Research Paper Topics Health Informatics

The subject is held biannually, or as needed.
The course focusses on the challenge of the duality between basic computer science and applied (healthcare) informatics research. Core problem areas selected by the students are analysed from different prespectives, and each student makes complementary article-sketches, both within application and basic theory.
Studies of the underlying research methods, manifested as structure of argument/article/experiment is important.
The core problems may be chosen from recent computer science research applied to clinical healthcare information systems, eg: Knowledge representation, development methods, inforamtion security, architecture, user interfaces, information analysis, data mining, machine learning, decision- and cooperation support.

The students should:

A. Knowledge:

* Aquire an extensive knowledge of the field of health informatics research, both with respect to research themes and applied research methodologies.

* Develop deep knowledge about how to position their own PhD-project within the health informatics research domain.

B. Skill:

* develop skills for practical experience with research methods and writing practice within healthcare informatics and related areas of informatics.

C. Competence

* aquire competence for oral and written communication of arguments in ICT and health care
* aquire interdisciplinary competence for collaboration

Healthcare informatics, or informatics with practical healthcare experience.

Conference- and journal papers.

During the elective course, ‘Introduction to Health Information Technology and Informatics’, now offered online by Indiana University School of Medicine – Terre Haute (IUSM-TH), fourth year medical students complete a final review paper on an approved topic. The scope of the papers are targeted by the medical specialty each student is preparing to enter for residency. Therefore, the paper topics cover the full spectrum of modern medicine in their convergence with Health IT and Informatics. Some examples of previous topics are listed below.

This course has been offered since May of 2015 and past student reviews claim the course helped them significantly when beginning residency. The “Intro to HIT & Informatics” course (#84ZM700) is delivered entirely online and is offered during all months except July and August. Any students interested in enrolling in the elective during their third or fourth year should contact the course director, JB Orndorff ( and coordinator, Kelly Hall (

Paper titles and medical student authors:

• The Role of Health Information Technology in Disaster Medical Response – Holly Irwin
• Mobile Technologies in Palliative Care: An Exploration of Current Research – Kareem Albaba
• Nanotechnology & Microfluidics in Wearable Dialysis Devices – David Dimitroff
• The Evolving Use of Mobile Health (mHealth) and Technology in Medicine – Bryce McKee
• Wearable Activity Trackers: Consumer and Commercial Use – Anna Elder
• Transplant Surgery: Using Technology to Improve Compliance Following Transplant – Casi Blanton
• The Uses, Advantages and Hurdles of Personal Health Records – Douglas Engle
• Artificial Intelligence and Medicine: Elementary, my dear Watson – Yohance M. Allette
• Mobile Apps & Weight Loss: Analysis of utilization of Mobile Apps towards losing weight in patients at medical risk – Rima Siddiqui
• Barriers to Privacy and Security in Telemedicine and Mobile Health – Tennie Renkens
• The Use of Mobile Applications in the Field of Obstetrics and Gynecology – Jenna Voirol
• The Benefits of Telestroke and the Hurdles to its Expansion – Jennifer Romine
• Benefits and Shortcomings of Electronic Health Records – Kelvin L. Hodges
• Whole Slide Imaging: An assessment of the implementation of whole slide imaging within the pathology laboratory – Kyle Parker
• The Implementation of Electronic Health Records – Christina Clark
• Point of Care Cardiac Device: Feasibility and Literature Analysis – Keith Hansen
• The Role of Telemedicine in Medical Specialties – Nadia Bowling
• An Informatics Approach to Oncology – Kyle Gospodarek
• Wearable and Wireless ECG Monitoring: The Future of Remote Cardiac Care – Anthony Witt
• Personal Health Records (PHR) and Patient Care – Jonathan S Aeschliman
• The Impact of Continuous Glucose Monitoring on the Management of Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus in Pediatric Patients – Allie Herschel
• Data Security in the Health Care Industry – Jessica Yen
• A Current Snapshot of Smartphone Applications in Modern Dermatology: There’s No App for That (Yet) – Michael Isaacs
• A Healthy Dose of Social Media – Taylor Curry
• Clinical Decision Support Systems (CDSS) in Anesthesia: Current Trends and Issues in Practice – Andrew Pauszek
• Wearables: A New Tool for Chronic Disease Management – Thomas Pechin
• Engaging Patients with Technology: A Literature Review of Self-Management Technology – Amanda Williams
• Artificial Neural Network in Clinical Decision Support – Hansi Zhao
• The Use of Telemedicine in Elderly Patients – Nathan Roach
• Leading the Charge in Interoperability, Standardization, and Image Sharing: Cloud Computing in Radiology -Michael Trevino
• Standardized Order Sets: Benefits and Challenges – Lindsey Steiner
• Why Can’t Electronic Health Record Interfaces Compete with my Smart Phone? – Luke Collins
• Evolving EMR Beyond the Ice Age: The Story of Meaningful Use – Michael Fecher
• The Challenges of Incorporating Wearable Technologies in Medical Practice – Ivan Lupov

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