Health Care Technolgy students are represented in ICT thesis contest 2018
For already six years the School of IT has the tradition to end the spring semester with a contest – ICT thesis contest. Every speciality from the School of IT presents their best works to the contest thus giving the students the possibility to introduce their work to the wider audience and compete for stipendiums. This year the ICT thesis competition scholarship fund is 4300€.
The contest strives to acknowledge thesis writers for their academic accomplishments, introduce the themes and level of students’ theses to companies and give a good opportunities for companies and students to meet and discuss potential collaboration possibilities.
As the Department of Health Technologies joined the School of ICT only 1,5 years ago this spring is the first time when students from the institute get the possibility to take part of this great opportunity. This year three Health Care Technology master’s program students are presented in the contest: Evelin Anion, Hannaloore Taal and Kerli Metsla. All presenters are in the information society category.
- Evelin Anion, Analysis of Selected Quality Indicators in the Estonian Cervical Cancer Screening Program in 2016, supervisors Piret Veerus and Professor Peeter Ross
The aim of the thesis was to analyse five selected quality indicators of the cervical cancer screening program in Estonia to get an evaluation of the screening test performance in 2016 and to observe screening test data quality in the Estonian Cancer Screening Registry (ECSR).
The study was designed as a population-based cross-sectional study based on the data of performed screening tests and colposcopies in ECSR and additionally collected information about unknown Pap test results and/or subsequent histological analyses from healthcare service providers participating in organized cervical screening in 2016.
In conclusion, Estonian cervical cancer screening test performance indicators analysed in this study were comparable with the mean values of the member states of the European Union. However, only half of the results of performed screening tests were known and the measures might be different when complete data on cytology and histology analyses were obtainable. Therefore, it is clearly needed to improve the centrally collected health data quality and increase data acquisition for the exact evaluation of cervical cancer screening in Estonia.
- Hannalore Taal, Evaluation of the Results of an ICU Digital Checklist Implementation Project in Estonia - Mapping the Needs for Further Evaluation and Development, supervisor Priit Kruus
Main focus of this thesis is to evaluate the results of an ICU digital checklist implementation project in Estonia in order to map the needs for further evaluation and development of that digital checklist solution.
The data collection methods include scoping review in order to identify the best practices of digital checklists implementations, features, and their evaluation measures. The secondary data of an ICU digital checklist implementation project which is analysed includes data from the project database, results of the focus group interview, and a survey.
The author of this thesis provides suggestions for the evaluation of a digital checklist tool in the next phase of the pilot at NEMC, as well features to be included to the solution based on the user feedback.
- Kerli Metsla, Estonian Family Physicians Usage and Satisfaction with Drug-Drug Interaction Alert System, supervisors Health Care Specialist Tanel Ross and Expert of E-Health Janek Metsallik
The aim of the thesis was to analyse the effect of computerized Drug – Drug Interaction alert system to Estonian family physicians prescribing habits of clinically significant drug-drug interactions and investigate their satisfaction with the solution.
Two researches were conducted. For quantitative results regarding amount of interactions, data from e-prescription centre was obtained and for qualitative data regarding satisfaction a questionnaire for family physicians was developed. The results were later presented to two experts in the field to ask their input for possible reasons and insights.
Results from prescription centre ́s data show that the number of clinically significant interacting drugs prescribed by family physicians is staying at a relatively same level throughout the study period. However, the results from the questionnaire show that the respondents are overall satisfied with the system. The author brings out suggestions for improving the system.