Twitter Hashtag #HI201

A student asked me this morning if I could embed a Twitter feed of #HI201 on our class blog. I knew that there was a Twitter widget but wasn’t sure if it could pull up tweets based on hashtags. I was correct – the Twitter widget only works by username.

I searched the WordPress fora and found this thread. It advised to try an RSS Widget along with the address of the feed for a particular hashtag:
(replacing “hashtag” with the appropriate word)


Next I had to find out if Edublogs had an RSS widget. It was not in the original list of widgets. But when I looked under Plugins, I found the RSS Just Better plugin. I activated it and it worked! Check out the right sidebar. 🙂

Slowly but Surely

Still waiting for the rest of the class to put up their student blogs. Please spend time on naming your blog – we don’t want several iterations of health informatics. 🙂

I’ve added a Google Reader bundle to the right sidebar! Click Subscribe so you can view your classmates’ posts in one place. That way, it will be easier for us to interact with each other by responding to posts. You will need a Gmail account to access Google Reader.

I had to access two Edublog guides to accomplish this. The first was Step 9 – Add your student blogs to a folder in Google Reader. However, the last steps here were outdated since one can no longer make Google Reader folders public. Thankfully, I found a more updated version in The Complete Educator’s Guide to Using Google Reader. The new method requires clicking on the Google Reader folder and then Create a Bundle. Once a bundle is created, you then proceed to Create a Bundle Clip which generates html code that you can embed in a text widget. Tadah!

P.S. It seems that if I add up another blog to the Google Reader folder, the Bundle Clip does not automatically update. 🙁 Will just have to redo this when everyone is on board. For now, I have put back the Blog Roll on the left sidebar.

Week 1: E-health in the Philippines

Driving Question

In the Philippines, are free market forces, unfettered by government intervention or regulation, adequate for providing appropriate deployment of the national information infrastructure (aka the Philippine Health Information Network) in support of health and health care?


Compose an infographic showing the role of free market forces OR government in deploying the Philippine Health Information Network. The intended audience is the Department of Health Secretary.

The driving question is borrowed from an AMIA debate published by Shortliffe H. et al in JAMIA 1996 Jul-Aug;3(4):249-57, “The federal role in the health information infrastructure: a debate of the pros and cons of government intervention.”

The infographic will be evaluated using the rubric by Kathy Schrock.

HI 201: An Introduction

HI 201 is a core subject in MS Health Informatics.

The course description for HI 201: spectrum of health informatics domains in the Philippine healthcare situation. Course credit is 3 units.

A few weeks ago, I met my students to tell them what I meant to do with Health Informatics 201. I had proposed that the course will use project-based learning, which Wikipedia defines as,

“use of in-depth and rigorous classroom projects to facilitate learning and assess student competence (not to be confused with problem-based learning).”

I proposed an assignment for each of the 16 weeks of the semester – an ambitious undertaking which we hope to document here on Each week will be dedicated to a theme and a project which will have a driving question.

  1. E-health in the Philippines
  2. Diffusion of Innovation in Health Care
  3. Evaluating Health Information Systems
  4. Challenges for Electronic Health Records
  5. EHR Implementation and Evaluation
  6. Clinical Decision Support
  7. Personal Health Records
  8. Messaging Standards
  9. Terminology Standards
  10. Imaging Standards
  11. Privacy, Confidentiality and Security
  12. Knowledge Management and Information Retrieval
  13. Telehealth
  14. mHealth
  15. The Internet and E-Health
  16. Legal and Regulatory Issues in E-Health

A driving question is defined by in this manner –

A Driving Question is one that focuses all other questions towards a solution or product. This question is complex, requires multiple activities and the synthesis of information from numerous sources. Driving Questions serve to organize and drive activities; and these activities result in a series of artifacts, or products, that culminate in a final product that addresses the original question.

Assignments will be uploaded to our Moodle site at Moodle is a closed space so this class blog is our way of sharing our products with the world. 🙂




Hello world!

Header image is from TDT_HistoriaComunicacion at

Health Informatics 201 (HI 201) is a core subject in the MS Health Informatics program (medical informatics track) offered by the University of the Philippines College of Medicine.

This is my first attempt at administering a class blog 🙂 Please check the class blog rules above.

The blogging rubric by Clarence Fisher will be used to evaluate student contributions.