EHOVE instructor piloting Health Informatics
EHOVE Technology instructor Todd Lawson is part of a team piloting Ohio’s new Health Informatics curriculum this fall. Lawson attended a three week summer workshop in Westerville with academic and career tech teachers from Ohio career centers including Cuyahoga Valley Career Center, Collins Career Center, Apollo Career Center and Ashland County-West Holmes Joint Vocational School.
Informatics is a broad field referring to computer interaction. The primary focus of this relatively new career field is within Health Science occupations, primarily as a result of the national accountable care system for comprehensive health reform in the United States. Health Informatics is the science that underlies the fusion of health care, information technology and business administration and guides its integration into all aspects of the patient health experience at the individual or population level. It creates the infrastructure that connects and enables the flow of critical information to and from each of the stakeholders in a patient’s or population care. An example demonstrating the value of what is sometimes referred to as Health Informatics is when a patient’s vitals, symptoms and diagnosis are entered into the computer to enhance research and communications with multiple health care providers.
IT is an integral part of nearly every industry. In 2012, individuals in Health Informatics are primarily already employed health care professionals being trained on the software. As Informatics grows, this is expected to change with positions throughout the state.
This new curriculum is project-problem based, propelling teachers into the role as a facilitator of learning rather than the traditional “teaching” model. Science, English and math teachers from several schools will support the programs. During the workshop, teachers reviewed projects to determine what concepts need to be learned by the students in order to complete the project, and different strategies for helping the students to go deeper into the curriculum and to apply the concepts learned in one project to another real-life situation.
Additionally, they met with health informatics professionals to better understand the profession to apply that knowledge to the projects. Leadership for Ohio’s new Health Informatics curriculum development is a collaborative of the Ohio Department of Education’s Office of CTE and the Ohio Association of Career and Technical Superintendents (OACTS), which received support through the Race to the Top (RttT) initiative. The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Preparation for Tomorrow model is being applied. For more information, contact Tom Applegate at email@example.com.
PHOTO: (L-R): Engaged in the practice of project-based learning related to blood typing are teachers Todd Lawson (EHOVE), Andrea Zaph (Collins) and Chrissie Butts (Ashland County-West Holmes).