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New Healthcare Informatics Course!

IST 600 Information Retrieval and Knowledge Representation in Medicine taught by Catherine Arnott-Smith June 21-27, 2004.

A 2003 study found that 80% of adult Internet users have searched for a health-related topic online, whether it was for help quitting smoking, experimental treatments, or information about a specific diagnosis [Pew Internet and American Life Project, "Internet Health Resources", July 16, 2003; http://www.pewinternet.org/reports/toc.asp?Report=95] . Whether you are a website designer who hopes to build useful sites to reach those 93 million adults; a medical librarian who supports healthcare professionals in need of quality information; or a student heading for any career that requires health information management, you will find the representation of medical concepts to be an increasingly important part of your work. In this course we will develop an understanding of medical concepts and classifications and explore the consequences of medical concept representation in real life, from the World Wide Web to the doctor's office to the public library. Among the topics explored: information resources in healthcare (fee and free); controlled healthcare terminologies and their usefulness for ontology development; and hands-on skills building in searching for relevant literature in healthcare. Register online (SCORE link) or by mail or fax (summer reg form link). IST 600 M002 (722666) June 21-27th 9a.m. to 5 p.m.

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