ICS 614 - Biomedical Informatics I

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Instructor: Prof. Nancy Reed, 314E POST, nreed@hawaii.edu, (808) 956-8498.
Lectures: Tues. 3:00 - 5:40 pm, Holmes 248 (may change) .
Office hours Mon & Wed 11:30 am - 12:15 pm (in 314E) or by appointment.

Overview: Biomedical Informatics, an emerging interdisciplinary field, deals with biomedical information, data, and knowledge -- their storage, retrieval and optimal use for problem solving and decision-making [1]. It touches on all basic and applied biomedical sciences, computer sciences and public health. In this course, we will examine current topics and issues in biomedical informatics including electronic medical records, Obama care, telemedicine, decision support, future technologies, and ethics.

Required Text: [1] Biomedical Informatics, Computer Applications in Health Care and Biomedicine, 3rd Ed. E. Shortliffe and J. Cimino, Eds. Springer Verlag, 2006.

Optional Texts: Depending on your interests and project, you may want to use one or more of the following.
Healthcare Information Systems, 2nd Ed., Karen A. Wager, Frances W. Lee and John P. Glaser, Jossey-Bass, 2009. Public Health Informatics and Information Systems, Patrick W. O'Carroll, William A. Yasnoff, M. Elizabeth Ward, Laura H. Ripp, and Ernest L. Martin, Eds., Springer, 2010. A History of Medical Informatics in the United States, 1950-1990 M. Collen, AMIA, 1995. Cybermedicine: How Computing Empowers Doctors and Patients for Better Health Care, Warner Slack, Jossey-Bass, Revised 2001. The Future of Health-Care Delivery: Why It Must Change and How It Will Affect You by, Stephen Schimpff, Potomac Books, 2012.

Course Requirements: A Term Project including midterm and final presentations (35%) plus midterm and final reports (55%) and presentation and discussion of a research paper (10%).

Grading scale: Grading is done on an absolute scale. If your score is 90% or more, you are guaranteed at least an A-, 80%-90%, you are guaranteed at least an B-, 70%-80%, you are guaranteed at least an C-.

Academic Conduct Work for this course must be done individually. All material from outside sources must be properly cited and given credit. Refer to the student conduct code (http://www.studentaffairs.manoa.hawaii.edu/policies/conduct_code/) for UH policy details. It is everyone's responsibility to report possible cheating. Those who cheat are subject to disciplinary action.

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