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IJIET 2017 Vol.7(2): 76-81 ISSN: 2010-3689
doi: 10.18178/ijiet.2017.7.2.845

Towards an Effective Framework for Integrating Educational Software into Health Informatics Curricula

Ali H. Alharbi

Abstract—In the last few years, the use of information technology to improve the quality of healthcare services has challenged healthcare organizations to adjust to these new developments. Consequently, there is an increasing demand to prepare health informatics professionals to be a driving force in the adoption and implementation of health information technology projects. This paper presents the results of an exploratory study conducted to gain insight into the potential benefits and challenges related to the integration of an educational health information system into an introductory course on health informatics. The study aims to achieve an effective framework for embedding educational software into undergraduate health informatics courses. The students who participated in this study used the system to gain practical experience with how a health informatics system performs its core functions and to discover the importance of integration between different parts of the system. The results of the study revealed that integrating health informatics software into undergraduate courses has positive impacts on the learning process. However, the study identified various barriers that should be taken into consideration to achieve educationally effective integration of health informatics software into the teaching environment.

Index Terms—Health informatics education, virtual training, educational software.

Ali H. Alharbi is with the Department of Health Informatics, Qassim University, Bukairiyah, Saudi Arabia (e-mail: ahhrbie@qu.edu.sa).


Cite: Ali H. Alharbi, "Towards an Effective Framework for Integrating Educational Software into Health Informatics Curricula," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 76-81, 2017.

General Information

  • ISSN: 2010-3689 (Online)
  • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Inf. Educ. Technol.
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • DOI: 10.18178/IJIET
  • Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Steve Thatcher
  • Executive Editor: Ms. Nancy Y. Liu
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