|The Louisiana Center for Health Informatics (LCHI) is one of several designated "Unique Areas of Excellence" at The University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL Lafayette).|
|[Note: From 1999 until 2009, LCHI was known as the "Health Informatics Center of Acadiana", a name that was frequently abbreviated to "HICA". This website contains many references to the former name as the publisher of various research reports issued during that period.]|
|Click here for a description of the mission of the Louisiana Center for Health Informatics.|
|Health Informatics: Professional Development
through HIM and IT Curricular Synergies
At the 2014 Symposium of the Assembly on Education (AoE), sponsored by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) at Chicago's Palmer House in July, LCHI Director L. Philip Caillouet PhD FHIMSS shared his insights into Health Informatics careers, career paths, and professional development opportunities. His presentation can be accessed below.
|Opportunities for Research Collaborations with LCHI|
In a March 15, 2013, "Brown Bag Luncheon" session organized by the Research Committee of the UL Lafayette College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions, Dr. Caillouet outlined LCHI's research history and opportunities for future collaborative efforts. His presentation can be accessed below. A similar presentation was made at the Center for Advanced Computing Studies colloquim on April 19, 2013.
|LCHI's Proposal for Statewide Health Informatics Education|
In January 2011, LCHI crafted and submitted a $6 Million application entitled "Information Technology Professionals in Health Care: Program of Assistance for University-Based Training" to the ARRA/HITECH-funded University-based Training of Health Informatics Professional grant program. LCHI served as lead applicant representing a statewide consortium of academic institutions including Louisiana Tech University, the Louisiana State University Health Science Center Schools of Medicine and Public Health, and the Tulane University Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Funds were sought to implement a coordinated program of health informatics education, consistent with the anticipated workforce needs of the nation. While funding was not awarded, some aspects of the plan were independently implemented at UL Lafayette. Funded or not, the proposal stands as a model for future cooperation in this strategically critical area of the healthcare infrastructure in the United States.
|Recent Presentations of LCHI (and HICA) Activities and Outcomes|
Activities and outcomes of LCHI and HICA projects have been presented at various academic and research conferences and in other settings other the last several years. Selected presentations are accessible below.
|HICA Preliminary Analysis of Katrina/Rita Evacuee Medical Records, as Recorded by Operation Minnesota Lifeline Volunteers|
|From September 5, 2005, through November 4, 2005, volunteer physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals associated with Operation Minnesota Lifeline (OML) provided care to thousands of persons evacuated from Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita, in temporary clinics set up in evacuation shelters, churches, hotels, and parish health unit buildings. OML staff captured encounter data on hastily prepared paper medical record forms that were effective at the point of care but not very useful as ongoing health records, nor as sources for statistical analysis of the total care given or of the types of care that may be needed during a future evacuation. At the request of the Louisiana Office of Public Health, HICA took on the responsibility of transcribing the paper records into electronic form. HICA preliminary analysis of data of OML-treated patients is published in this document.|
|Click here to view the HICA report of this project.|
|HICA and the Region IV Healthcare Planning Council|
|The Region IV Healthcare Planning Council was formed in July 2003, as a result of Senate Concurrent Resolution 150 of the 2003 Louisiana Legislature, "to develop an integrated plan for medical care of the indigent in Lafayette Parish and the six surrounding parishes [Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, St. Landry, St. Martin, and Vermilion]" collectively designated as "Region IV" by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. As instructed in its charter, the Council reported "to a joint meeting of the [Louisiana Legislature's] Senate Committee on Health and Welfare and the House Committee on Health and Welfare ... [in] April 2004 regarding the development of an integrated plan ... including the economic feasibility of implementation." During the period when the Council was formulating its plan, the Governor and the Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals announced a statewide healthcare summit for March 2004, to be preceded by pre-summit meetings in every region of the state in February 2004. Later in the year 2004, these signal events were followed by the formation of a statewide panel and of regional consortia. While a new Region IV Healthcare Consortium is expected to supersede the charter of the former Council, several interim work products of the Council may found to be of ongoing value. The Health Informatics Center of Acadiana (HICA) at The University of Louisiana at Lafayette was responsible for the creation of some of these valuable resources.|
|Click here to enter a repository of selected Region IV information resources.|
|HICA and the Louisiana HABITS Research Reports|
|Louisiana HABITS is a consumer survey methodology, developed at the Health Informatics Center of Acadiana (HICA) at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, intended to assist communities in establishing a baseline of healthcare access barrier indicators and in comparing those indicators over time as initiatives are launched to reduce barriers to access to healthcare services. Louisiana HABITS has been employed by HICA in conjunction with the Louisiana Rural Health Access Program and with the Rapides Foundation. To date, a total of twenty-two parishes have been surveyed at least once.|
|Click here to access the Louisiana HABITS research reports.|
|L. Philip Caillouet PhD FHIMSS, LCHI Director|
|L. Philip Caillouet PhD FHIMSS, Director of the Louisiana Center for Health Informatics at The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, is a Professor in the Health Information Management Program of the Department of Allied Health in the College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions and is the current holder of the J. Robert Rivet MD / BORSF Endowed Chair in Health Informatics. Dr. Caillouet also teaches in the Health Care Administration graduate program (an option of the M.B.A. curriculum) in the B. I. Moody III College of Business Administration. He is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), a Fellow of the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), and was a founding board member of the Louisiana Chapter of HIMSS. He has been a member of the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum (LHCQF) board of directors and of the Louisiana Health Care Commission (LHCC), and has been an active collaborator with many local health and social services organizations.|
|Click here to access the curriculum vitae of the LCHI Director.|
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