NEW CENTER WILL IMPROVE COMPUTER SYSTEMS IN THE HEALTH SECTOR

OUR UNIVERSITY IS PART OF THIS RECENTLY AWARDED INITIATIVE, WHICH WILL HELP THE GOVERNMENT’S DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO ADDRESS GAPS IN MEDICAL INFORMATICS.



November 18, 2016

With an implementation deadline of five years and a total of 3.5 billion pesos (US$ 5.3 M, approx..), Corfo granted the University of Talca and four other institutions of the same category, the creation of a National Center for Health Information Systems (Cens).
 
This center will be a pivot between the different health institutions, in order to overcome the lack of interconnection between them.
 
It will furthermore certify professionals in the area of medical informatics, define profiles of software specialists in medical areas and will support the generation of graduate degrees in these topics.
 
The medical informatics coordinator in the School of Medicine, Sergio Guíñez, explained that the Cens was created because the policies aimed at the computerization in the health sector are not applied in a standard or interoperable way, i.e. they have not used international models of communication where the information systems are interconnected. “Current information systems come from different suppliers, platforms and codes, which allows patient and processes information to coexist in independently in the same health system, without any interoperability between them", he said.
 
 
Along with this, it is expected that the Center can make technology transfer and councel hospitals and health services that want to improve their systems and in the acquisition of new software programs or in the development of their own systems, which are attached to the ministerial standards. It will also carry out training and establish technical normative criteria.
 
 
"There is a coexistence of systems that are not standardized and are not interoperable. On the other hand, in Chile there is not a profile for the medical information professional, as in other countries where the professional is immersed in the clinical technology and processes", added Guíñez.
 
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The project - which will begin to operate at the beginning of 2017 - involves five higher education institutions, the University of Chile, the Catholic University of Chile, the University of Conception, the University of Talca and the University of Valparaiso, and they all will have a voice in every decision of the Center. Professionals from CORFO, the Government’s Department of Health and the private sector will collaborate in this.

At the University of Talca the initiative will be led by the School of Medicine through the Biomedical Informatics Unit, in collaboration with the Department of Engineering that since a few years ago has developed projects in this field. One of them is called "Innovation in the Processes of Attention to Patients in Emergency Units to Reduce the Gaps with the Performance Standards", carried out jointly by our Academic Institution together with the University de la Frontera and the Bio Bio University as part of the association work off the MacroDepartment of Engineering 2030.
 
 
"We hope to bring our expertise to this initiative, which incorporates areas related to our scientific endeavor and to some of the studies that we have developed in recent years in the health sector," according to the dean of the Department of Engineering, Claudio Tenreiro.
 

"It is a major milestone for our University and for national health. We are very happy for the grant and now we have to make a coordinated work in a systematic way so that it has the greatest impact at the regional and national level", summed up Sergio Guíñez.



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