Best of Health IT News: Week of 8/1/13 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

Patient Groups Tell Feds Not to Rush Health IT Regulations

iHealthBeat covers the latest news that 15 patient advocacy organizations recently sent a letter to federal officials urging them not to rush a federal work group on the development of a risk-based regulatory framework for the health IT industry.  

In healthcare, technology, business growth synergistic

FierceHealthIT reports on how manufacturers are going to play a large role in the growth of the healthcare industry over the next decade.

How can big data, analytics make healthcare more meaningful?

EHR Intelligence explores the role of data and analytics in healthcare. According to the website, as healthcare becomes more evidence-based, organizations will need to track factors in the delivery of quality care.

ONC Unveils Final Health IT Safety Plan

In iHealthBeat, the big news is that the ONC has released a final version of its Health IT Patient Safety Action and Surveillance Plan. The plan is a part of the government’s efforts to ensure the safety of electronic health records and other health IT tools.

Hospitals, docs see $161M payout for health IT investments

The Hartford Business Journal covers how Connecticut hospitals and physicians are bringing in millions of dollars in federal incentives for purchasing and using health IT systems. 

Thursday, August 01, 2013 3:23:00 PM Categories: analytics electronic health records health IT HIT hospitals industry news ONC

Building Your Healthcare IT Team: How to Find the Right Talent 

According to a recent HIMSS Analytics’ survey, there’s one industry where job growth isn’t slowing – and that’s in healthcare IT. According to the survey, which focused on the healthcare IT workforce, more than 85% of survey respondents said that they had hired at least one employee in 2012. And on top of that, 79% of respondents indicated that they were looking to hire additional staff in the coming 12 months.

In fact, organizations are currently having a difficult time hiring enough candidates to fulfill projects and meet deadlines. Though outsourcing projects is an option, this presents a problem once healthcare organizations need to sustain IT systems with upgrades, modifications, and more.

As EHR adoption continues to ramp up, healthcare organizations are facing a challenge when it comes to hiring for their IT teams. Nearly half of respondents said that they had to place an IT initiative on hold due to staffing shortages. Even when businesses did find candidates who fit their needs, a quarter of respondents said that other offers took away their IT employees – thereby impacting the business and putting projects like EHR upgrades, integrations, and new system installations on hold.

 As salaries for IT leaders in healthcare continue to grow and the hiring market becomes more competitive, what should hospitals and healthcare facilities do when looking for the right talent?

LUMEDX Senior Technical Recruiter Josh Jozwik shares some thoughts on why healthcare leaders need to start hiring IT personnel to keep up with competing businesses – and how to seek that talent.

Why should we invest in IT personnel?

Josh explains that the benefits of investing in IT personnel are apparent. “Organizations can realize significant ROI to improve and optimize operational, financial, and clinical outcomes by utilizing existing and new IT systems and solutions,” he says. “Specialized healthcare IT professionals can fulfill roles from custom module software development to systems administration, data analytics, and business intelligence.”

In this increasingly competitive marketplace for experienced healthcare IT talent, how do organizations win?

As a recruiter, Josh understands that organizations have to be creative when it comes to staffing for IT positions.

“Although traditional methods of HR job postings or using outsourced headhunters can bring mixed results, finding creative solutions to recruiting the best talent does not have to be an ordeal,” he says. “Organizations can focus on internal talent and equity to fulfill healthcare IT staffing initiatives by encouraging less technical staff to enroll in college or online certification programs such as database development, analytics or business intelligence report development, and training courses from healthcare IT vendors like LUMEDX.”

What about social media?

“You have to successfully brand your organization as an ‘employer of choice’ in order to attract top candidates,” Josh says. “This can be achieved with low cost marketing campaigns leveraging social media channels such as LinkedIn and Twitter. Both active and passive candidates can be found on a channel like LinkedIn, and HR recruiters can locate and network with specialized professionals who fit their hiring profile. If you’re looking for a job or are looking to hire the right candidate, you should be on these kinds of channels.”

What are your thoughts on hiring for healthcare IT right now? Sound off with your thoughts and ideas in the comments below.

Best of Health IT News: Week of 7/25/13 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

AHA urges quality reporting slowdown

Healthcare IT news reports on the AHA’s recommendation to slow the transition to electronic quality reporting with fewer but better-tested measures.

