Duke Center for Health Informatics: Reflecting on the Impact of COVID-19 on Health Informatics and Information Management Education
The COVID-19 pandemic led to unprecedented disruptions by impacting the functioning and outcomes of the education system. In particular, higher education faced challenges such as technological barriers, familiarity with online tools, delivery to students with disabilities and managing the work-life balance. An additional challenge faced by the Health Informatics and Information Management (HIIM) community was scheduling clinicals online.
Professional organizations such as the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) stepped up and mitigated the online resource deficit by allowing temporary access to their materials and classes for free. However, the impacts of COVID-19 on HIIM higher education programs have not been realized. Data was collected using a 37-item survey designed to gauge the COVID-19 impact on teaching, course delivery mechanisms and outcomes of HIIM in higher education. One open-ended item question was thematically analyzed. Our results identified facilitators and barriers related to leadership, student engagement, virtual clinicals and technology.
Dr. Prerna Dua is a professor of Health Informatics and Information Management and Program Director for the Masters in Health Informatics at Louisiana Tech University. Her research focuses in areas of Translational Healthcare Informatics and Machine Learning. Dr. Dua has published in a variety of top-tier peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. She has co-authored one book and four book chapters. She has been the principal investigator or co-investigator on numerous grants and contracts at the both federal and state level. She is active in the American Medical Informatics Association and serves on various committees. She was recognized by AMIA and was featured as "Faces of AMIA" and received the AHIMA Triumph award in research in 2015. He is a member of the Health Informatics Accreditation Council for CAHIIM (Commission for Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management); she also serves as a peer reviewer for CAHIIM.
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