Healthc Inform Res.  2017 Jul;23(3):233-237. 10.4258/hir.2017.23.3.233.

Comparison of Three Internship Training Sites for an Undergraduate Health Information Management Program in Saudi Arabia

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Health Information Management and Technology, College of Public Health, Imam AbdulRahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia. sbah@uod.edu.sa

Abstract


OBJECTIVES
While internship training is well established for medical records and for healthcare quality improvement, it is not quite so for training related to IT/health informatics. A comparison was made on the hospital-based IT/health informatics internship training received by students completing their training at the Imam AbdulRahman Bin Faisal University (IAU) in the Eastern province of Saudi Arabia.
METHODS
The three hospitals studied all have the Joint Commission International accreditation and advanced Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems. Over the period from 2011 to 2015, interns from the IAU prepared 120 reports based on their training at these three hospitals. Data abstraction was done on the internship reports, and the results were summarized and interpreted.
RESULTS
The study found wide differences in the training received at these hospitals. The main reason for the differences is whether or not the EHR system used in the hospital was a commercial one or developed in-house.
CONCLUSIONS
The hospital that had developed its own EHR system made more use of health information management interns during their IT rotation in comparison to hospitals which had adopted commercial EHR systems. Recommendations are made of both local relevance and of international relevance.

Keyword

Internship and Residency; Health Information Management; Electronic Health Records; Tertiary Care Centers; Health Information Systems

MeSH Terms

Accreditation
Clergy
Electronic Health Records
Health Information Management*
Health Information Systems
Humans
Informatics
Internship and Residency*
Joints
Medical Records
Quality of Health Care
Saudi Arabia*
Tertiary Care Centers
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