Posted on 24. May, 2013 by Gwen Darling.
The Project Management Professional (PMP) credential, from The Project Management Institute (PMI), is one of the most valued credentials in project management. It helps assure employers that holders are committed to project management, and can take responsibility for all aspects of a project for its entire lifespan. Furthermore, PMP certified individuals are expected to be [...]
Posted on 23. May, 2013 by David Kushan.
Many people get into contracting for different reasons. Some of those reasons I discussed in a previous post titled Guide to Successfully Working as a Consultant in the Healthcare IT Industry – Part One However, what I see all too often are people deciding to leave the world of contracting because they are not able to [...]
Posted on 22. May, 2013 by Gwen Darling.
OFFERED BY: PRECISION SEARCH Interoperability took center stage at HIMSS 2013, and this Medical Software Product Manager will participate in that highly visible technology! An established e-health software Client Company needs your honed “Product Management” and “Health Plan Operations” skill sets to manage their successful, unique and flagship e-health connect solution. The solid and stable [...]
Posted on 17. May, 2013 by Gwen Darling.
On May 9, 2013, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) held commencement ceremonies for 117 graduates from three UIC online Health Informatics degree programs: Master of Science in Health Informatics – 87 graduates Post-Master’s Certificate in Health Informatics – 17 graduates Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in HIM – 13 graduates In and of itself this accomplishment [...]
Amid the destruction and the terror that took place at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, there was nothing greater than the exhibitions of human kindness and courage that we were privileged to witness both that day and in the days that followed. Medics and ordinary citizens rushing into a smoky [...]
Posted on 10. May, 2013 by David Kushan.
When you travel to a client location each week and spend 40 hours a week on site, the client sees you there; they don’t have any question as to whether or not you put in 40 hours for the week. So they do not have any problems signing off and approving the 40 hours you [...]
Certified Healthcare Technology Hiring Professional (CHTHP) The 4Med CHTHP Certification program is designed to engage employment professionals on the topic of Healthcare Information Technology, Electronic Medical Records and Employment Methods in the HIT Vertical. The program is presented with self-paced online lessons, quizzes and exams as well as multimedia audio and video review. The hands-on [...]
With celebrations around our country for Earth Day just barely in our rear-view mirrors, many of you probably can share examples of how the care taking of our planet was discussed in your community organizations, in your office, or at your child’s school. But, it’s not just a holiday designated some forty years ago that [...]
Posted on 03. May, 2013 by Gwen Darling.
The lack of certifications and/or training is often the one thing standing in the way between professionals and the career they desire. Many are “faking it” when it comes to certain software programs or proficiencies, dreading the day when their cover is blown. But it’s difficult to work full-time and attend traditional training courses that [...]
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is hosting the Million Hearts® Webinar on May 7th in honor of National High Blood Pressure Education and Stroke Awareness months. Leading experts will discuss how they are using the latest health IT tools to standardize and improve the delivery of care to reduce [...]
As an independent contractor whose current project is coming to an end, you are going to be talking with staffing firms about what projects they have coming up that you may be a good fit for. If the project sounds like a good fit, the firm you are talking with will present you to the [...]
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 22, 2013) – National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) today announced that it has educated over 25,000 stakeholders through its web-based education program, NeHC University. Since its inception in 2009, NeHC University has offered over 115 webinars on a wide array of topics directly impacting the health IT community. Taking concepts directly from NeHC’s [...]
This post will be a short one because the point of the post does not take a ton of elaborating. So, let me tell you this quick story and get to the point! I have personally heard these types of comments from hiring managers over the years, but since this same story just occurred the [...]
Posted on 12. Apr, 2013 by Carter Groome.
“Market softness” can mean so many things depending on your perspective. From an IT consultant’s viewpoint, you may be told that the market is soft if your employer does not have new engagements for you. Yes, I see the lights slowly coming up and last call from behind the bar on the big EMR implementation [...]
Maybe you are one of the fortunate ones and there are no details on your resume that require a little explaining. But, if you have spent long enough in the professional world, chances are that you have left at least one position under less than ideal circumstances. It could be because your job performance was [...]
Posted on 10. Apr, 2013 by David Kushan.
When you are considering taking a contract, many people know to consider the following: Is the project a good fit to your skill set? How will you fit in culturally with the group at the hospital? How much will the position pay? What is the expense reimbursement policy? What will the travel be like? How [...]
I will admit that I never anticipated featuring Justin Bieber as a topic of a blog post. I am fairly confident in saying that his fan base is not comprised of the same people as my reading demographic. But, a recent article about Mr. Bieber’s onstage bout of illness and the lessons it has for [...]
Posted on 03. Apr, 2013 by David Kushan.
As a contractor (consultant who works on a contract to contract basis as opposed to being an employee of a firm) you will have regular phone calls with firms that place contractors on projects. When you initially talk with a representative from these firms, it will be because you both think you may be a [...]
Posted on 01. Apr, 2013 by Shirley Corsey.
68 college basketball teams meet, 67 games will be played, but only one team will win the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship! The 2013 NCAA Men’s Division I basketball tournament is underway! The Final Four games are April 6. The National Championship game is April 8th. So what’s your NCAA “Bracket” looking like? The NCAA “Final [...]
