• June 6-8, La Jolla, CA

    InSpire 2017: Developing the Health Informatics Workforce of the Future

    A Conference for Educators and Employers

InSpire 2017 Opening Session and Keynote Presentation

Wednesday, June 7
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Michael Penn, Jr., MD, PhD

Michael L. Penn, Jr., MD, PhD is Vice President, Diversity, Outreach and Mentoring at the Gladstone Institutes. Additionally, Dr. Penn is responsible for integrating diversity and inclusion strategies into all of Gladstone’s core scientific and administrative activities. Prior to joining Gladstone in 2012 he worked for more than 8 years at Genentech Inc., where he helped advance innovations in drug development in marketing and business development roles of increasing responsibility. In 2001, Dr. Penn co-founded Building Diversity in Science, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering students to pursue careers in science. He also previously served as a Commissioner for San Francisco’s Health Commission, the policy-making board of the Department of Public Health. Dr. Penn earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Morehouse College and an MD and PhD in biomedical sciences from the University of California, San Francisco.

Closing Plenary Panel

Thursday, June 8
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Health Informatics Workforce: One Size Does Not Fit All

Moderator: Doug Fridsma, President and CEO, AMIA
Panel: Jorge A. Caballero, Founder, Distal Inc.
Elizabeth Sears Chapman, Health Systems Specialist -Informatics and Analytics, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Cynthia S. Gadd, Executive Director, AMIA Advanced Health Informatics Certification
Howard Strasberg, VP Medical Informatics, UpToDate - Wolters Kluwer Health   

In the United States as well as around the world, significant investment in Health IT has been made over the last decade.  EHR adoption finally has reached critical mass. We are, however, in the early stages of leveraging the data within these systems to improve quality and lower costs.  We will need the informaticians of the future to build the clinical decision support and analytics capabilities required of a learning health system.

In this panel, representatives of organizations outside of traditional academia will address a series of questions critical to informatics training programs.  What knowledge, skills and experience do they currently seek when hiring informaticians and what might they seek in the future?  Are different skills needed for different types of informatics positions? Does a core set of skills, as might be the basis of certification programs, create “informatics general practitioners” who can then work in a variety of settings?  To what extent might we need to train “informatics specialists” for certain key roles?  Do employers require candidates for entry-level positions to have informatics experience, and if so, where will graduates get this experience?

The panelists will address these and other important questions both in their own remarks and during an interactive session with the audience such as:

  • What is the ultimate vision for the health informatics workforce from a practical standpoint?
  • What are the expected roles that informaticians can play in industry post EHR-adoption era?
  • What are the differences between receiving a general Masters in Health Informatics vs. a specialized Masters in Clinical, Nursing, Public Health Informatics from an employer standpoint? Does it make a difference? Will it change in the future?
  • What specifically are the knowledge and skills that graduates need to have and what are employers actually looking for in terms of the new HIT workforce?
  • Is the knowledge base different for clinicians (physicians, nurses, pharmacists, etc.) and technical (IT, computer science, etc.) professionals?
  • Should education be oriented toward knowledge acquisition or practical exercises addressing needed skills?  If yes, what are those skills?
  • Does the audience agree or disagree that “one size does not fit all” when it comes to understanding the health informatics workforce?