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Two new software engineering positions at the University of Oxford.

Senior Software Engineer

Applications to be received by 12pm on Monday 13th of February 2017

Grade 8: £39,324 - £46,924 p.a.

This is an excellent opportunity for a Senior Software Engineer to join the Infectious Diseases Data Observatory (IDDO) team. The IDDO hosts a collection of data-sharing platforms, bringing together clinical, pharmacology, molecular, in vitro and…

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Job Title: Clinical Information Analyst - Informatics: location Nairobi, Kenya

Reports to: Department Head Research Africa

Your challenge:

Research brings meaningful innovations to market via close collaboration with Healthcare sector.To foster speeding up end-to-end innovation from idea to market, Philips creates the differentiation through clinical domain expertise combined with intelligent and meaningful data transformation. Philips Research Africa plays a key role…

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Best Place to Study Publlic Health Informatics

Hi everyone, little help here. I wish you could tell me the best university to study public health informatics for a a master degree. I studied public health for my undergraduate degree and i wish to continue my study to the next level and I find that public health informatics would be nice, since there are not many people taking public health informatics as their master degree. i live in Indonesia and there is not one specific course for the public health informatic only. It's merged into…

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Starting out

I am trying to discussion with someone because I have questions in regards to a career path in this field.‬ I would like to know if a Masters Degree is necessary to enter the field and if not what experience is?

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Seeking Participants for Dissertation Survey on Mobile Health Technologies

Hi All, As part of my dissertation research at Columbia University, Teachers College I am conducting a survey on mobile health technologies (such as cell phones, tablets, PDAs and wearable tech) that are being used for chronic disease management, disease prevention, or health promotion. The survey is confidential and completely anonymous, and respondents will have a chance to win either a $300, $200, or $100 amazon gift card.  It is my hope that this research will contribute to identifying best…

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How can nursing informatics be integrated within the workplace for working RN's?

Use of Health Informatics in the Workplace               When dealing with direct patient care on a day to day basis, a nurse becomes very dependent on the information systems and technology available and necessary for the job, such as the PYXIS, the EMAR, and a variety of other computer and documentation systems. When these systems fail, or present a challenge to understand and facilitate use on top of the physical and mental demands of caring for possibly acute patients, it can affect the…

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Introduction to Health IT

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Installation and Maintenance of Health IT Systems

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Standards, Networking and Health Information Exchange

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