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The US had seen the launch of DFree, a wearable connected health monitor that uses an ultrasonic sensor to alert users to a full bladder.

Changes in bladder size are monitored via a sensor secured to the abdomen with medical tape. A receiver then clips to the wearer’s belt. The device can track the progression of bladder movements and predicts urination timing using a patented algorithm. It sends data to an iOS app which can…

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The government Clinical Practice Research Database (CPRD) has collected de-identified patient data from UK GP practices research for 30 years leading to thousands of peer-reviewed publications.A recent agreement between TPP and CPRD has meant that now practices using TPP’s SystmOne can send daily data to CRPD.

Where practices have consented, this transfer of data will commence in November and, as other practices join the pilot, CPRD can expect to benefit…

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Palantir Technologies will be using its software to as a platform for collaborative scientific research for the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). Palantir Technologies builds enterprise data platforms for organisations in the public, private and non-profit sectors with complex and sensitive data environments. NCATS will use the platform to speed up the research pipeline used to develop new…

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New Zealand’s first ‘official’ HL7® FHIR® Connectathon will be an interactive event in which participants can test their FHIR implementations, parts of the specification itself, or simply learn more about the most important new standard in healthcare information interoperability. The hands-on nature of the event encourages attendees to pass data, via APIs, between client applications and FHIR servers, plus utilise cloud-based testing services.
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Question for Discussion: "Digital Health" vs "Health Informatics"?

If you work in the business of information technology applications in healthcare, how do you describe what you do? The term "digital health" is becoming increasingly popular in scientific community (in the UK at least) to describe the application of IT to healthcare with many programmes and projects using the term. So, what is the relationship between digital health and health informatics? I've been a slow adopter of the term 'digital health' - but I'm increasingly using term. Unlike terms like…

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Job opportunity with zero experience

Dear all,  I am an ophthalmologist with 14 years experience. I am planning to pursue an online master in healthinformatics from a well accredited online program. My concern is, will I be able to make a career shift and work in that field based only on my master with zero precious experience in the same field?  Thank you 

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Need help with dissertation topic

Hi. I am a physiotherapist and currently doing my msters in health informatics. So much as not been done in health informatics in relation to physiotherapy. What possible. I come from an environment where cerebral palsy and cildren with neuro developmental challenges are predominantly prevalent and lack good access to physiotherapy care. 

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Introduction to Health IT

This free online course, Introduction to Health IT: Health Management Information Systems, is a “theory” component that provides an introduction to health care applications and the systems that use them, health information technology standards, health-related data structures, and enterprise architecture in health care organizations.

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Installation and Maintenance of Health IT Systems

This free course, Installation and Maintenance of Health IT Systems, covers fundamentals of selection, installation and maintenance of typical Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems. Students will be introduced to the principles underlying system configuration including basic hardware and software components, principles of system selection, planning, testing, troubleshooting, and final deployment.  System security and procedures will also be introduced in this component.

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Configuring Electronic Health Records

This free online course, Configuring Electronic Health Records, provides a practical experience with a laboratory component (utilizing the VistA for Education program) that will address approaches to assessing, selecting, and configuring EHRs to meet the specific needs of customers and end-users.

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Standards, Networking and Health Information Exchange

This free online course, Standards, Networking and Health Information Exchange, will introduce the student to networking and health information exchange aspects of health IT. The course covers the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) ISO standard, EHR and health data interchange standards and privacy and security issues associated with health information exchange.

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Usability and Human Factors

This free online course, Usability and Human Factors, will discussion of rapid prototyping, user-centered design understanding effects of new technology workflow on downstream processes; facilitation of unit-wide focus groups or simulation.

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Vendor-Specific Electronic Health Records (EHR) Systems

This free online course, Vendor-Specific Electronic Health Records (EHR) Systems, will provide an in-depth discussion in Vendor-Specific Systems, focusing specifically in areas such as system and database architectures used in commercial Electronic Health Records (EHRs), vendor strategies for terminology, knowledge management, ways to assess decision support capabilities in EHRs, and finally vendor-specific training (go-live strategies).

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Working with Health IT Systems

This free online course, Working with Health IT Systems, is a laboratory component. Students will work with simulated systems or real systems with simulated data.  As they play the role of practitioners using these systems, they will learn what is happening “under the hood.”  They will experience threats to security and appreciate the need for standards, high levels of usability, and how errors can occur.

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Working in Teams

Working in Teams is an experiential course that helps trainees become “team players” by understanding their roles, the importance of communication, and group cohesion.

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Professionalism/Customer Service in the Health Environment

This free online course, Professionalism/ Customer Service in the Health Environment, develops the skills necessary to communicate effectively across the full range of roles that will be encountered in healthcare and public health settings.

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Planning, Management and Leadership for Health IT

This free online course, Planning, Management and Leadership for Health IT, targets those preparing for leadership roles, principles of leadership and effective management of teams.  Emphasis on the leadership modes and styles best suited to IT deployment.

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Quality Improvement in Health IT

This free online course, Quality Improvement in Health IT, introduces the concepts of health IT and practice workflow redesign as instruments of quality improvement.  It addresses establishing a culture that supports increased quality and safety. It also discusses approaches to assessing patient safety issues and implementing quality management and reporting through electronic systems.

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Health Workflow Process Analysis & Redesign

This free online course, Health Workflow Process Analysis & Redesign, covers fundamentals of health workflow process analysis and redesign as a necessary component of complete practice automation.  Process validation and change management are also covered.

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Public Health IT

This free online course, Public Health IT, is specifically for individuals interested in a career in public health. This component will provide an overview of specialized public health applications such as registries, epidemiological databases, biosurvelliance, public health reporting alerts, quality reporting, and how to adopt/use of population health functions for electronic health records and consumer functions for personal health records. In addition, this component will address the potential of public health information technology for health promotion and chronic disease prevention.

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History of Health Information Technology in the U.S.

This free online course, History of Health Information Technology in the U.S., traces the development of IT systems in health care and public health, beginning with the experiments of the 1950s and 1960s and culminating in the HITECH act, including the introduction of the concept of “meaningful use” of electronic health records.

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