Two days dedicated to the study of technological aspects in healthcare. So was the first Health Informatics Conference, held by Escola Bahiana de Medicina e Saúde Pública, on September 13 and 14, 2018, at Campus Brotas and at Hospital Humberto Castro Lima (HHCL). The event featured lectures, presentation of the new EAD course on Health Informatics Technology from Bahiana and with the inauguration of the HHCL Telemedicine Center.
On the first day of the Journey, Dr. Renato Sabbatini, biomedical and computer scientist, a reference in the study of informatics applied to health, spoke on “The new pillars of health education: perspectives and paradigm shifts”. The lecture had an innovative format, being transmitted via web conference to teachers and students, thus allowing interaction through virtual messages.
Dr. Renato Sabbatini explained how informatics has changed and added new models of teaching and medical practice and how the new course of the Bahiana will influence this professional scenario: "The Bahiana it is one of the few medical schools in Brazil that offer this course and it is the first university to offer this technology completely at a distance. As a guest teacher by Bahiana to be part of the course's faculty, I am very happy to be able to participate in the structuring of this teaching. Technology is increasingly present in learning and research and has become one of the essential pillars for current and future medicine”.
The professor and coordinator of the Health Informatics Technology course, Marta Menezes, emphasizes the importance and purpose of launching the new distance course: “The Bahiana it is a health school, so we feel the importance of working with information technology in the health field, whether in the medical record, exam or management. In the job market, there is a shortage of people who work in this area of health in synergy with information technology. Given this scenario, the purpose of launching this course is to understand these two areas. This technology is not a health course, the professional trained in Health Informatics will study an intermediate area and seek a dialogue for solving problems that can improve the lives of patients, the availability of exam information and the management of medical processes" .
The second day of the event was marked by the inauguration of the HHCL Telemedicine Center, an initiative of the hospital in partnership with the Bahiana and the Telemedicine University Network (RUTE). Representatives of the three institutions and Diego Cavalcanti, a member of the Health Department of the State of Bahia, were present.
Professor Dr. Paulo Lopes, director of RUTE, the organization of which the Bahiana is a member, explains what the goals of the new center are and how these goals will impact medical practice. “The objective is to make other professionals of the institution aware of this facility and of the actions that are being promoted, which, in our case, is the Special Interest Groups – Special Interest Groups (SIGs) in Nursing and Dentistry. For the institution, it marks the beginning of the possibility of greater insertion in the scenario of digital health technology, the implementation of other GIS and telemedicine projects, as well as the insertion of the HHCL in this discussion of a new era of health, driven by practices technologies”.
Professor Antônio Carlos Costa, manager of the Center for the Development of Educational Technologies (CEDETE), highlights how the cooperation between Bahiana and HHCL contributes to the development of technology in health: “Being in partnership with Humberto de Castro Lima Hospital, our students' field of practice, and collaborating so that it would be part of this renowned Telemedicine network, RUTE, greatly expands , the possibility for our community to participate in technological innovations, research, continuing education and GIS, in addition to enabling us to better train our students and improve our professionals for the increasingly greater exercise of human and technological".
“It is surprising how many people are part of RUTE. The exchange of knowledge is very significant. Therefore, being part of this network is important for learning from others and for teaching as well. HHCL is a hospital specializing in ophthalmology, so there is a lot to offer in terms of knowledge. An aspect that deserves to be highlighted is the fact that, many times, people who live in the interior need to go to the capitals in search of large service centers. With telemedicine, they can be treated without having to leave their cities”, says Mariana Soliani, administrative director of Bahiana and superintendent of HHCL.
The roundtable “What is the place of information technology in health?” was responsible for closing the journey. Professor Dr. Paulo Lopes, Dr. Renato Sabbatini and Professor Marta Menezes joined the table and discussed career opportunities in health informatics and how the information and knowledge society, through Information and Communication Technologies ( ICT), is inserting the medical reality in the digital realm.
Medical student Mayara Silva told how it was to participate in the first edition of the event: “I have been participating in the journey here. Yesterday I watched Professor Renato Sabbatini's online lecture and now I had the opportunity to watch the discussion of this roundtable on information technology in health. This initiative of Bahiana I'ts very interesting. This area of telemedicine is very current, and the institution is being innovative in promoting this event and the Health Informatics Technology course, enabling the opportunity for distance learning. I am an admirer of this project”.