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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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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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Informatics Newbie: How do I get noticed?

Hello Everyone,  I am currently pursuing a Masters degree in Health Informatics. I am currently maintaining a 3.8 GPA and am scheduled to graduate December 2015. I have been told by people within the industry that I should be able to find a job while I am still in school. I have 5+ years of clinical background working in various types of patient care settings, which I've been told is a valuable asset to the field of Health Informatics.  I've been applying to entry level positions all around the…

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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

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Configuring Electronic Health Records

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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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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 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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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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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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