Andre W. Kushniurk, MSc, PhD
Professor, School of Health Information Science,
University of Victoria
This special issue of the KM&EL international journal is dedicated to coverage of advances in health professional education applying e-Learning, simulations and distance education technologies. The world of healthcare is being transformed through health information systems and e-health innovations. This includes widespread implementation of systems such as electronic health records, medical decision support systems, imaging technologies and other related innovations. However, worldwide there are serious issues regarding adoption of e-health innovations, with adoption rates in many countries remaining at a low level despite current efforts. As a consequence, many nations are now embarking on massive spending programs to modernize healthcare through widespread introduction of these technologies throughout healthcare systems. However, health professional education has remained to catch up to include and integrate health information systems into the daily and routine trainin
g of all health professionals, including medical, nursing, physiotherapy, social work and other allied health professional students. In addition, students in the area of health informatics need access to a wide range of new health information systems and interact with the type of systems they will ultimately be developing for health professionals. This will be needed to ensure that health professionals are able to work effectively and efficiently with these new technologies, and that health informatics students will become designers and implementers of safe and usable systems.
In this call we invite papers that describe advances in e-learning in healthcare, educational healthcare simulations, and integration of health information systems into health professional training. In addition, we are interested in recent advances in distance learning technologies related to health professional training and education. In order to ensure that the move towards modernizing healthcare globally using health information technology is to succeed, advances will need to be put into place to ensure that health professional students as well as health informatics students have had a wide range of exposure to these emerging technologies that they will encounter with greater certainty upon graduation. How to best integrate these technologies into their training and education in a way that is both effective and natural is still a major research issue. In addition, the special issue is interested in new approaches to providing health professional students, health informati
cs students as well as continuing health professional education, with distance education and remote access to the ever growing repertoire of health information systems.
The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
* New technological approaches to health professional (e.g. medical, nursing, physiotherapy, social work and other allied health professional) and health informatics education
* New approaches to delivering distance health professional education, including as use of collaborative tools, Web-based conferencing and social networking
* Integration of e-health and health information system applications (e.g. electronic health records) into health professional education, as well as in the training of health informatics students about these emerging technologies
* Best practices for incorporating advanced health information technology into health professional and health informatics education
* New approaches and technologies for providing distance health professional education
* Best practices for delivering distance education in healthcare in health informatics
* Use of advanced technologies such as patient simulators and computer simulations for distance education in healthcare
* New developments, trends and approaches to e-learning and distance education in health professional and health informatics education
This issue is designed to elicit both theoretical and applied papers that describe efforts to apply advanced health information technology as an enabler of health professional education. We are interested in both theoretical and applied papers that aim to improve healthcare and specifically healthcare professional education by applying the latest technological advances. We would like to stimulate interest in the issues across academia, practice, industry, research and policy and therefore we welcome focused papers from all sectors.
* Submission due: 15th June, 2010
* Notification of acceptance: 15th September, 2010
* Publication schedule: Vol. 3, No.1, 2011