5 Positive Trends for HIT Job Growth in 2014

The economic impact of the Affordable Care Act remains unclear in its early stages, but should prove a boon for healthcare job seekers and, specifically, HIT professionals.  In addition, these five industry trends point to another year of opportunity and HIT job growth in 2014. HITECH Act Analysis of the healthcare job market from 2007-2011 […]

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Eight “Ates” for Managing Change in Healthcare IT

In the fifth century B.C., Heraclitus said, “You cannot step into the same stream twice.” This metaphorical insight is frequently acknowledged but oft not appreciated. All things, both living and inanimate, are changing. We have no choice, as change is inevitable, but managing change is possible. Without planning and consideration, we may be swept away […]

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How the Nation Transitioned to Health IT (Infographic)

When the Health Information and Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act was passed in 2009, the road from paper to electronic health records seemed steep - and long.  But four years later, considerable progress has been made in EHR adoption, from hospitals and facilities to physicians and pharmacists. Perhaps the greatest progression has […]

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The Era of Big Analytics

Big data in healthcare splashed onto the front page of the Wall Street Journal earlier this summer, heralding its arrival as a new and important topic for mainstream media to follow. In reality, we’ve had big data in healthcare for as long as I’ve been around. What we haven’t had are the tools for effective […]

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Thoughts on ICD-10: Keep Calm and Carry On

The October 1, 2014, ICD-10 conversion deadline is 12-plus months away, so why does it feel like two minutes until midnight? Only in healthcare and government does such lead time convert to last-second, bug-eyed panic. Our anxiety will surely worsen before it improves. The months ahead will bring more hand-wringing and an increasing volume of […]

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Epic Systems Expands Headquarters with Farm-Themed Offices

One sign of success for EMR software giant Epic Systems is the continued expansion of its sprawling campus in Verona, Wis., just outside of Madison. As reported in the Wisconsin State Journal, Epic recently opened three new office buildings that “have the appearance of a bucolic farm. “A white farmhouse with a wrap-around porch leads […]

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Infographic: Big Data in Healthcare

Electronic medical records and big data go together like bricks and a finished house; the smaller parts build the framework of the larger finished product, and each day a new discovery could result within. As providers across the country have access to patient medical data beyond the desktop, physicians will be able to put together […]

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Healthcare IT Outsourcing To Hit $50B In 2018

Healthcare IT outsourcing will reach $50.4 billion worldwide by 2018 – up from $35 billion in 2013, according to a new report from M & M, a market research company. The firm says insurers, health systems and pharma companies are driving the market, utilizing outsourcing to "enhance their focus on core business, reduce operational and maintenance […]

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ICD-10 Jobs May Jump By 40 Percent, Say Coding Managers

The need for ICD-10 coding experts may increase by as much as 40 percent over the next two years, according to a new report. The "State of H.I.M." survey of over 300 health information management professionals says coder demand will reach its peak between the third quarter of 2013 and first quarter of 2014, as […]

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Healthcare IT Leaders Announces the Best Healthcare IT Blogs

The lively healthcare IT blog community provides to-the-minute clarity in a sea of acronyms, software companies and government regulation. To help you navigate the deep HIT blogging community waters, we're giving special recognition to blogs that provide information about software systems, consultant best practices, tools of the trade and legislative changes that may impact healthcare […]

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ICD-10 Experts in High Demand as Deadline to Switch Remains

All healthcare providers must be on the ICD-10 codes by Oct. 2014, which means ICD-10 implementation experts are in high demand over the next 12 months. Even with the one-year extension of the ICD-10 deadline, hospitals and healthcare providers are in varied states of readiness, according to recent surveys, with fifteen months to go.  Training […]

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