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NHS.UK Moves to Beta

The UK is developing a new digital health and care service called NHS.UK. This has been in alpha for the past few months with a team working on various ideas and building prototypes and testing them with users. DigitalHealth.net has a nice overview with an interview with Dan Sheldon, the strategy lead for NHS.uk.

The NHS.uk service is now…

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Apple Announces CareKit

Apple have just announced a new open source framework to allow developers to build healthcare apps that use the 6 CareKit modules.

The modules are:

  • Care Card: this module manages task that a patient needs to perform as part of their treatment such as taking a medication or changing a wound dressing.
  • Symptom and Measurement Tracker: this module helps patients evaluate the effectiveness of a treatment plan and manages tasks such as…
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-- CALL FOR PAPERS EH 2016 - Deadline for submissions (1st call extension): 14 March 2016 --

8th International Conference e-Health 2016
Funchal, Madeira, Portugal, 1 - 3 July 2016
(http://www.ehealth-conf.org/)
Part of the Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems (MCCSIS 2016)
Funchal, Madeira, Portugal, 1 - 4 July 2016
(http://www.mccsis.org)

* Keynote Speaker (confirmed):
Dr. Malcolm J. Fisk, Senior Research Fellow, Centre…

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Health Information Exchange questions

Hello. I am a student at Arizona State University and I have some questions about sharing health information between clinics. I am taking a class where we are learning about how humans affect the way healthcare systems are created. We have a project where we need to analyze some kind of healthcare system. My idea is to look at recent software solutions to help exchange patient information between different clinics. Some patients need to see various specialists to treat their problems. There is…

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Mentors/internships

Hello everyone My name is Egbe and I am new in Informatics field. I have a Bachelors degree in Health Administration in 2014 and I am working on my Masters degree in Health Informatics. Now I do not have any clinical or informatics background. I have zero background in Health Informatics or anything related to medical records or ICD 9 OR 10. My first thought was to volunteer at a hospital in the medical records department which I start in May. But what else do I need to do to get my foot in the…

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Interested to build career in Healthcare Informatics- Need expert advice

Hi All, Greetings! Myself a healthcare professional with more than 7 years of experience. My experience lies in various healthcare projects in consultancy and research work on subjects like hospital planning and management, public health, healthcare quality assurance, NABH accreditation, Indian health system strengthening etc. Considering my gathered experience I believe a lot of the gaps can be solved through healthcare informatics and so hence it is my interest area to pursue further. But…

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e-Referrals (Choose and Book) - this system allows GPs to send electronic information to specialists when they refer a patient and also allows the patient to update appointments etc…"
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