Posted on 29. Mar, 2013 by Gwen Darling.
Duke University has announced the agenda and speaker lineup for its Fourth Annual Informatics Conference, “Recouping the Costs of EHR Implementations: Return on Investment vs. Return on Health,” and if you’re a Healthcare IT professional in search of an unparallelled networking and learning opportunity, it looks like it time to add a “Save the Date” [...]
Posted on 28. Mar, 2013 by Joe Lavelle.
So, you have heard that Health IT is a booming field and those who show great interest in your future financial security, like your parents or your spouse, have been urging you to consider joining its ranks. You have to admit, though, that the idea of staring at computers and breaking a person’s complex medical [...]
FERNANDO MESA CTO, Enterprise Sector MarkLogic Corporation INTRODUCTION: I’m responsible for the creation, communication and implementation of the technical vision and strategy for the company in the Healthcare and Life Sciences space. I spend a large part of my time working with Fortune 500 clients on large-scale software implementations that require deep experience in Big [...]
Posted on 21. Mar, 2013 by Gwen Darling.
Earlier this week, the University of Illinois at Chicago conducted an “Inside Look” Webinar, featuring a panel consisting of faculty, graduates, current students, and enrollment advisors. The hour-long presentation was short on fluff and got straight to the point – answering the specific questions that most prospective students need answered before considering this career investment. [...]
I don’t know how many of you have been following the characters on the show The Office for the past nine seasons, but their time on NBC is drawing to a close. Since I study and teach office environments for a living — specifically how you can navigate through one to achieve great professional success [...]
Posted on 19. Mar, 2013 by Gwen Darling.
OFFERED BY: CIPE CONSULTING GROUP A client in the Midwest is in need of a Clinic Readiness Project Manager to assist them as they implement Epic enterprise-wide. Position Summary: The Clinic Readiness Project Manager is responsible for ensuring that all implementation efforts are completed within project timelines, concluding with a successful go-live. Duties and Responsibilities: [...]
Posted on 13. Mar, 2013 by David Kushan.
When evaluating taking a contract, many people will take into consideration the following: Is this a good fit for my skill set? Are the client’s expectations in line with what I can deliver? Is this a cultural fit? How much will the position pay? What is the expense reimbursement policy? What will the travel be [...]
Certified EMR Office Professional (CEOP) The 4Med EMR Office Professional Certificate provides students with an in-depth understanding of electronic health records using self-paced online lessons, quizzes and exams as well as multimedia audio and video review. Participants also engage in hands-on workflow exercises utilizing a certified EMR/EHR application. The hands-on EMR exercises are designed to [...]
Posted on 28. Feb, 2013 by Joe Lavelle.
Some people are natural-born risk takers. They’ve probably been accepting every challenge since those childhood dares on the playground. Try skiing down a black diamond the first time you strap on some snow boots? Sure! Eat one of those hot dogs that have been rotating next to the cash register at the neighborhood gas station [...]
This semester I’m taking two classes, one which I’ve been looking forward to since I started the HI Master’s program at UIC. I’m taking an independent study course in which I’ll write a 3o-page paper on a health informatics topic of my choice. I’m working with my independent study adviser Andrew D. Boyd, MD Assistant [...]
Which reward do you think more employees prefer — an end-of-the-year bonus that gets tacked onto that second December paycheck or an enthusiastic sharing of “job well done!” in front of their peers? Would you be surprised to learn that money is not the more valued of the two in creating a sense of long-term [...]
I don’t what it is about 2013, but I have experienced more bad candidate behavior this year than ever before, particularly in the area of handling rejection. The fact that it’s only February makes me look forward to and dread the rest of the year. First, let’s review quickly what a recruiter is paid to [...]
Posted on 14. Feb, 2013 by David Kushan.
Today’s topic is something I get asked quite often. When I speak to people who are working at a hospital and are thinking about getting into contracting one of the common questions I get asked is how do you price yourself in terms of the hourly rate you should be earning? I am not sure [...]
With the annual HIMSS conference right around the corner, many Healthcare IT professionals are scrambling to figure out how to swing this significant time and financial investment. I’m not talking about whooping it up in the Big Easy – just the necessities are expensive. Let’s take the very best case scenario and look at the [...]
As a recruiter, to say that I review a lot of resumes is a vast understatement. Thinking about that, I wish I had an accurate tally of how many resumes I have seen over the past five to six years. Whatever the number is, it’s a lot. Although I’ve noticed recently that with the advent [...]
Posted on 01. Feb, 2013 by Gwen Darling.
OFFERED BY: CIPE CONSULTING GROUP A Cipe Consulting Group client in the greater Seattle area is in need of a SharePoint Site Developer/Administrator. Key areas of expertise needed include experience administering permissions, creating pages, designing custom lists/custom solutions in SharePoint to meet business needs and managing data for queries and statistics. 50% of the role [...]
I find that discussions of placing technology in classrooms and technology in doctors’ exam rooms have some similarities. A teacher can hand the kids laptops for one research project a semester or create fancy PowerPoint presentations to accompany lectures just to be able to say that these innovations are being used, or she can integrate [...]
