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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.
Susan_Nunziata
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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?
Thomas Claburn
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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.
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?
Gary_EL
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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.
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jastroff,
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8/2/2014 | 7:19:06 PM
Re: Telepresence role
I agree, but I find that most of my doctors have stopped their IT education with email and health portals. I don't know where they will get the time for more technology training with their busy days.
PedroGonzales
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PedroGonzales,
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8/3/2014 | 5:34:15 PM
Re: Telepresence role
I think doctors have no choice but adapt and try to learn how to use technology in their field better.  There is a strong government push to use technology to improve our health care.  Health workers who do not use their new medical technology can have a negative impact on their patients' lives.
Michelle
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Michelle,
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8/3/2014 | 10:37:40 PM
Re: Medical doctors have too much to do as it is
That's an option. I suspect many physicians will spend time learning only the minimum they need to enter patient information to save time.
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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8/4/2014 | 2:13:14 AM
Re: Medical doctors have too much to do as it is
Gary, 

 "IT pros don't do brain surgery, and there is no need for doctors to become computer experts"

There is a need for doctors to learn how to do brain surgery in the 21st century. This means they need to learn how to use technology in the operation room. iPads, Google Glass, and robots are already being used to assist surgeons. It's the surgeon the one who needs to be operating the devices, not the IT pro. 

-Susan
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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8/4/2014 | 4:29:12 AM
There is a need for more healthcare technology academies
SusanN, 

"Are TAMHSC and Dell on the right track with their healthcare technology academy?"

Yes, they definitely are. More initiatives like this one is what is going to help physicians get into the health technology track, which they need to practice medicine in the 21st century. 

"Is it necessary for a new discipline to emerge that combines clinical know-how with technological skill, a sort of Dr. CIO?"

Maybe not a Dr. CIO, but something close to that. The fact is that a doctor without any technological knowledge who doesn't know how to use simple devices such as an iPad, Google Glass, or a surgical robot to assist them in their medical practice are going to be so behind that either learn quickly and adapt to the changes, or change career. 

"Also, what are your biggest concerns about EHRs and the increasingly tech-dependent state of healthcare?"

I don't have any concerns about EHRs other than thinking that the slow adoption by some physicians is really worrysome. EHRs are not something new. They have been around for many years now. And yet, the discussions around EHRs are always, always, always the same. :/ The good thing is that the state of EHRs adoption in Europe is much higher than in the US, and moving quickly. 

I don't have any concerns about the increasing tech-dependant state of heathcare either. On the contrary. I believe it is simply a logical consequence of today's tech-dependant society. This is not bad. It means advancement. It mean evolution. This requires adaptation, which is always necessary as part of any evolutionary process.   

Good questions, Susan. Do I get a golden star for answering to all the questions? :) Maybe a candy, too? :D

-SusanF
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