Report: many EHR users set to replace systems within the next year

A report from Black Book Rankings found that 17% of physician practices are looking to switch their EHR vendors by the end of 2013.

5 tips for attaining real-time claims

Healthcare Finance News shares useful tips on how adopting new technologies could help improve your business’s bottom line.  

Healthcare overhaul leads hospitals to focus on patient satisfaction

From the LA Times, we see how the national healthcare overhaul has led to a higher focus on patient experiences. Because federal payments are tied to surveys, hospitals need to “ensure that every patient and family has the best possible experience when they are hospitalized.”

 

Thursday, July 25, 2013 10:55:00 AM Categories: data HIT hospitals industry news patient experience of care patient satisfaction

Best of Health IT News: Week of 7/18/13 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

EHRs ‘transforming’ care, says Tavenner

Healthcare IT News covers the news of how EHRs are becoming widely adopted and are transforming care. 80% of eligible hospitals and more than 50% of eligible professionals have adopted EHRs and received meaningful use incentive payments.

Physician’s take on transition to Stage 2 Meaningful Use

Dr. Manuel Lowenhaupt talks to EHR Intelligence about strategies that healthcare organizations and providers can use to take on meaningful use. He covers how to prepare for meaningful use, as well as strategies for involving staffers and colleagues effectively.

Availability of cardiac CT streamlines cath lab use, lowers costs

TheHeart.org covers a study that found that when CT screening became available, the cost of diagnostic tests and percentage of repeat patients goes down.

What are top business challenges, prospects for physicians?

In EHR Intelligence, a study of 300 physicians shows that the top three business challenges for physicians are: managing shifting reimbursements with payors, financial management, and spending time with patients.

Health IT hiring remains a challenge

FierceHealthIT reports on how healthcare IT is currently a hot job market and how many healthcare providers have had to put IT projects on hold due to staff shortages.

Thursday, July 18, 2013 8:49:00 AM Categories: cardiology electronic health records health IT HIT hospitals industry news

Best of Health IT News: Week of 7/11/13 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

These Graphs Show How Fast Hospitals Are Adopting Computers – And How Far They Have to Go

In Forbes, we see a visual representation of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s annual report on health information technology in the United States. The graphs show that hospitals are adopting healthcare IT at a rapid pace, but that there is still a need for hospitals to continue investing in technology.

Cardio Notes: ICD Codes Don’t Capture All Strokes

According to Med Page Today, researchers have found that an uncommon type of stroke needs its own ICD-9 code. Cardiologists and researchers believe that with a dedicated or modified code, they would be able to identify these cases more accurately.

5 Ways IT helps make sense of costs

Jeff Rowe of Healthcare IT News discusses the different ways in which adopting healthcare IT can help a facility to collect and synthesize cost data.

Healthcare jobs growth tops all others

Healthcare IT News reports on the growth of jobs in the healthcare space. According to Brookings Institution, the healthcare industry has added 2.6 million jobs in the U.S. in the past decade – accounting for a 22.7 percent employment growth.

New health data outs doctors whose patients die more often

VentureBeat covers a new plan from the U.K. government that requires doctors and consultants to submit performance data in order to show patients how different healthcare providers across England are performing.

 

Snapshots from ASE 2013  

Last week, LUMEDX took a trip to Minneapolis to attend ASE 2013. Here are some pictures we took during the week -- from set-up to the actual event.

We enjoyed meeting everyone and look forward to next year's conference!

Tuesday, July 09, 2013 9:54:00 AM Categories: ASE Lumedx

Guest Post on EMR Daily News  

Today on EMR Daily News, LUMEDX consultants David Wayne and Gus Gilbertson discuss how predictive analytics can transform healthcare facilities. The post, "Leveraging Meaningful Data in Healthcare," takes readers through a step-by-step process of how to effectively use data in decision making.

To learn more about the LUMEDX Consulting Group, visit our website here 

New Paper from LUMEDX: Transforming Pediatric Echocardiography  

LUMEDX has published a new position paper, "Transforming Pediatric Echo Management: Breakthroughs in CVIS." The paper focuses on pediatric cardiology programs and how they can increase efficiency in diagnosis and treatment by deploying information systems that deliver immediate access to complete, longitudinal patient records.

