Workforce Management

The healthcare market is considered resistant to economic recession, but that doesn't mean it's any easier to hire and keep good workers when dollars are in short supply. Hospitals and clinics often outsource business processes such as clinical documentation and billing and revenue cycle, while working to retain care professionals and other core staff. Despite recent economic downturn, healthcare remains one of the fastest-growing job sectors in the United States.

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New York City offers plenty of healthcare and technology jobs, but there's a gap between the work and the skills available, according to a new report from financial services firm JPMorgan Chase.
October 31, 2014
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Here are some quotes from anonymous hospital CIOs that may sound familiar: "Morale is really bad; folks are burned out." "ICD-10 will never happen, we'll just keep spending money on it." "Doing more with less can only go so far." But there are reasons for optimism these days that shouldn't be forgotten.
October 30, 2014
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The American Medical Association launched what its leaders call a first-of-its-kind resource aimed at helping physicians and other healthcare providers improve patient access to care.
October 29, 2014
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There are at least 30 ways to grow patient satisfaction at your healthcare facility, but 10 key service standards should do the trick.
October 28, 2014
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Frustration with electronic health records has never been higher among RNs, with vast majorities complaining of poor workflows, bad communication and scant input on implementation decisions, a new survey shows.
October 20, 2014
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Maine's largest city this past week announced plans to put grant money to work developing a business hub centered around health informatics, with hopes of bringing "high-paying jobs to the city and region."
October 15, 2014
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The U.S. government's new $450 million job training program targets 270 community colleges across the country, many of which plan to offer courses in health IT.
October 8, 2014
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GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt announced today the appointment of John Flannery as president and CEO of GE Healthcare. Flannery succeeds John Dineen, who is leaving GE. The appointment is effective immediately.
October 6, 2014
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As health information managers gathered in San Diego this week for the AHIMA annual convention, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that could result in more workers to fulfill the increasing demand for health IT and data analytics professionals.
September 30, 2014
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Money may talk, but when it comes to creating a great workplace, that talk is barely a whisper. In reading the 25 profiles of this year's winners in Healthcare IT News' 4th annual Best Hospital IT Departments program, you'll see only one reference to salary and benefits.
September 29, 2014
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A lot has been said about ICD-10 over the years, along the winding and surprise-packed road toward the looming Oct. 1, 2015, compliance date. But few have said much about the code set's parallels with one of HBO's biggest hit shows.
September 25, 2014
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A new survey from online jobs search firm HealthITJobs.com reveals that work in health IT results in above-average salaries for many positions in the field, depending on experience, location and gender.
September 19, 2014
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Memorial Hospital of Converse County is a state-of-the-art facility, where Dave Patterson, CIO, understood that their existing email archiving and retrieval system was at a loss. Complying with government mandates and protecting patient and financial information became a challenge for Patterson and his team. Read this case study to learn how MHCC found that implementing an email archiving and business continuity solution was a ‘must have.’ In addition, this report explores the benefits of cloud-based email management, while ensuring regulatory compliance.
November 27, 2012
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Both developed and emerging countries face three global megatrends that will have a crippling impact on their economies and societies if not address in the near future. The most significant trend is a rapidly aging world population. The proportion of the population over the age of 60 is projected to double between 2000 and 2050. At its 2012 Healthcare Innovation Summit, Intel convened several worldwide thought leaders to discuss opportunities to alleviate the impact of global aging, cost growth and workforce shortages.
November 15, 2012
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Healthcare IT professionals are under pressure to deliver complex applications with high performance and security, while tight budgets demand cost reduction initiatives. For this reason, healthcare IT professionals are seeking cloud-based service options that reduce the infrastructure burden on the organization while reducing operating costs and the associated capital investment. Read this Q&A with Judy Hanover, research director at IDC Health Insights as she answers questions about different strategies organizations can use and the benefits of moving to the cloud.
November 7, 2012
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Electronic locks and latches provide enhanced security where healthcare facilities need it the most – on the carts and cabinets that house valuable medical supplies and patient information. Electronic locks provide secure locking and audit trail capabilities that can help healthcare IT managers comply with industry regulations such as HIPAA and <a href="/directory/health-information-technology-economic-and-clinical-health-hitech-act" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">HITECH</a>. This white paper explores opportunities for improved physical security in the healthcare environment and reviews electronic access solutions available to equipment manufacturers.
October 16, 2012
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As more and more hospitals work to incorporate smartphones into their communication network, they have learned important lessons that can help other facilities make a smooth transition. At the end of the day, the goal is to get the right message, to the right person, on the right device, at the right time.
