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Our research group has published a new case study on an Open Source EHR implementation in Kenya:

 

Muinga N, Magare S, Monda J, Kamau O, Houston S, Fraser H, Powell J, English M, Paton C

Implementing an Open Source Electronic Health Record System in Kenyan Health Care Facilities: Case Study

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We're recruiting for a new Health Informatics research assistant to join our team at the University of Oxford:

Research Assistant - Health Information Systems in Global Health

Applications to be received by 12pm on Wednesday 28th of March 2018

Grade 6: £28,098 - £33,518 p.a. 

We are looking for a Research Assistant to help develop new areas of work within a multi-disciplinary team in Oxford that undertakes collaborative projects with the KEMRI-Wellcome…

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Request for information on EHRs for cancer care

From a colleague in Uganda:

Hi,
My name is Johnblack Kabukye, a medical doctor and health informatician at the Uganda Cancer Institute in Kampala, Uganda. I am also a PhD student in medical informatics at the Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam. We are conducting research on electronic medical records for oncology in low resource settings, so we are looking for stakeholders…
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I am from Austria and I studied medicine. After something about 5 1/2 years I quitted to work as a doctor and finally I am my now in a master-programm of Health Information Management at t…"
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Verena Dornauer replied to Steve Beller, PhD's discussion Spreadsheet-based Software Framework (SSF)
"Dear Steve, Mr. Beller,

your work sounds really interesting.

Please, correct me, do I understand it right that it is like a Data-Warehouse Software with many implemented functions to represent data finally in different ways.

Kind regards, Verena…"
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Many thanks for reaching out. I haven't found any position yet.
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James E. Roberts replied to Tawanda Dzinotizei's discussion switching from computer science/information systems to Health / Medical Informatics
"It is possible to make a transition to Health/Medical Informatics but you'll almost definitely be required to have a good grounding in the biomedical sciences. The level of experience and or prior training in the life sciences field would depend on…"
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"I am exploring the use of a centralized HIS that can support a number of health facilities who cannot have and manage thier own systems.  The shared service would allow for staff in the various independent clinics to access their own patient records…"
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Bussi Simon Bussi replied to Lloyd Eric BARRO MOUSSAVOU's discussion advices and training courses that can help develop National health information system
"Hi, currently many African countries are strengthening their national health information systems. I advice you to plan visiting countries like Tanzania where District Health Information System (DHIS2) has been successful used to collect health data…"
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Health informatics from George Brown College Canada

Hi everyone, I am a doctor trying to switch my career into a more technology associated sector and the best I could find is Health Informatics. I am planning to take up Helath informatics course (Ontario college graduate certificate programme- 1 year) from George Brown College, Toronto, Canada. Can someone please throw in some light into the future and scope of this programme? Does it have a future in Canada? Is this programme going to help me find a good job? My plan is to first take this…

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Health informatics

Hi Everyone,  I want to pursue my MS in health informatics from California, campus program.  I have completed my bachelor's in Biomedical engineering and have 3 years of experience in IT and data management of clinical domain.  Request you suggest the best school I could apply.  Kindly share your suggestions and experience. Thank you. Shruti

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MS in Health informatics

Hi Everyone,  I want to pursue my MS in health informatics from California, campus program.  I have completed my bachelor's in Biomedical engineering and have 3 years of experience in IT and data management of clinical domain.  Request you suggest the best school I could apply.  Kindly share your suggestions and experience. Thank you. Shruti

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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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