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Bob Hoyt replied to Chris Paton's discussion Why are doctors still using Pen and Paper?
"I think there are several reasons some doctors still use pen and paper. I can only comment on physicians in the United States 1. The $$ penalty by Medicare for not adopting is not that great so it was a business decision to stay with paper 2. For…"
Bob Hoyt replied to Chris Paton's discussion The Android Wear project
"The competition between Google and Apple on this new space (smart watches) will be highly interesting. This is occurring at a time when more physiological sensors are also appearing. The Apple Healthbook project will reportedly integrate all of…"
Mar 26
Bob Hoyt replied to katinta Enoch's discussion Re : Health Informatic Forum
"What is your ultimate goal? Would you like to be involved in informatics at your hospital or another hospital in Zambia? Have you looked at Chris's MOOC course as that would give you a good idea about what you might learn from a certificate or…"
Mar 26
Bob Hoyt replied to Chris Paton's discussion Google says we can save 100,000 lives by making medical records open
"I don't know where Larry Page came up with 100,000 lives saved as I would bet that is an uneducated guess. Clearly, claims data is inadequate, as pointed out by David, for meaningful research. On the other hand, medical research has been…"
Mar 26
Bob Hoyt replied to Diane Arend's discussion Online Health informatics certificate program & UCDavis
"Diane, It is a great idea to take advantage of Chris's MOOC course as that will give you a very good idea about the scope of the Health Informatics field, similar to what you would learn in most certificate programs. What you are probably…"
Mar 26
Adebowale Ojo replied to Bob Hoyt's discussion Health Informatics: Practical Guide....the sixth edition is now available
"Great Resource! I use it in teaching my Masters students Applied Medical Informatics."
Feb 27
Narinder Bhatt replied to Bob Hoyt's discussion Health Informatics: Practical Guide....the sixth edition is now available
"Congo for great effort in enriching people with knowledge of healthcare informatics to this extent...i too just bought the ebook from and excited to go through it ASAP...Congo again to all who made this possible. "
Feb 26
Bob Hoyt replied to Bob Hoyt's discussion Health Informatics: Practical Guide....the sixth edition is now available
"Chapter 3 on Healthcare Data Analytics is a free chapter for review on Please go to the Textbook tab. In addition, chapter 3 is available tod download free on We are offering individual chapters for $2.99 to…"
Feb 24
Steven Wanyee Macharia replied to Bob Hoyt's discussion Health Informatics: Practical Guide....the sixth edition is now available
"This definitely sounds like a great book, and timely too. Where can I find brief content/chapters reviews, sort of peek preview?"
Feb 24
fareed replied to Bob Hoyt's discussion Health Informatics: Practical Guide....the sixth edition is now available
"I also need a review copy.Currently doing my Masters in Health Informatics"
Feb 24
Bob Hoyt replied to Timothy Tuti's discussion Situation Analysis of EMRs in developing countries
"My experience is with other EHRs but I am pretty familiar with OpenEMR that provides an EHR and practice managment system. Most EHRs have the ability to generate reports (descriptive analytics) but most don't have predictive analytics…"
Jan 27
Bob Hoyt replied to BRAHMI's discussion Capstone project for MS health informatics
"I believe you are in a Masters program in the United States. If that is correct, how about looking at the very extensive public health data web site known as Public Health Partners: Health Data Tools and Statistics at…"
Jan 27
Bob Hoyt replied to Nelson Tiongson's discussion Evaluation of Telemedicine
"Your question is very broad because telemedicine is a very broad field and so are outcomes. Are you interested in teleconsultations (like teledermatology) or telemonitoring (home monitoring, eICUs, etc.)  There is no general metrics for…"
Jan 13
Bob Hoyt replied to Sen Phoi Thich's discussion Who should study health informatics?
"Sen, I agree with everyone's comments. I did want to make you aware of a free open source electronic health record and practice management system known as OpenEMR. The software is available in multiple languages,…"
Jan 13
Bob Hoyt commented on Administrator's blog post Patient Portals – A Guide
"While there are standalone patient portals that is not the future of this application. Clearly in the United States clinicians will want their patient portal to be integrated with their electronic health record. Not only will that be compatible with…"
Jan 1, 2014
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About Me:
I became interested in Medical Informatics in 1999 when I found that I could look up drug side effects using Epocrates. The University of West Florida developed several online Medical Informatics courses in 2004 and we then decided to launch an e-book and paperback, Health Informatics: Practical Guide for Healthcare and Information Technology Professionals. We finished the fifth edition (February 2012). We have two new international co-authors and lots of new international health IT initiatives are mentioned. Look for it at I'm now in the process of updating the instructor's manual to reflect the changes in the fifth edition.
What is your interest in Health Informatics?
Director, Medical Informatics, University of West Florida
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Online Textbook Free to Faculty

Posted on August 23, 2013 at 12:46pm 0 Comments

I wanted to let forum readers know that our textbook Health Informatics: Practical Guide for Healthcare and Information Technology Professionals, fifth edition is available online and free for faculty who use our textbook to teach Health Informatics. The textbook is integrated with our Instructor's Manual and Resource Center. This month I added hands-on exercises for students to the Instructor's Manual. The resource center is…


Instructor's Manual for Health Informatics Textbook

Posted on May 15, 2012 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

In a previous blog post I announced that the fifth edition of Health Informatics: Practical Guide for Healthcare and Information Technology Professionals had been released February 2012.

For those faculty members who use the textbook to teach Health/Medical Informatics we want to offer an electronic (PDF) Instructor's Manual at no…


US Electronic Health Record Adoption: What Are The Facts?

