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Gary_EL
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8/2/2014 | 4:21:26 PM
Medical doctors have too much to do as it is
Medical doctors have too much to do as it is, and there is no shortage of unemployed IT pros around. Rehire those people and train them in the new technologies. The docs themselves only need to be trained to the absolute minimum, which is whatever can't be delegated to others on a practical basis. IT pros don't do brain surgery, and there is no need for doctors to become computer experts, unless they want to do it for fun as a hobby, in which case I recommend Arduino boards.
Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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8/2/2014 | 7:00:59 AM
Re: Telepresence role
The world is becomming more and more integrated. For health pros, IT skill is an essential part as well. So it's of no surprise to see this trend. It will take sometime for health pros to get to used to this transformation. But it really depends on the individuals - how much passion you have?
Thomas Claburn
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8/1/2014 | 7:34:11 PM
Re: Telepresence role
Really, all employers should be encouraging employees to enhance their knowledge and skills using online courses or real-world schools. We should all strive to be learning all the time. Think of it as an exercise routine for our brains.
Susan_Nunziata
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8/1/2014 | 1:55:07 PM
Re: Telepresence role
@Laurianne: That's excellent advice, and most of the CIOs and other IT folks I've met in healthcare do show that commitment and enthusiasm. One CIO I interviewed at a major healthcare organization a couple of years ago said, "I'm not responsible for technology, I'm responsible for helping to save people's lives."

It will be interesting to watch as new generations of tech savvy medical students continue to graduate, whether healthcare technology will remain as challenging as it seems to be right now for the practitioners.

What do you think?
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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8/1/2014 | 12:58:56 PM
Telepresence role
A reader points out via Twitter that telepresence and e-learning programs are helping doctors get tech training as well. The issue of whether healthcare IT pros must have medical training is a hot one for our readers...what I have been told by healthcare CIOs is it helps but if you show passion for healthcare, you can work your way onto their teams. But contact people on the team directly so you don't get weeded out.
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