(Health Issue Network)

HIN (Health Issues Network) is a novel approach that supports the clinical reasoning and improves the training of students of medical sciences (both human and veterinary) as well as of healthcare professionals.

HIN is a graphical language to describe a clinical history. It is based on the concepts of evolution of the patient's clinical problems and the links between them. HIN makes it possible to describe how a patient's overall state of health changes over time – potentially over a lifetime.

The project targets academics involved in clinical, epidemiological, and public health teaching as well as in continuous professional development.

HIN is a registered trademark from the National Research Council of Italy (CNR).

The section reports the idea behind the approach (reasoning about time), the 4 models the project is built on, the evaluation of the f-HINe model through testing with teachers, clinicians, and students, as well as the usage scenarios of the various end-user models.

The section reports the main scientific publications on HIN (journal papers; conference proceedings). For each of them abstracts, keywords and references are described. Where available, links for direct download of the publications are also present.

In this section, the f-HINe model is presented in terms of its component elements. The characteristics of an f-HINe diagram are also introduced, and some clinical examples represented through the model are provided.

The educational aims of the HIN approach are largely expressed in the possibility to start from real/realistic cases, implemented within an educational and training context (Case-Based Learning, or CBL).

The section hosts the supporting documentation to a timely use of the f-HINe model: the manual (student version); the glossary of HIN terms; the fHINscene software (student version), along with the user manual.