National Health IT Week – September 16-20, 2013 

You may have noticed the use of the following logo floating around these past few days and wondered what it represents. We even have it as the current profile picture for our Twitter handle here.

That’s because this week (September 16-20, 2013) marks the eighth year of National Health IT Week. National Health IT Week is an annual event put on by a collaborative group of healthcare providers, government agencies, insurance companies, research foundations, and healthcare IT vendors to address the growing role of technology in healthcare.

The official National Health IT Week website states that: “Comprehensive health care reform is not possible without system-wide adoption of health information technology, which improves the quality of healthcare delivery, increases patient safety, decreases medical errors, and strengthens the interaction between patients and healthcare providers.”

So how can you get involved?

  • Educate yourself about the healthcare IT climate and current policies and stories. We have a weekly news round-up here.
  • Participate in the HIMSS Value of Health IT Twitter Chat this Friday, Sept. 20 at 12 noon ET. Details here.
  • Look up more National Health IT Week news by searching for the hashtag #NHITweek on social media.

How is your organization celebrating National Health IT Week this year?

Best of Health IT News: Week of 9/12/13 

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.

Healthcare cloud changing “with a vengeance”

Government Health IT reports on the changing climate when it comes to cloud computing in healthcare, as more and more care providers adopt innovative technologies that allow for secure, web-based data access.

ONC to define patient matching best practices

Government Health IT also discusses the ONC’s new project, which seeks best practices for patient matching. With more patient-data matching, the ONC hopes to improve patient care at hospitals.

There’s a Healthcare Piece to New iPhone

The big news in the tech world this week is the unveiling of the new iPhone5S. According to Healthcare IT News, the new version also has a M7 “motion compressor” which could allow it to work as an mHealth device.

Medical Practices Move Health IT to Cloud

According to InformationWeek, medical practices are increasingly looking to adopt cloud-based EHRs. A Black Book survey showed that most hospitals and physicians are seeking to upgrade to new software.

How UPMC Plays to Win in Healthcare IT

InformationWeek interviews UPMC CIO Dan Drawbaugh on how the company is working to improve operations at its hospitals by prioritizing healthcare IT. The company looks to find technology that meets the needs of each service line.  

Heart Failure Management at St. Peter's Hospital  

 

Monday, September 09, 2013 10:50:00 AM

Best of Health IT News: Week of 9/5/13 

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.

3 Ways to Foster Healthcare Innovation

The editors at InformationWeek discuss how organizations can foster a culture of innovation within a healthcare environment. The article also addresses the challenges of doing so in a complex regulatory landscape.

White paper says FDA should change to keep pace with health IT

According to iHealthBeat, a Washington, D.C.-based law firm recently submitted a 12-page white paper to the ONC that suggested the FDA “adopt significant fundamental changes to keep pace with medicine and technology.”

National Health IT week to draw hundreds

September 16-20, 2013 will mark the 8th annual National Health IT Week. According to Healthcare IT News, the event already has 300 sponsoring organizations and will focus on how health IT can support healthcare transformation.

Docs flock to cloud to save bottom line

Also in Healthcare IT News, a new survey finds that 87% of all physician practices agree that their billing and collections systems need upgrading, and would like to move to a product that is accessible through the cloud on any browser or device.

Cloud computing reduces HIPAA compliance risk in managing genomic data

According to Healthcare IT News, cloud-based solutions actually help healthcare organizations reduce their compliance risk. With cloud-based solutions, computer and storage resources are instantly available and on demand. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 8/29/13 

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.

ONC calls for behavioral mHealth in new app challenge

According to EHR Intelligence, the ONC and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration are currently looking for innovative mobile-based solutions to behavioral health disorders and substance abuse. If you are an app developer interested in entering the contest, you can read the rules and details here.