Barriers, Resistance, and Challenges As mentioned in my previous blog entry, my own personal barriers and resistance to changing my life and going back to school revolved around three main issues: the fear of failure, financial constraints, APA format, and of course the major challenges of keeping focused and time management. My mother has always [...]
Posted on 16. Jan, 2013 by David Kushan.
Unfortunately, some of the lessons you learn in the contracting business come from situations where you have to learn the hard way. The hard way generally means you were dealing with someone who took advantage of a situation that caused you some major inconvenience. Once these situations occur, of course you do what you can [...]
Everyday life is all about bargaining and negotiating to get what you want or need. Whether at work, school, or home, you will always find a time of day where you will need to rely on your best negotiating skills, especially if you are trying to get ahead or make a point. When asking for [...]
Posted on 07. Jan, 2013 by Shirley Corsey.
Healthcare is one of the largest industries in the U.S. and it continues to grow. To service this growing sector the federal government awarded $84 million in grants to create intensive Healthcare I.T. curricula citing the need for 50,000 new health care information technology jobs during the next five years. In addition, a survey of [...]
Recently, the CEO of Impact Advisors and I were asked to assist two recent graduates with their resumes and to provide them with some up-to-date job seeking advice. I will fully admit that our CEO by far outshined me in the interview advice arena; and given it’s the season for interviewing again, I couldn’t think [...]
Posted on 04. Jan, 2013 by David Kushan.
Compensation Classification When entering the consulting world from a permanent position many questions arise. However, the most immediate question and the first step in educating yourself in consulting is learning “How will I be paid?” This question can be heavily weighted with stress when considering a career as a contract consultant for Health IT. There [...]
Posted on 17. Dec, 2012 by David Kushan.
Once a Health IT employee gains a certain level of experience working at a hospital they have the option to consider working as a consultant. As a Health IT consultant, they would have the ability to increase their income from up to 25 – 70%, depending on their specific skills and the type employment or [...]
This blog is written by a guest contributor and one of First Choice Professionals’ consultants, Maria Liu. When you think about brands, what comes to mind? Many of you will instantly think of places you shop, foods you consume, or logos you wear. Some of you may think of Coca-Cola, Microsoft, or perhaps IBM (which [...]
Posted on 05. Oct, 2012 by Gwen Darling.
As jobs in Health Informatics continue to grow faster than average, understanding what hiring managers are looking for is a must. At HIMSS12, the University of Illinois at Chicago hosted a round-table discussion with six industry professionals to discuss exactly that. Here’s Part 3: Bridging the Gap Between Education and Employment A Roundtable Discussion What [...]
Posted on 02. Oct, 2012 by Erin Kennedy.
There has long been a debate regarding references and whether or not to include them in a resume. Many applicants are uncomfortable providing the information up front, preferring instead to simply state that references are available upon request. This is an outdated method and I always encourage clients NOT to write that on their resume, [...]
Posted on 22. Aug, 2012 by Gwen Darling.
A while back, I wrote a blog post for Healthcare Informatics entitled, “Is There Such a Thing As Interview Foreplay?” discussing a gender difference that I’ve observed during the interview process. The bottom line on that post was that it’s always good to keep in mind that female candidates might just be a bit more [...]
Posted on 30. Jul, 2012 by Arthur Damon.
When a facility or Healthcare IT professional is thinking about entering the world of outsourcing there are mainly two avenues available to them, consulting firms or staffing companies. Much of the public thinks that consulting firms and staffing companies are one in the same. While their end goals are similar, their methods and business model [...]
Newcomers to the Healthcare IT industry are introduced to jargon and acronyms from every angle (ONC, EMR, ICD-10, MU), but where it can really get confusing is when it comes to the names of the individual software modules, in particular those of Epic Systems. They don’t call it “Epic” Systems for nothing – the number [...]
Virtual meetings have become a staple of business life. In our field and especially in the consulting arena, prospective employers turn to the phone to interview candidates nationwide and beyond. I’ve brokered thousands of phone interviews over the years and just when I think I’ve heard it all some new animal in the background will [...]
Posted on 01. Dec, 2011 by Gwen Darling.
If you’re a regular reader of Healthcare IT Today, then you’ve probably run across our popular “Day In The Life” series (and if you’re not, welcome)! As the Healthcare IT industry continues to explode, so will the number of job descriptions it will take to handle the load. And as more and more professionals contemplate [...]
Posted on 08. Nov, 2011 by Gwen Darling.
Ever read a job title and wonder, “What does a _______ do all day, exactly? The University of Illinois – Chicago (UIC) has put together a comprehensive list of Healthcare IT industry job descriptions, and has graciously offered to share them with our Healthcare IT Today readers – thanks UIC! First up, CLINICAL INFORMATICS DATA [...]
Posted on 30. Dec, 2010 by Derek Garrison.
Remote work is an appealing idea. When the topic of remote opportunities comes up on job discussion boards, I see a lot of enthusiasm expressed by would-be remote workers hoping to land a gig. Remote work is something I have personal experience with, and I must admit I’m a big fan. I spent a good [...]