Master program in telemedicine opening at TPU

The School of Computer Science & Robotics of Tomsk Polytechnic University will open a new master program Medical Computer Science and Telemedicine. It is designed jointly with Siberian State Medical University. In September 2018, first students will be enrolled in 10 state-funded places.

Director of the TPU School of Computer Science & Robotics Dmitri Sonkin says:

‘Telemedicine needs competent IT specialists to transfer primary data, to establish two-way video communication between specialists and patients and to solve their problems. They will ensure bringing early diagnostics and treatment of many diseases to a fundamentally new level using IT tools.’

The new master program is aimed at training of exclusive multi-skilled specialists in the management of development, localization, and support of medical software.

This will be one of the first master programs in Russian universities.

The program supervisor Alexei Ponomarev says: ‘Specialists with competence and knowledge at the junction of medicine and information technology will be in demand at the labor market that is confirmed by survey data of the development of the computer service market. The fact that there are no analogs of the program in Russia is a competitive edge of TPU. Master students will study the basics of artificial intelligence application in medicine, clinical and laboratory diagnostics automation and other areas. Besides, they will learn how to use them in the applied tasks.’

SSMU Rector Olga Kobyakova notes the necessity of the creation of such program for telemedicine.

‘Last year we conducted a study and revealed that specialists with interdisciplinary competencies are the most popular among employers in the biomedical sector. According to the SSMU study, hospital chief executives in the Tomsk Region need specialists in IT medicine. Based on this data, SSMU as a basic regional university is launching a large-scale project on the creation of interdisciplinary network master programs with Tomsk universities,’ notes the rector.

Partners in the program are OOO YUMS Company and OOO Medical Information Technology.