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Informatics for Librarians: Peeling the Onion

Presenters:     PJ Grier and Dean Karavite

The MLA Philadelphia Regional Chapter is very excited to present Informatics for Librarians: Peeling the Onion taught by PJ Grier and Dean Karavite, the program’s creators.

PJ Grier is the Outreach and Access Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region.  In addition to being a medical librarian and workshop instructor, Mr. Grier recently earned a graduate certificate in Clinical Informatics from the Johns Hopkins University.

Dean Karavite, Lead Human Computer Interaction Specialist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, works creating healthcare information technology solutions by developing clinical decision support tools for electronic health records.

This workshop will demonstrate that clinical informatics is the “intersection of computer science, health sciences and information science.”  Participants will learn about the “front-facing” skills that librarians bring to the field of clinical informatics and healthcare information technology as well as get a broad overview of the informatics field.  Because of federal healthcare reform initiatives, the demand for skilled informatics staff is expected to outstrip supply by 2015. As part of the course workforce development programs available to librarians will be reviewed. MLA CE credit will be available.

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The course will be presented at Eastern University ( in the western suburbs of Philadelphia.  Eastern is easily accessible by car or public transit.

Registration information will be published shortly.

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