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Ask Slashdot: In What Other Occupations Are IT Skills and Background Useful?

gordonb Medical (158 comments)

Over 50% of practices have moved to electronic medical records. Most doctors (all?) are woefully unprepared to administer their networks. Some run servers and host their own EMR; many are moving to hosted "cloud-based" EMRs. There are an increasing number of regulatory burdens such as HIPAA, meaningful use, etc. It's a growth industry.

There are quite a number of freelance consultants and IT providers. You can provide sales, installation, support at the local level or partner with a vendor. Or, work in a large hospital or clinic system.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Automatically Logging Non-Computerized Equipment Use?

gordonb Graduate students (130 comments)

Cheap, available, and renewable.

Seriously. As a graduate student, I was responsible for managing and running a university-wide center for amino acid analysis and protein sequencing. As dedicated staff (namely me) used and maintained the equipment, it was not trashed by poorly-trained users. Proper protocols, sample preparation, calibration, and periodic assay of the standards were all assured.

Other solutions above will monitor access to the equipment, but that is a far cry from ensuring longevity of the equipment or accurate and reproducible results.

about a year ago

Landmark Health Insurance Bill Passes House

gordonb Banning illegal aliens is shortsighted (1698 comments)

You will pay for the health care of illegal aliens - period.

Let me repeat that. Whether they come to the ER without coverage or are enrolled in a government subsidized insurance program, you will pay. At least, in the latter case, they will contribute something and, perhaps, get some earlier care that will avoid expensive hospitalizations.

The bone-headed reflexive anti-immigrant nonsense that passes for debate in the US just saddens me. We really need to upgrade our educational system.

more than 5 years ago

New "Endoscope On a Pill"

gordonb Esophageal Pill Cam (96 comments)

There is an esophageal pill cam which takes images much faster and images the esophagus in the 5-120 seconds the camera is in transit. Check out Given Imaging's site.

about 7 years ago



gordonb gordonb writes  |  more than 8 years ago

gordonb (720772) writes "I got this new MacBook so I can run OS X as well as XP and Linux (as VM's) and "It Just Quits (TM)." The thing randomly shuts down, and I'm not alone! This portable apparently was made in Shenzou by Asus. Apple denies it subs out manufacture to Chinese sweat shops, but I wonder if a few drops did not get onto the motherboard. Has Apple's increased market share stressed their design and manufacturing capabilities and turned then into another mediocre preformer like Dell?"


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