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 Biomedical Engineering degree or online Health Informatics Program for a programmer?
I have a BS and MS in Computer Science; I was lucky to be admitted to an MS degree in Biomedical Engineering (probably  with a specialization in Software) at a reputed college (part time, campus). My hope is to use this formal degree as a way to gain entry into health informatics. The pro to this approach is that in the time I spend studying health information technology and policies, I also get a degree. The con is the rigid structure of the program. My other option is to take an online Health Informatics program. The pro is that it is flexible (time wise); the con is that it is valued next to nothing unless you are already in a practicing health IT professional in the field. Please provide your perspective

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ASKED: May 14, 2010  1:59 AM
UPDATED: May 28, 2010  3:57 pm

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I recommend that you look to the EMR vendors. I know that Epic Systems is still hiring many developers and technical services employees out of academic programs. With a MS in CS, you should be able to land a job there. Too many academic qualifications can kill your career aspirations - my 2 cents.
Last Wiki Answer Submitted:  May 28, 2010  3:57 pm  by  FlorianB   195 pts.
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