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I am now around 50 years of age. I would like to shift from Medical Device Industry to Health IT. I was Country Technical Specialist in CT in Philips Healthcare but due to an on-duty road accident, I can not take an on-field technical job anymore. Can you please suggest whether I should shift my career now and whether I will face discrimination now? If that is not an issue what recognized course or certification I should do to get a decent job anywhere globally mainly at Canada or Australia or Europe or can earn from home? I am a 3 years Diploma Holder in Electrical Engg. followed by one uear Post Diploma in Medical Electronics Regards, Prasanta Bose


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  • ToddN2000
    What area of health IT are you looking at, networking, coding, database administration or another area? At your age, it might be a little tougher to find a new position due to lack of experience in the new field you are trying to pursue. Not impossible just a bit harder. There are a bunch of good tech schools that can provide the training, we just need to know what your new dream job would be to point you in a good direction to further your training. 
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  • prasantabose1
    Thank you. As I am purely from Technical background, I was thinking of complete certification such as Registered Health Information Administrator OR Certified Healthcare Technology Specialist Exams. Both are run by AHIMA, USA. Is one of them could be a good choice? Or you may advise something more relevant and good career prospects? Regards, Prasanta Bose
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  • Subhendu Sen
    If you are USA based, you can go for certification that you mentioned. While at the age of fifty, a long course may not possible to take currently.
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  • ToddN2000
    Check out a few sites that offer that kind of specialized training and certification. Like this one, Univ of Wisc. ,  that offers an online chat feature. They may be able to point you in a good direction. You don't have to use them for your training but they can provide some good feedback.  
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Yes, please, you can sit face to face discussions with a good consultant nearby your area and tell your current situation. They may provide more help & this can be fruitful result for you.
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  • prasantabose1
    I sincerely thank all of you for your guidance. Mr. Todd Nashville's reference to university of Wisconsin was really helpful. I was a ready for a degree from same university for HIMT online degree but at present it is beyond my capacity. So I have decided to complete HL7 fHIR certification on interoperability as it is the nearest touch  point to enter Health IT sector from Medical Devices field (CT, MRI, PET- CT). Lateron I can plan for EHR Database Administration.
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