field? In what way can information technology and information management boost organizational productivity for healthcare providers? And how can all of this reduce the cost of healthcare for the future generations?

    Answers to these and many more questions are given by Stephan Kudyba, associate professor in the school of management at the New Jersey institute of technology. By making use of new technologies and boosting organizational efficiency from bottom up, it will become possible to develop more viable and efficient future healthcare systems that will facilitate the growing need for healthcare.

    Finally, someone who is able to explain the purpose of medical informatics in a clear and informative way 😉