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

Reports to: Department Head Research Africa

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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 in…

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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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Hi everyone,I have a bachelor degree in liberal arts and science and been working as a respiratory therapist for 2 years in a hospital based environment. As a respiratory therapist, I work everywhere through out the hospital in the clinical settings from ER, nicu, intensive care ect... I would like to pursue a career in masters of healthcare informatics but I'm not sure if it's the right decision as I have no IT background.My questions are, would I be of disadvantage in the program and work…

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Guidance on Health Informatics

Hi All, Greetings! I really want some good advice on following questions. Quick background -->I recently moved to Boston from India and i have done Bachelors Of Dental Surgery in India. Currently i am looking forward to pursue MS in Health Informatics, but i have a few queries which i would really appreciate good advice on. 1) Being a Dentist, is the given field, a good choice for me, as i have zero knowledge in the IT section and would it be that hard for me to cope up as i am from a…

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We need your help for class.

Hello everyone!   We are working on a group project for school and could really use some help. The objective of this project is to improve the checking-in process at clinics and hospitals. The goal is to go completely paperless and develop an electronic solution to this tedious task. Please take the short survey below, any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XG36HL3

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Introduction to Health IT

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Installation and Maintenance of Health IT Systems

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Configuring Electronic Health Records

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Standards, Networking and Health Information Exchange

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Vendor-Specific Electronic Health Records (EHR) Systems

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Working with Health IT Systems

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Planning, Management and Leadership for Health IT

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Quality Improvement in Health IT

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Health Workflow Process Analysis & Redesign

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History of Health Information Technology in the U.S.

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