Advances in communications technology have increased the ability of health professionals and health care institutions and public health agencies to rapidly retrieve, analyse, use, and exchange large amounts of a variety of types of health information including patient records, diagnostic images, and population databases.
Technology has also provided additional means of communicating health information to patients and the public. The organisation, storage, transmission, display and use of health care data in decision making requires knowledge and skills taught in the fields of informatics and telemedicine.
Part two of Academic Exchange Quarterly's Fall 2002 issue focuses on unique and creative solutions to instructional issues which arise when teaching in the frontier of the fields of health informatics and telemedicine.
Manuscripts are sought which deal with topics such as, but not limited to those raised by the following questions:
- What unique, creative instructional methods, programmes, or curriculum are being used in clinical, lab or classroom settings to teach informatics and telemedicine to health care professionals?
- How are the policy and ethical issues raised by health informatics and telemedicine being taught?
- How do financial constraints affect the instructional process?