Topics addressed in the paper include:

  • Consequences of delayed time to action in pediatric heart programs
  • How linking fetal and post-natal patient records enables more comprehensive patient reports
  • Data access and sharing as a crucial component of the pediatric healthcare organization
  • The need for connected systems to accelerate fully informed diagnosis and treatment decisions
  • Why incorporating diagnostic coding such as IPCCC, ICD 9 and CPT into reports supports efficient billing and improved reimbursement

Click here to request the paper.

Friday, June 28, 2013 10:46:00 AM Categories: hospitals industry news Lumedx pediatric cardiology

Best of Health IT News: Week of 6/27/13 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

VA envisions an app-based future for health IT

Kathleen Frisbee, director of web and mobile solutions at the Veterans Affairs Department, discussed the future of health and mobile applications at a recent event. FierceMobile Government covers Frisbee’s statements, which were in line with comments from DoD officials.

Cloud could save health industry $11B, study says

Government Health IT covers a recent report by MeriTalk, which shows that 90% of healthcare CIOs view IT innovation as critical to success.

Healthcare IT market destined to boom in the coming five years

According to ZDNet, a new study by RnR Market Research projects that the North American healthcare IT market will see $10 billion in market growth in the next five years.

CHIME, others want feds to take their time with health IT regulation

FierceHealthIT covers a letter sent to the Obama Administration by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, the American Medical Informatics Association, and other healthcare information technology stakeholders. In the letter, the organizations asked for health IT to be “implemented in a balanced way.” 

Thursday, June 27, 2013 10:39:00 AM Categories: electronic health records HIT hospitals industry news

My Job at LUMEDX: Barbara O'Brien  

Product Education Trainer Learns Something New Every Day

Barbara O’Brien is a Product Education Trainer at LUMEDX. She also is the voice behind the demos of LUMEDX’s free e-learning materials, which consist of step-by-step lessons, video demos, PDF guides, and task simulations that can be accessed 24/7.

What do you do at LUMEDX?

I work as a LUMEDX software product education trainer and conduct on-site instruction in Bellevue, on-site training at hospitals, and webinar classes. I started out in the Training department 10 years ago as a Documentation Writer, and I plan to stay here. Within six months of starting, I moved from being a writer to a trainer. Amazingly, I love what I do now just as much as I did when I first started. The job changes, but so do I.

I work with two other long-term employees. Even though I’ve been here for 10 years, I still find that my colleagues are great mentors and have helped me grow in my career. At work, I always try to represent the company in the most positive and professional manner possible. If I didn’t, my mom would yell at me!

What have you learned from working with our clients?

In working with our clients, I’ve learned that training is not a one-way street. We’re all students. I have never taught a class where I haven’t learned something from a student. After each class, I’m a little smarter. With any luck, the students are too!

What is your favorite part of working with our clients?

I love helping clinical staff make improvements that save lives.

I also like the challenge of working with software. Software is like anything else in life – you have to understand it to love it. And to understand it, you have to spend time with it. It’s incredibly fun and gratifying to get our customers to the point where they love the software and completely understand it.

How has your experience working at LUMEDX changed over the years?

There have been a couple ways in which my experience has changed over the years:

Teaching Method

Ten years ago, I was a young and naïve trainer. I thought that when you taught, you used an agenda, went through all the topics, and called it a day. Students would either get it or not. Now, I know that people learn in different ways. It’s my job to teach and to help our clients succeed. If someone doesn’t understand at first, it’s my responsibility to come at the subject from a different angle until they grasp the concept.

Comprehension

I’ve heard people say that you know you’ve fully comprehended a subject when you can teach it to your grandmother.  Over the years, I’ve learned that it’s not just important to teach students how to follow steps – they need to be able to understand the steps well enough to teach them to someone else. Now I try to always incorporate a “why” element into every subject that I teach. Asking why you’re doing something helps students achieve fuller comprehension.

Are there any aspects of your job that have surprised you?

Yes! After 10 years at a job, I thought I’d get bored. I’m not at all. I don’t think monotony will ever arrive, since every day brings something new. I learn new things daily, whether it’s a technical skill, a clinical aspect, or even a valuable life lesson – it doesn’t matter.

I’ve learned that I need to be receptive to learning something every day – and that learning is exciting. My hope is to impart some of what I learn to my students in a way that keeps them as excited about learning as I am!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 8:31:00 AM Categories: careers health information technology health IT HIT industry news Lumedx
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