Focus on Workforce Development

Workforce development: Your organization is only as strong as its people

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the United States will see a shortage of between 46,900 and 121,900 physicians by 2032, including both primary care doctors and specialists. How can you minimize the effect of this trend on your healthcare organization? How can you recruit the best people, retain talent you have and ensure a diverse workforce that reflects the patients you serve?

In the month of July, we'll speak to experts about how they're managing their workforces – not just clinicians, but IT departments, data scientists, care managers, back office staff and others. We'll also look at how those healthcare workforces are changing – and how they ought to be changing – in the face of automation, value-based reimbursement, telemedicine, consumerism and other emerging trends and new technologies.

What you need to know

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Health system boards don't do enough IT oversight, report shows

by Nathan Eddy

And that's because too many board members don't have the right level of IT and security expertise, a new Black Book report suggests.

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John Muir Health outsources IT, revenue cycle, analytics and more to Optum

by Mike Miliard

As part of the deal, which involves nonclinical technologies, about 540 health system staff will become Optum employees.

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Health insurers must get creative with benefits to fill critical vacancies

by Susan Morse

Competition, an aging workforce, an outdated image contribute to staffing shortages for the health insurance industry.

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Investments in healthcare apprenticeships can offer substantial ROI, says AHIMA

by Mike Miliard

The list of healthcare jobs the AHIMA Foundation program can help fill and upskill is long and varied, including clinical documentation improvement specialists, data analysts, medical and clinical lab techs, privacy and security officers and more.

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Massachusetts to fund pilots expanding digital training for entry-level healthcare workers

by Mike Miliard
Commonwealth Corporation, a workforce development agency that works to boost the skills of Massachus
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At Legacy Health, a career progression mapping program aids workforce development

by Bill Siwicki

The program is a labor of love for the health system’s chief information and administrative officer. And it’s helping entry level employees in IT move up to principal engineer/senior analyst.

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Telemedicine is poised to grow as its popularity increases among physicians and patients

by Jeff Lagasse

Physicians of almost all age groups show an interest in pursuing telemedicine jobs or service lines.

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Siemens Healthineers, University of Missouri partner on precision med, digital innovation

by Nathan Eddy

The 10-year initiative will focus on workforce development, education and training for next-generation care delivery.

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How involving the workforce can benefit digital health system design

by HIMSS TV

When developing a digital health system, it's crucial that the workforce be involved in the design process, says Kaija Saranto, professor in Health and Human Services Informatics at the University of Eastern Finland.

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ABB brings robotics to new healthcare hub at Texas Medical Center

by Bill Siwicki

The vendor’s research team will work on the Houston-based provider organization’s campus with medical staff, scientists and engineers to develop non-surgical medical robotics systems.

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AI and virtual care are changing the healthcare workforce

by Mike Miliard

Accenture's Kaveh Safavi discusses healthcare's outsized spend on labor – and how machine learning, telehealth and consumerism are transforming how work is done and who does it.

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At one specialty provider, new IT recruits shadow staff to acclimate to unique organizational needs

by Bill Siwicki

Deborah Heart and Lung Center’s workforce development program for its health IT team centers around staff experts who teach new recruits about how technology works there – and across the wider healthcare industry.

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Demand for specialists driving physician recruitment while primary care hiring is down

by Jeff Lagasse

In its review of physician supply and demand, the Association of American Medical Colleges projects a shortage of up to 67,000 specialists by 2032.

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Healthcare industry adds close to 35,000 jobs in June

by Susan Morse

While the unemployment rate remains relatively unchanged at 3.7 percent, the unemployment rate for hospitals stands at about 1.6 percent.

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New data resource reveals highly variable staffing at nursing homes

by Jeff Lagasse

More than half of facilities met the expected level of staffing less than 20% of the time during the one-year study period.

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EHR messaging improvements could be key to reducing physician burnout

by Mike Miliard

A study in Health Affairs finds that strategies for managing how in-basket messages are generated and presented could improve the job satisfaction of frontline clinical staff.

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UnitedHealth invests more than $8M in HBCU data science training

by Mike Miliard

The money will help Atlanta University Center Consortium Data Science Initiative improve education in healthcare analytics at historically black colleges and universities.

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Healthcare workforce development: New strategies for new demands

by Mike Miliard

As hospitals and ambulatory sites grapple with the challenges of quality improvement, value-based care, cybersecurity and more, the size and shape of the workforce is changing as technology and imperatives evolve.

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RWJBarnabas Health receives grant to fund career development for its frontline workers

by Susan Morse

The grant will advance careers in an industry short on labor.

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Nonprofit hospitals in Virginia garnish wages more often than for-profit hospitals, yielding only small payoffs

by Jeff Lagasse

More than 70% of Virginia hospitals that garnish wages are nonprofit, and the money collected is only a tiny percentage of revenue.

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Shorter rotations in intensive care units mitigate burnout among physicians

by Jeff Lagasse

Nearly half of the 10,000 critical care physicians practicing in the U.S. reported symptoms of severe burnout.

