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- As knowledge expands and requires better management, role of I.T in health care can only become more important. India has a large number of trained I.T professionals and is in a position to leverage its Brain power to take Health informatics to new heights. As i have argued before on my blog, smart use of health informatics can also help us attain Health rights for all in many ways (lower costs, better quality, better informed patients, e.t.c).
Here, i have tried to showcase a few points about Use of Health Informatics in India as well as the various educational courses available within India.

The Three major uses of Health informatics in India
1) For better training of Health care professionals ( includes Doctors, Paramedicals and Non-medicals)- e.learning
2) For improved delivery of high quality health care services to the remote areas.- Telemedicine,EMRs, CDSS.
3) To bring about a transparency in public health care delivery system.(e-governance)- Public participation

The three major obstacles to Health Informatics in India.
1) Inadequate Skills of health care personnel/others
2) Inadequate Physical infrastructure
3) Inadequate access to I.T ( Digital divide).

The Three major Post Graduate Health care Informatics courses in India
1) Medvarsity online P.G Diploma in Medical Informatics. , associated with Apollo group of Hospitals
2) Amrita Institute of Medical sciences MSc/ P.G.Diploma in Medical Informatics , at Kochi,India.
3) Post Graduate Programs at BII (Bioinformatics Institute of India), Noida, with good industry integration.

The Three short Online courses for Medical Informatics in India-
1) eHCF School of Medical Informatics, Delhi provides Certificate course in medical informatics
2) IAHI online course on Health Informatics
3) BII provides various online/distance educations courses in Health care Informatics.


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Comment by Dr. Supten Sarbadhikari on October 21, 2011 at 1:29pm
I have formed my own Institute: http://supten-institute.org/ and am offering the course: http://supten-institute.net/moodle/ - all details are at the Wiki: http://supten-institute.wikispaces.com/
Comment by Dr. Supten Sarbadhikari on November 1, 2010 at 7:06am
Comment by Dr. Supten Sarbadhikari on November 1, 2010 at 7:05am
Currently I am offering a similar course from CAL2CAL Institute: http://cal2cal-institute.wikispaces.com/Courses
Comment by Dr.Neelesh Bhandari on July 27, 2009 at 11:30am
Yeah, i did know about the course @ PSGIMSR, but had to give it a go, cause I was not able to link it to my post at that Time. Shall do it in any further updates. Thanks.
Comment by Dr. Supten Sarbadhikari on July 26, 2009 at 7:38pm
I have been running an online Certificate Course on Health Informatics since October 2008. The course is of 12-weeks' duration. It is being well received by students from all over the world.
Further details are at: http://psgimsr.in/online-hi/

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