Health System informatics conference looks at 'human side of health technology'

Interesting hands-on workshops using advanced technology, as well as talks by national leaders in health informatics, are scheduled at "The Health Informaticist: The Human Side of Health Technology" conference March 1 at the UC Davis Health System campus in Sacramento.

The keynote speaker is Patricia Abbott, Ph.D., R.N., an expert in nursing informatics and co-director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Nursing Knowledge, Information Management and Sharing at Johns Hopkins University. Other speakers include Charles Friedman, Ph.D., the new deputy national coordinator for Health Information Technology, as well as faculty members from the UC Davis Schools of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Computer Science.

The workshops include demonstrations of:

--telemedicine, from the Telemedicine Learning Center

--virtual reality projects on Second Life

--resuscitation and stenting using mannequins, the Center for Virtual Care

--"Functional MRI: A New Window into the Human Mind, Brain, and Behavior," a demonstration of IMRI at the UC Davis Imaging Center.

This second annual Health Informatics Conference is sponsored by the UC Davis Office of Continuing Medical Education, the Health Informatics Program, and the Clinical and Translational Science Center. The co-chairs are Peter Yellowlees, M.D., Michael Hogarth, M.D., and Christine Hotz, D.V.M.

The day starts with registration and a continental breakfast at 7 a.m. and concludes at 4 p.m., all in the Education Building, 4610 X St., Sacramento. A brochure has more information, and registration is available here. Tuition costs $125 per person, or $100 for UC Davis participants, until Feb. 18; then it rises to $150 and $120 respectively.

Health informatics uses information technology, plus information management concepts and methods, to help improve the delivery of health care.