Salzburg CHOP Seminar in Medical Informatics

Jun 3, 2022

The Medical Informatics seminar is part of the OMI Leadership Program, which provides complementary education in areas which are important for successful medical leadership, medical education, and public health. It is designed to enable the OMI alumni to take leading positions in the healthcare systems of their home countries. This week’s Salzburg CHOP Seminar in Medical Informatics took place at Schloss Arenberg from May 29 to June 4, 2022. This week’s course marked the third OMI seminar in Medical Informatics and hosted 31 fellows from 24 various countries, including countries such as Mongolia, Serbia, Sudan, Vietnam, and more.

Dr. Brooke Luo, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, served as course co-director alongside Dr. Naveen Muthu, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Attending Physician at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Both course directors participated for the first time in an OMI seminar. Additional faculty members comprised of Dr. Chris Bonafide, Dr. Leah H. Carr, Dr. Jason Grey Faulkenberry, Dr. Eli Lourie, and Dr. Mark Mai. The faculty put together a compelling schedule which comprised of 17 lectures, including topics such as Maturity Models in Digital Health, Project Prioritization and Management, Informatics Capacity Building, Data Acquisition and Storage, Ethics and Unintended Consequences and more. Additionally, five workshops took place, including Case Presentations by Faculty to Fellows, Local Needs Assessment, Clinical Decision Support, Workforce Development, and Data Acquisition and Analysis. 11 interesting cases from fellows were pre-selected to be presented throughout Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Four cases were published in the OMI Case Library.

Learning objectives for the seminar stated that after the course, participants should be better able to produce a needs assessment of their local healthcare system, generate requirements for their health services ecosystems and communicate those requirements to leadership, vendor partners, and colleagues, and critically evaluate a clinical information system and whether it will meet the needs of the healthcare system. Additionally, participants should be able to educate a local workforce to bridge clinical and technical expertise and apply principles of data capture to conduct research and systems improvement to improve healthcare systems and patient outcomes.

Thursday evening offered a chamber music concert, with a violinist and pianist, exclusively for faculty and fellows right here in Schloss Arenberg. Friday evening’s graduation ceremony and formal four-course dinner was an excellent way for all to finish the seminar week.