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Google has just joined the PwC team on the Pentagon EHR proposal:

PwC and Google recently announced a joint business relationship where the two organizations will team together to help companies accelerate their journey to and build trust in the cloud.  The combined advantage of PwC and Google teaming together on the DORHS proposal – along with commercial EHR vendors DSS, Inc. and Medsphere Systems Corporation, MedicaSoft, and systems integrator General Dynamics Information Technology…

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Artificial Intelligence in Medicine 2015 (AIME 2015) Conference
Pavia, Italy, June 17-20, 2015
The AIME 2015 conference will be a unique opportunity to present and improve the international state of the art of AI in Medicine from perspectives of theory, methodology, and application. For this purpose, AIME 2015 will include invited lectures, full and short…
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Trackers by Richard MacManus

Richard MacManus (the founder of the tech website ReadWriteWeb) has written a great book about self-tracking for health called "Trackers". The book is now available for Kindle and iTunes. I'd highly recommend the book for anyone interested in mHealth and self-tracking - Richard writes in a very easy to read style and the book covers a lot of interesting cases of using…

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Legal Cases/Health IT Law Case Studies

Greetings! I'm looking for recent (within the past year or so), freely available (preferably online) legal cases and/or case studies involving Health Informatics Law, to be used as discussion points for students in an Introductory Legal Aspects of Health IT course. I've looked quite a bit and haven't found too much. Anyone know of some good resources? Thanks!

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Job outlook

I was hoping to find a few folks out there who could give me some guidance. I'm a physician assistant and have been practicing for 10 years. I'm strongly considering a transition into healthcare it. I have a strong clinical background, and have a good handle on computer implementation. I was hoping someone could reach out and provide me with a job outlook given my background.Thanks,Jason

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Impact of Online Health Communities on Patient-Physician Dialogue

Hello, my name is Akash Patel. I am a student at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. I am currently working on my thesis on the use of online health communities and their impact on enhancing patient-physician dialogue. I would like to gather data on how the abundance of health information found online has changed the dynamic in the traditional patient-physician relationship. It would be appreciated if patients, physicians, and/or anyone who looks for health information online can…

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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

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Vendor-Specific Electronic Health Records (EHR) Systems

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Working with Health IT Systems

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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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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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