Perspectives on the implementation of health informatics curricula frameworks

LOKMIC-TOMKINS, Zerina, RAGHUNATHAN, Kalpana, ALMOND, Helen, BOOTH, Richard G., MCBRIDE, Susan G., TIETZE, Mari, HONEY, Michelle, PROCTER, Paula, PEDDLE, Monica and MCKENNA, Lisa (2024). Perspectives on the implementation of health informatics curricula frameworks. Contemporary nurse.

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The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the necessity of equipping health professionals with knowledge and skills to effectively use digital technology for healthcare delivery. However, questions persist about the best approach to effectively educate future health professionals for this. A workshop at the 15th Nursing Informatics International Congress explored this issue. To report findings from an international participatory workshop exploring pre-registration informatics implementation experiences. A virtual workshop was held using whole and small group interactive methods aiming to 1) showcase international examples of incorporating health informatics into pre-registration education; 2) highlight essential elements and considerations for integrating health informatics into curricula; 3) identify integration models of health informatics; 4) identify core learning objectives, resources, and faculty capabilities for teaching informatics; and 5) propose curriculum evaluation strategies. The facilitators' recorded data and written notes were content analysed. Fourteen participants represented seven countries and a range of educational experiences. Four themes emerged: 1) Design: scaffolding digital health and technology capabilities; 2) Development: interprofessional experience of and engagement with digital health technology capabilities; 3) implementation strategies; and 4) Evaluation: multifaceted, multi-stakeholder evaluation of curricula. These themes were used to propose an implementation framework. Workshop findings emphasise global challenges in integrating health informatics into curricula. While course development approaches may appear linear, the learner-centred implementation framework based on workshop findings, advocates for a more cyclical approach. Iterative evaluation involving stakeholders, such as health services, will ensure that health professional education is progressive and innovative. The proposed implementation framework serves as a roadmap for successful health informatics implementation into health professional curricula. Prioritising engagement with health services and digital health industry is essential to ensure the relevance of implemented informatics curricula for the future workforce, acknowledging the variability in placement experiences and their influence on informatics exposure, experience, and learning.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: accreditation; curriculum; digital health; education; informatics; 1110 Nursing; Nursing; 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy; 4204 Midwifery; 4205 Nursing
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Date Deposited: 01 May 2024 12:27
Last Modified: 01 May 2024 12:30

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