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Building an analytics team? Take lessons from a garage band

by HIMSS TV

Chad Konchak, assistant vice president of Clinical Analytics at NorthShore University HealthSystem, says the challenge is not so much in the technology development but in the cultural maturity for people to realize what the data can do for them.

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Why health professionals need to be cautious on social media

by Jeff Lagasse

Just one subtle comment expressing workplace frustration was enough for people to view someone as a less credible health professional.

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Adding the right talent to get value from massive amounts of data

by HIMSS TV

Providence St. Joseph Health brought in a chief medical analytics officer who is a physician and data scientist, so he is able to understand clinical context as well as data structure, says CCO Amy Compton-Phillips.

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AI-powered clinical documentation boosts patient satisfaction and physician well-being

by Bill Siwicki

With the new tech, Indiana group practice Community Health Network is aiming for more ambient physician experiences that leverage smarter, artificial intelligence-driven workflows.

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Acquisitions, partnerships with academic medical centers an emerging workforce trend

by Jeff Lagasse

Some health systems are viewing these academic medical center acquisitions as a means of getting closer to the talent pipeline.

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Why healthcare organizations need execs with social sensitivity

by HIMSS TV

Practicing empathy can improve patient experience even when it happens someplace consumers don't see directly, says Fortune Magazine Senior Editor at Large Geoff Colvin.

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Healthcare hiring dipped in May, continuing trend

by Jeff Lagasse

Although hiring in healthcare has slowed, the trend has been positive overall, with the industry adding about 391,000 jobs over the past 12 months.

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How WAMBI recognition platform is affecting physicians' morale

by HIMSS TV

WAMBI CEO Rebecca Metter discusses how looking at the clinician and patient experience through the same lens strengthens bonds between caregivers and patients.

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Doctors rarely aware of online feedback from patients

by Nathan Eddy

Moreover, the majority of respondents to a new survey had never encouraged patients to leave online feedback in the first place, although feedback on reviews or ratings sites was seen as more useful than social media feedback to help improve services.

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Helping women entrepreneurs 'springboard' into health IT marketplace

by HIMSS TV

Springboard Enterprises Director Rebecca MacKinnon details how her firm helps with leadership development for female entrepreneurs.

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Transformers in chief - navigating digital redesign

by Nathan Eddy

The elite corps of chief digital officers emerging today are both business-minded and tech-savvy and use those skills to rethink operations.

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Death Over Dinners bring healing, insights to doctors

by HIMSS TV

Death Over Dinner founder Michael Hebb discusses the platform for talking about the fact that we all die and how it is helping healthcare professionals deal with patients lost.

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EHR training is biggest predictor of user satisfaction, experts say

by Mike Miliard

A better clinician experience makes for higher-quality patient care, according to a new report from KLAS' Arch Collaborative, which makes the case for bigger investment in end-user education.

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Cybersecurity is a team sport, and information sharing is key

by Benjamin Harris

Healthcare systems need to collaborate on defense and rely on AI and machine learning to respond to new threats, study finds.

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Clinicians gaining tools to communicate effectively and with empathy

by HIMSS TV

Steven Kaplan, MD, associate chief medical officer at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, discusses how communication and empathy workshops are resulting in clinicians feeling better about the care they deliver and how they communicate with patients.

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As technology proliferates, human factors matter more than ever for healthcare

by Mike Miliard

Even as EHRs, telemedicine and AI continue to transform clinical practice, certain core human qualities – civility, respect, empathy, collaboration – are "what make us valuable."

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With medical groups employing more physicians, a leader with the right skill set is paramount

by Jeff Lagasse

Any medical group requires a strong leader, and the most important qualities to look for are dependent on the needs of the organization.

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How one doc fought back against physician burnout

by Mike Miliard

Too many well-meaning providers are "yessing" themselves into serious overwork, putting their health and their patients' health at risk, says one doctor who learned that the hard way – and did something to fix it.

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Health system leaders value nurse innovation skills -- just not at the leadership level, study says

by Jeff Lagasse

Just 31 percent of clinical leaders have a designated nursing leader whose primary responsibility is innovation.

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Nurses are well-positioned to lead innovation and digital transformation

by Mike Miliard

More and more health systems are taking steps to "fully unleash nurse innovators at the leadership level," a new report shows, tapping their specialized expertise for technology deployment, process improvement, patient experience and more.

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Bringing together women innovators in myriad health industries

by HIMSS TV

Women from around the world gathered at a preconference event at MedInIsrael in Tel Aviv to share their experiences with healthcare and innovation. Oranit Ido, chairwoman of mHealth Women, has the recap.

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Wording in medical student evaluations differ by gender, minority status, revealing potential bias

by Jeff Lagasse

Evaluators often used personal descriptors to describe a student's performance, and they used strikingly different words for men and for women.

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Meru says digital health app can help prevent physician suicide

by HIMSS TV

A digital behavioral health app can interrupt the downward spiral that leads 400 physicians each year to take their own lives, claims Meru Health Vice President Emily Hines.

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Getting clinicians on board with latest healthcare tech

by HIMSS TV

Prof. Jane Griffiths, associate professor and chief nursing information officer at the Dubai Health Authority, says for game-changing tech to be effective, technology partners and clinical partners must be on the same page.