This four-day course is offered in April of Year One before the Genes to Society - Nervous System and Special Senses section. The course introduces students to clinical informatics, an interdisciplinary field that explores effective uses of clinical data, information and knowledge in order to improve health. During the course, students will hear both from Hopkins faculty who conduct research in the field of informatics as well as those with applied experiences in designing clinical decision support tools or deploying telemedicine. Students will learn from a combination of online engaging lectures (that can be viewed remotely), in-person lectures, hands-on time in the Epic playground, demonstrations of MyChart from a patient perspective, a live telemedicine demo, and small group activities. In this course, students will gain insight into the physician’s evolving roles and responsibilities during this transformative time in healthcare.
By the end of this course, the students will be able to:
- Distinguish between the utility of different forms of clinical decision support embedded into electronic medical records.
- Critically evaluate the quality of electronic medical resources such as health-related websites and mobile health applications.
- Describe at least 3 clinical scenarios in which telemedicine can be used for healthcare delivery.
- Recognize the role of patient portals and personal health records in the doctor-patient-family relationship.
- Articulate the challenges to patient care posed by a lack of interoperability and the role of Health Information Exchanges (i.e. CRISP) in addressing these problems.
Ashwini Davison, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
General Internal Medicine
Division of Health Sciences Informatics
Health Policy & Management
Time Commitment and Course Length
The course runs for 16 hours over 4 days.