Cloud Computing becoming more prevalent in healthcare

CIOL reports on the rise of cloud computing in the healthcare space. According to the 2013 Desktop Virtualization Trends in Healthcare report, the proliferation of desktop virtualization in healthcare continues to increase.

Health IT spending on pace to top $34.5B

According to FierceHealthIT, healthcare IT spending will reach $34.5 billion in North America in 2014. A recent report by Mercom Capital Group also found that venture capital funding in the healthcare IT sector continues to grow rapidly, with $623 million raised in Q2 of 2013.

Clinical data analytics next big thing

Healthcare IT News makes the argument that the clinical analytics market will be the next big thing as the healthcare world shifts towards new payment models and more and more healthcare facilities adopt electronic health records. Healthcare groups are now looking to analytics solutions for population health management.

Biggest challenges as hospitals prepare for patient portals

Government Health IT discusses some of the challenges as hospitals prepare for patient portals. The article highlights Catholic Health Partners, which is currently working to go live with online bill payment as the first piece of their patient portal. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 8/22/13 

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.

What is the role of social media in electronic health records?

EHR Intelligence covers how many experts – including physicians, lawmakers, and EHR developers – are currently considering ways to integrate social media concepts into the collection and use of electronic health record data.

Health IT talent in high demand

We covered the demand for health IT talent recently here, and Healthcare IT News reports on how healthcare workers are still in high demand – especially in the IT sector.

ONC turns over care compass to patients

PhysBizTech covers the ONC’s new project, MyJourney Compass – a project designed to help patients navigate cancer treatment and become more involved in their healthcare decisions.

Telemedicine improves care for kids seen in rural ERs

Reuters cover a story about how rural hospitals and doctors are now increasingly using telemedicine to gain access to specialty care for patients in rural areas. By seeking expert help remotely, rural doctors can improve quality of care for their patient populations.

Early follow-up, physician continuity may boost HF survival

In Cardiology Today, research finds that physician continuity and early follow-up after discharge are associated with lower mortality and urgent hospital readmission among patients with heart failure.

 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 8/15/13 

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.

10 memorable ways Mostashari promoted HIT

With the big news of Farzad Mostashari’s departure from the ONC, Government Health IT leads us through ten highlights from his time at the ONC, and how he worked to promote the wider adoption of healthcare IT.

6 steps to health information superiority

In Government Health IT, we see six ways in which organizations can use the healthcare data resources available in order to improve clinical and business outcomes.

ONC announces Health IT Fellows to advance meaningful use

EHR Intelligence covers the ONC’s announcement of its inaugural class of Health IT Fellows. The 28 practicing providers and office staff were chosen for their success with meaningful use and will help providers overcome the challenges of EHR adoption through peer mentoring.

Nearly 7,500 Meaningful Use Payments Awarded in July, Official Says

iHealthBeat reports on how a CMS official recently announced that nearly 7,500 meaningful use incentive payments were distributed in July 2013.

Thursday, August 15, 2013 10:20:00 AM Categories: best practices EHR healthcare today HIT hospitals industry news ONC

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

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.

Farzad Mostashari to Leave Federal Health IT Office  

The Washington Post covers the big news in healthcare this week, which is that Farzad Mostashari has announced that he will be stepping down as the National Health IT Coordinator.

Mostashari’s letter to ONC

To get a full view of the complete email that Farzad Mostashari sent to ONC staff, head on over to Government Health IT.

12 Cardiology Center Openings and Expansions

Becker’s Hospital Review publishes a list of 12 cardiology center openings and expansions that happened in the past month.

Will Healthcare Look to Zappos for Inspiration – or to Comcast?

Forbes poses an interesting question: as the healthcare industry becomes increasingly customer service based, how will healthcare providers have to start changing their business models to meet the needs of patients?

Why big data, healthcare analytics require key partnerships

EHR Intelligence discusses how healthcare organizations and providers can transition from reactive to proactive care, and how health IT tools help in predicting patient outcomes and providing intervention.

 

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.

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