Posted on May 10, 2012 at 9:19am 10 Comments

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) just released several datasets, to include how our HIT Regional Extension Centers (RECs) are doing with the promotion and adoption of electronic health records. ONC funded the creation of 62 RECs in the United States with the goal of promoting HIT adoption, particularly among primary care physicians who practice in rural underserved areas. 

As of April 2012…


Are there better ways to alert and inform physicians and patients

Posted on April 7, 2012 at 9:04am 2 Comments

In the March issue of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings I noted an article about 33 cases of Anaplasmosis being reported in a Massachusetts suburban hospital over a six month period. Not only does that mean we now have three tick borne diseases on the East Coast we need to know/worry about,  they changed the name from Ehrlichiosis to Anaplasmosis without me knowing. While many of these…


Technology: Cause and Possible Solution of Sedentary Behaviors

Posted on March 10, 2012 at 2:30pm 15 Comments

All evidence points to technology being a major cause of sedentary behavior, particularly watching TV, computers and gaming. Inactivity contributes to obesity, which in turn contributes to heart disease and cancer. Early emphasis has been on moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA), with the recommendation of 150 minutes/week for adults. Unfortunately, only 5% of adults in the US only achieve this.

In the past several years we have learned that sedentary activity (1-3 METS) is an…


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At 6:16am on May 3, 2012, Ahmed Elmesidy said…

Hi Bob,

Thanks for the message.

I'm considering doing a graduate certificate course and a Master later on, but I do have some questions and concerns that I need to clarify before I proceed.

1- Are the terms "Associate degree" and

    "Graduate certificate" equivalent?

    Are they both the same?!!

2- I'm currently in Australia. If I do the course here,

    will my degree be recognizsed overseas (US

    & Canada)?!! What are the licensing 

    bodies that govern the practice of

    Health  informaticians in these contries?!!

    Can my degree get me a job overseas?!!

3- What are the Job prospects of this field in the

    US & Canada?!!

4- What kind of fields, jobs or sectors I can expect

    to be able to work in?!! (This question in

    particular appears to be very vague!!)

I know that my questions might sound very basic,

but I really appreciate if you can help me out and make the picture clear for me!



At 8:13pm on February 17, 2012, Dr.Naresh Yallapragada said…

Hi Bob,

Thanks for asking.

Will surely get in touch with you whenever required.




At 8:32am on February 18, 2011, John Sharp said…
Would be glad to coauthor. Let me know what you need me to do. My email is
At 10:46am on September 3, 2010, Chris Paton said…
Hi Bob, is there a website for the new edition of the book?
At 10:06pm on December 2, 2009, Dr Vinay.Koparde said…
Hello sir,
I am Dr Vinay from India, as i have completed me degree on Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery and also done Masters of Public health, so can i go for Health informatics
At 8:42pm on June 26, 2009, Unicorn Software Solutions said…
Dear Mr Bob Hoyt,

Greetings from Unicorn Software Solutions.

I take this an opportunity to introduce Unicorn Software Solutions, to you. We are an IT solutions, product development and business consultancy firm with a core competence in health care information system. Innovation meets technology at Unicorn Software Solutions. We don't just develop software applications, but we induce in them great marketing capabilities to make it very distinct in the market. We provide consultation for empowering your business with the aid of technology. Unicorn has developed eMedicalWorld, a web based networking and utility portal for medical industry. Built on Unicorn's mature web application development framework, this product provides innovative marketing solutions and every day used services for medical business stakeholders and adds value to their business processes. Marketing medical products, knowledge sharing, sharing experiences, comparing products, appointments management, searching for information and exhibiting the services has never been so easy like what eMedicalWorld does.Together with the combination of EMR (multi speciality), Patient portal, practise management and ecommerce, emedicalworld will be a unique product in medical informatic domain.

The phase 1 of emedicalworld has been sucessfully completed. It has the features as below

Portfolio Management.
Schedule working time
Manage appointments
Product manager exhibits the services and products
Marketing manager markets the products and services
Easily associate with clinics or multiple hospitals
Knowledge and experiences sharing made easier with Blogs and Forums
Get latest news, events and other info
Post your articles and get rated
Notifications by message manager
Search doctors, hospitals and others.

These are the features we have targetted in phase 2 which is under development.

Clinical Information
Patient Education
Referral System
Billing Management
Chart Management
Online Consultation
Provider Portfolio
User Management
Patient profile
Review of Systems
Patient treatment Plan
Lab Order Management
Chief Complaint Capture
Allergies/ Preventive Screening
Document Management

eMedicalworld will be an interesting and profitable venture for people who are looking for patient portal, EMR, physician practice solution,product marketing solutions and a medical social networking zone. We are looking forward for companies/ partners who can invest in this venture with mutual benefits. Kindly feel free to contact us for a presentation or detailed business plan.

You can contact us at:

India Development Center
221, Pragathi Nagar,
Dr A S Rao Nagar,
Hyderabad - 500062,
Phone: 91 9966210034/ 91 40 40216932
eMail :

USA Operations
Apt 36, 1555 Chestnut St,
Bowling Green,
KY 42101.
United States Of America
Phone: 1 4695199288
Fax : 1 3198568666
eMail :
At 12:06am on June 20, 2009, Gopikrishnan said…
am a bsc nurse planning to do msc medical informatics,and i want to knw more on this,what is the scope of this firm in USA,in india it is at the budding stage,
expecting ur feed back


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