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I can blame my 13 year old son for #ProjectedEHR

For over 6 months, I have been having the time of my life.

One weekend while reading EKG's on my new Christmas Chromebook, my then 13 year old asked a very profound question, "Dad, why would you want to read those on the small screen when you could use the TV."  So in less than a minute he had the HDMI cord connected and I was reading the biggest EKG's of my lifetime.

The light bulb went off, so I started daydreaming about the what if, and after bouncing the idea off multiple…

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Wired is reporting on a new start up company called Biomeme that aims to turn any iPhone into a disease-detecting portable laboratory:

Perelman is the CEO and co-founder of Biomeme. Backed by celebrity investor Mark Cuban, the Philadelphia startup is developing a piece of hardware that attaches to an iPhone and harnesses the device’s computing power and built-in camera…

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Are there any MDs or health practitioners that double as Health Informaticists?

Hello HIF, I'm writing a piece about medical doctors and clinicians who are also working as health informaticist, either for their own practice, or at a medical facility. This would either be because there is a lack of talent to hire from, an "if-you-want-to-do-something-right..." work ethic, or just out of the love of knowledge. I'm curious of the struggles and successes, and the benefits of having that 360-degree view of modern medicine. Thanks very much for any participation. 

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Future career in Health informatics?

HI, I am Shankar from India, I did my  masters in Medical Laboratory Technology course and I am working as a Junior lab scientist now I would like to study in USA  in the field of  Health informatics or MBA Health care management . so which course will be the best in future? Please suggest me what is the future scope of Health Informatics in job prospective ? Please suggest me which collages or university's offering this course with placement? Waiting for your Reply Thank you in Advance...

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Influence the future of IBM healthcare technologies! Tell us about life in Healthcare IT...

Hi everyone - I work for IBM as a product manager for our worldwide healthcare integration and messaging offerings. As part of our ongoing design work, we are researching details of the different types of users who work in healthcare IT to better understand your work and what you need from your software. We want to create representative users (called 'personas') that we can use during our software development of healthcare integration technologies to ensure that future software enhancements are…

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Thanks for your question. I would have a look into the role of CMIO (Chief Medical Information/Informatics Officer). It is now pretty commonplace to have a physician working full-time or part time as a health informatician as a CMIO. From t…"
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Installation and Maintenance of Health IT Systems

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