September 4, 2012
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Specialty medicine practices rarely employ a dedicated information technology resource. Durham Nephrology is no exception. The Durham practice navigated the uncharted waters of attesting to <a href="/directory/meaningful-use" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">Meaningful Use</a> under <a href="/directory/health-information-technology-economic-and-clinical-health-hitech-act" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">the HITECH Act</a> of 2009 without the benefit of an IT expert or outside consultant. They implemented an <a href="/directory/electronic-health-record-ehr" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">EHR</a> system in 2003 and believed that an EHR was the only long-term, effective way to organize patient charts and clinical notes. Read this story to find out this resourceful team achieved their goals--and more.
September 4, 2012
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Every HIM initiative - especially clinical documentation - relies on a single common thread for success: the availability and integrity of the right data to drive the correct decisions and follow-on actions. Capturing accurate, complete quality clinical documentation is the most critical and fundamental component in providing quality care, and ultimately has the biggest connection to generating revenue. This white paper describes the risks associated with the lack of a core HIT strategy; identifies HIT strategies that can help manage the complex clinical documentation challenges associated with ICD-10, RAC and ACOs; and provides an overview of existing and emerging technologies that have significant impact on addressing these challenges.
August 2, 2012
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Hospital executives know that traditional cost-cutting methods have reached the point of diminishing return. Reduced reimbursement, increasing regulations, staff reductions, mandatory overtime, and lower capital expenditures have had disastrous effects on care delivery and the overall health of provider institutions. Yet the federal government is asking for more givebacks. You say you can’t squeeze water from a stone, but perhaps you can.
April 17, 2012
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As 2014 begins, I marvel at the evolution of the CIO role from 1997 to 2014.
January 15, 2014
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Maximizing the pharmacy's impact through automation and effective medication management.
January 9, 2014
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Challenges are uncomfortable. In fact, that's the defining characteristic of a challenge. Accepting a new challenge means that you have to be willing to face the fear that may be holding you back.
January 6, 2014
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As a CIO I've had to master the political, communication, and interpersonal skills of leading rather than the technical skills of being a strong individual IT contributor. Along the way, I've learned the difference between commanding and leading.
December 4, 2013
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By taking a comprehensive and integrated approach to self-service, hospitals can not only enhance the patient experience and build patient loyalty, but also improve their organization's efficiency and bottom line at the same time.
October 31, 2013
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Trevor Wilson, a human resources strategist, recently shared three great tips healthcare leaders can use to foster a culture in which employees are actively engaged.
September 30, 2013
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Social media is proving to be a cost-effective catapult for multi-channel campaigns that, as in marketing, help recruiters target and nurture candidates based on their individual preferences.
September 23, 2013
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There are obvious pros and cons to both sides of the debate but it's a "win/win" scenario -- you can't go wrong with either choice but one is more expensive than the other (in terms of dollars and opportunity costs).
July 8, 2013
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Many healthcare organizations are discovering that accountable care reimbursed via global captitated risk contracts requires more primary care physicians and a more tightly coupled delivery network including suburban hospitals, home care, and long term care.
June 26, 2013
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Training healthcare providers to be able to respond to any situation they might find themselves in is crucial to their development as healthcare professionals.
May 6, 2013
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While the Annual Conference & Exhibition is HIMSS' signature event, the organization emphasizes the value of health IT in myriad other ways during the year through the framework of education, exhibition, and networking.
April 4, 2013
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At our Annual Conference held in New Orleans this year, a charismatic and energized speaker named Peggy Parks, professional career coach, gave a talk on personal branding and how to determine whether yours is “plugged or unplugged”.
March 25, 2013
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Practice Fusion, the fastest growing Electronic Medical Record (EMR) community in the US, today announced Edwin Miller as the company's first Vice President of Product Management
June 14, 2011
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JAWOOD is currently interviewing Information Technology professionals for their new healthcare training program. The JAWOOD Healthcare Information Technology Training program or J-HITT was developed to help meet the increasing demand for IT professionals with healthcare specific knowledge.
June 13, 2011
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ImageIQ, an imaging contractresearch organization (CRO) specializing in advanced medical image acquisition, analysis and visualization, today announced the company’s spin-out oftechnology and expertise developed at Cleveland Clinic Innovations. Concurrent with the formation of the company, Cleveland Clinic Innovations announces the appointment of Timothy Kulbago as President and CEO of ImageIQ.
May 26, 2011
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MediConnect Global today announced its plan to hire 100 new employees across multiple departments, including software engineers, operations support and management, medical coders, account management, administration and executive assistants. MediConnect's hiring expansion reflects the company's steep growth trajectory, which is being driven by accelerating demand from the company's rapidly expanding client base.
May 17, 2011
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Just Associates, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in patient data integrity solutions for the health information management (HIM), health informatics and health information technology (HIT) markets, today unveiled IDMaster, an innovative software solution designed to optimize workflow when reviewing and validating potential duplicate patient records.
September 28, 2010
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