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Publication date: 4 May 2018

David Birnbaum, Kathryn Gretsinger, Marcy G. Antonio, Elizabeth Loewen and Paulette Lacroix

Expanding networks of data portals and repositories linked to electronic patient record systems, along with advances in information technology, have created both new opportunities…

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Abstract

Purpose

Expanding networks of data portals and repositories linked to electronic patient record systems, along with advances in information technology, have created both new opportunities in improving public health and new challenges in protecting patient privacy. The purpose of this paper is to review stakeholder perspectives and provide a framework for promoting implementation of current privacy protection improvement recommendations.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper summarizes a workshop session discussion stemming from the 2017 Information Technology and Communication in Health (ITCH) biennial international conference in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The perspectives within health service research, journalism, informatics and privacy protection were represented.

Findings

Problems underlying gaps in privacy protection in the USA and Canada, along with then-current changes recommended by public health leaders as well as Information and Privacy Commissioners, were identified in a session of the 2015 ITCH conference. During the 2017 conference, a workshop outlined the current situation, identifying ongoing challenges and a lack of significant progress. This paper summarizes that 2017 discussion identifying political climate as the major impediment to progress on this issue. It concludes with a framework to guide the path forward.

Originality/value

This paper provides an international perspective to problems, resources and solution pathways with links useful to readers in all countries.

Details

International Journal of Health Governance, vol. 23 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2059-4631

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Article
Publication date: 6 February 2017

David Birnbaum, Kathryn Gretsinger and Ursula Ellis

The aim of this paper is to describe the experience and educational benefits of a course that has several unique educational design features.

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Abstract

Purpose

The aim of this paper is to describe the experience and educational benefits of a course that has several unique educational design features.

Design/methodology/approach

This includes narrative description of faculty and student experience from participants in a flipped-instructional-design inter-professional education course.

Findings

“Improving Public Health – An Interprofessional Approach to Designing and Implementing Effective Interventions” is an undergraduate public health course open to students regardless of background. Its student activities mirror the real-life tasks and challenges of working in a public health agency, including team-building and leadership; problem and project definition and prioritization; evidence-finding and critical appraisal; written and oral presentation; and press interviews. Students successfully developed project proposals to address real problems in a wide range of communities and settings and refined those proposals through interaction with professionals from population and public health, journalism and library sciences.

Practical implications

Undergraduate public health education is a relatively new endeavor, and experience with this new approach may be of value to other educators.

Originality/value

Students in this course, journalism graduate students who conducted mock interviews with them and instructors who oversaw the course all describe unique aspects and related personal benefit from this novel approach.

Details

Leadership in Health Services, vol. 30 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1751-1879

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