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You can now download the entire proceedings of the MEDINFO 2015 conference in Open Access format:

Studies in Health Technology and Informatics Volume 216; Published 2015

Editors: Indra Neil Sarkar, Andrew Georgiou, Paulo Mazzoncini de Azevedo Marques ISBN 978-1-61499-563-0 (print) | 978-1-61499-564-7 (online) Open Access


Health and Biomedical Informatics is a rapidly…

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Question about digital images formats

Hi everyone, in my company we're approaching a project to manage, on a web system, some digital images and we're trying to identify which image formats should be managed by this new module. Up to now we are considering DICOM images, but we're wondering if there are other popular formats that should be manage. Can someone suggest us one or more alternative image formats that could be interesting to manage in our system. Thank you in advance for your precious feedback. Best regards Fabrizio

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Entering Nursing Informatics......

Hi all,I am an M.Sc Nurse, working as a Nurse Educator in Cochin,India. My interest is into the Nursing informatics,which I understand is a new speciality. Could you please suggest some short term online IT courses, which will help me in pursuing Nurse Informatics jobs? Also, please let me know if there is any vaccancy for such NI postsThanks & Regards,Simi George.

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Seeking very affordable upgrades in Health Informatics (PGDP/M.Sc.)

Hi there all, I am anxiously in pursuit of any affordable studies available in the exciting arena of health informatics.  I have scoured the globe via the internet in an attempt to identify that singular entity offering an affordable/recognized option for study by way of online learning mode; from New Delhi, India to Cardiff, Wales (UK).  It has so far been an effort in futility. Could you be so kind, anyone, as to direct me to that economical choice that would; at the very least, equip me with…

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Hi All, I am currently working on a project related to health informatics. What i wish to do is to create a tool which extracts the metadata from a dicom file and puts it to a database, such as MySQL. I have never worked in this area before and i am currently learning about DICOM. Also i do not have a prior knowledge about Database management. So if anyone who has worked in this field before could guide me as to what all details i need to dig into before proceeding further in this project would…

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