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ONC Medical Informatics Fellowships

ONC announces an opportunity for Medical Informatics Fellows to promote standards-based interoperability, clinical quality improvement and clinical decision support. The Medical Informatics Fellowship is a 1-2 year term appointment in which the physician serves in the Office of Clinical Quality and Safety, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). Goals: Apply knowledge and expertise to advance the ONC mission of  interoperability. Understand the role the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT in regulating and certifying health information technologies. Understand how Health IT impacts the delivery of health care today and serves as a driver of practice transformation and payment reforms. Required: By completion of the program the Medical Informatics Fellow is expected to: Complete one (1) written critical analysis of an area of medical informatics or applications of health IT outlining current opportunities, challenges and recommended…

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MIT Technology Review: Data-Driven Healthcare Report

MIT Technology Review have published a report about the use of information technology in healthcare. You can register to download the report or read a number of articles without registering on their website: Can Technology Fix Medicine? More Phones, Fewer Doctors IBM Aims to Make Medical Expertise a Commodity 23andMe Tries to Woo the FDA Mobile Health’s Growing Pains Blood Sugar Crash Data in Action Big Data Mining Big Pharma Opens Up Its Big Data Modernizing the Medical Record Big Money, Uncertain Return A Closer Look at Data-Driven Health Care

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Best schools for MHI

Hello Everyone I am relatively new to the IT field. I have a medical background and wish to pursue masters in health informatics from a good school, possibly on campus. Would like to start a discussion here about the best schools for this program. PLease contribute and share from your experiences.

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Google and Novartis to Develop "Smart" Contact Lens for Diabetics

The FT is reporting that Google and Novartis are going to market a new type of contact lens that can detect glucose levels in people with diabetes. The lens uses a sensors that can detect glucose levels in eye fluid and send the results of a smartphone carries by the user. They are also developing an 'auto-focusing' lens that can help people who have difficult shifting from near to long-distance vision.

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Informatics skills and training for medical student?

I'm not sure if this has been discussed before, but any pointers to literature, previous discussions or experience sharing is appreciated. - What health informatics skills should medical students acquire? - More generally, what IT skills should they acquire? - What/ how informatics training should be provided to them? - How to assess their informatics skills? These questions arose as I'm involved in teaching medical students in my family medicine clinic, and I've met different medical students - generally they have better IT skills compared to the older generation (at least in terms of use of smartphone, internet search, social media etc.), but I'm not sure if their general IT competence can automatically be translated to better health informatics skills. I've also talked to the professors involved in medical curriculum design, but they seem to have little idea as well.

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Competencies in clinical informatics for medical education

A new paper by Bill Hersh and colleagues on clinical informatics in medical education: Beyond information retrieval and electronic health record use: competencies in clinical informatics for medical education Authors: Hersh WR, Gorman PN, Biagioli FE, Mohan V, Gold JA, Mejicano GC Abstract: Physicians in the 21st century will increasingly interact in diverse ways with information systems, requiring competence in many aspects of clinical informatics. In recent years, many medical school curricula have added content in information retrieval (search) and basic use of the electronic health record. However, this omits the growing number of other ways that physicians are interacting with information that includes activities such as clinical decision support, quality measurement and improvement, personal health records, telemedicine, and personalized medicine. We describe a process whereby six faculty members representing different perspectives came together to define competencies in…

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Tool for PQRS and CPCI submissions

Hello all, I developed some software to help with submission of quality measurement data and I'm trying to figure out if it would be useful to anyone else. If you submit quality measurement data, particularly if you submit for either the Physician Quality Reporting System or the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative and have time for a quick chat, I'd love to talk to you.

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New “Patient Itinerary” App Debuts at Mount Sinai

A new “Patient Itinerary” app now gives patients at The Mount Sinai Hospital a detailed schedule of upcoming  treatments, procedures and tests.  Conceived by the Mount Sinai Inpatient Care Model Redesign Team and developed by Mount Sinai Information Technology, the IPad app is housed on tablets provided by the New York City-based tech company PadInMotion. Staff recently expanded a pilot program for the app, which features access to secure, HIPAA-compliant patient information, making it available for up to 100 patients without cost.   “The ultimate goal with our Patient Itinerary app is to provide a real-time snapshot of clinical care information to make the hospital stay less stressful – and to make our patients better informed – all towards ensuring a good health outcome for those in our care,” said Kumar Chatani, MBA, Chief Information Officer for the Mount Sinai Health System. “Our Information Technology and Nursing Departments will continue to work together to refine an already…

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Featured EHR of the Month

Chris Paton and I have discussed posting a low cost (or free) electronic health record (EHR) each month for developing countries and informatics students. I receive frequent inquiries from individuals and organizations trying to find an affordable EHR because they rarely have access to a commercial EHR. Our goal, therefore, is to present several alternatives for readers to review and discuss. VistA for Education VistA for Education is an EHR simulator that was created by grant money from the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) to supplement the ONC Health Informatics Curriculum. It is the same VistA program used by the Veteran’s Health Administration for many years. The instructor’s version of the Curriculum is now hosted on AMIA.org and consists of multiple zipped files for each of the 20 components. The students version is available as flash videos for all components and nicely hosted on  www.healthinformaticsforum.com. Installation instructors and helpful tutorials are…

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