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New Post in Clinical Informatics in Kenya

JOB PURPOSE: To develop and support new research initiatives in the field of clinical informatics - the development and use of electronic medical record systems to improve clinical care - in Kenya.

The Health Services Unit led by Prof. Mike English based in Nairobi has conducted several important clinical trials, observational studies, quality of care and implementation studies, and has a multi-disciplinary team spanning…

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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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Cardio PACS and image quality

Hi, Very simple question that needs PACS experts answer. <<Is there any influence of the PACS used in the cardio department on the quality of images generated by the modality and if YES what is the PACS specification that indicates this degradation of image quality.>>

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CFP: International Symposium on Network Enabled Health Informatics, Biomedicine and Bioinformatics (HI-BI-BI 2015), Paris, France

International Symposium on Network Enabled Health Informatics, Biomedicine and Bioinformatics (HI-BI-BI 2015) Paris, France, August 27-28, 2015  http://hi-bi-bi.cpsc.ucalgary.ca/2015/   The advancement in technology and computational science influenced a wide range of fields, including research in clinical leading to health informatics as emerging vital research area which is attracting more attention in academia and industry. Health informatics combines computational science and the clinical…

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Job prospects for Health IT Professionals

Hello everyone,I'm a Health IT Professional, working as a Business Analyst past 3 years in India. Now I'm looking out for opportunities overseas.Would request the forum members if anyone could guide me through the whole process of getting a job overseas or any recruitment consultancies who can help me. Also is it mandatory to get a work permit first and then look out for jobs?My location preference: Canada, Australia, US, Middle East and UKThanks in advance!

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The Centre of Health Informatics at the University of Manchester is advertising a Lecturer position in biomedical modelling.  Further details can be found here: https://www.jobs.manchester.ac.uk/displayjob.aspx?jobid=9672 .  
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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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