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Comment: Medical (Score 3) 158

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.

Comment: Graduate students (Score 1) 130

by gordonb (#46398091) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Automatically Logging Non-Computerized Equipment Use?
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.

Comment: Banning illegal aliens is shortsighted (Score 4, Insightful) 1698

by gordonb (#30021228) Attached to: Landmark Health Insurance Bill Passes House
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.

After any salary raise, you will have less money at the end of the month than you did before.