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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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Health Information Management Course

Guys! I am in Africa ( Botswana) interested in studying for either Postgraduate Diploma or Masters in Health Information Management as I have BA (Library and Information Studies) and currently a final year student for Masters in Archives and Records Management. I would like you to recommend any best and affordable institution offering the course online or on distance mode.

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Patient generated data: is it the solution to incomplete ehealth records?

The use of patient-reported outcomes to capture Review of System (ROS) outside clinic visits as stated by Arlene E. Chung, Ethan M. Basch (2015) not only improves efficiency and completeness, it improves accuracy of data collected and provides an opportunity of including patients voice into the EHR. Having a complete ROS also helps to determine Healthcare providers level of reimbursement. Despite some of the setback experienced with its use, capturing patients' voice could enhance…

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Course/Certificate, Ask for Advice

Dears, I am a software Engineer (graduated from Computer Science engineering) with experience about 5 years in IT Field , currently i am working as integration specialist in a Health project; integrating laboratories to Lab Information Management System (LIMS), then integrating LIMS to online platform. i have finished HL7 course So what is the certificate/Course you recommend ? Thanks in advance 

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job prospects

What type of jobs can someone get with a bachelor's in health informatics ? I am planning to enroll in a bachelor's program soon and want to know the job out looks of it or your opinions . Will data analytics be big or will working for ehr vendors be the main setting?

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"Thank You Very Much Guys for your wonderful inputs and I am already started on free Courses"
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"@Teferi and Chris, Many Many Thanks for the inputs!

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Dr.Sheetal"
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"Hi Hugo, yes I have heard of it but don't know too much about it. I think some people on this site have studies there if you do a search you might find some connections. Chris"
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Teferi A Hagos replied to Patrick's discussion Health Information Management Course
"Hi Patrick,

You can take the course for free by going to: https://www.coursera.org/specialization/medicaltech/30?utm_medium=l.... If the link doesn't work, you can just go to coursera.org, Specializations, and then look for Health Informatics and D…"
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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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