7 Important Soft Skills for Health IT Consultants

Frank Myeroffby Frank Myeroff, President, Direct Consulting Associates,  a Supporting Collaborator at the HIMSS Innovation Center

Google “soft skills” and you’ll find that they are defined as the cluster of personality traits, social graces, communication, language, personal habits, friendliness, and optimism that characterize relationships with other people.

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Health IT Was Not My Original Career Goal….

Like most little girls I wanted to be a princess or a ballerina.  As I got older my career goals changed from one day to the next.  I remember wanting to be a lawyer; in my mind I was always right.  I would argue anyone until the bitter end, determined to have the last say.  I also considered becoming a pediatrician because I wanted to help people.  Family members also made suggestions for me to become an engineer, teacher, accountant or a nurse.  Well, I knew immediately engineering and accounting were out.  I believed math was designed to fluster me and only me.  Becoming a teacher, um, maybe?  My grandmother had more than 20 years experience as a Department of Defense (DoD) teacher with most of that time being stationed in Frankfurt, Germany.  If I could be a teacher like my grandmother, traveling the world and teaching military dependents, maybe, but those were some BIG shoes to fill.

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Health IT Regulation Remains HIMSS Focus

This week, HIMSS submitted its third set of comments in 12 months on the topic of FDASIA. FDASIA, or the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act, was signed into law in July of 2012, and expandedthe FDA’s authorities by collecting user fees on medical devices, speed innovation and promote stakeholder involvement. Since then, HIMSS and the collective health IT community (including the federal government) has been seeking to define exactly how—and how much—involvement the government will have in regards to health IT regulation in the broad sense.

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Long-time HIMSS Volunteer Passes Away

We are sorry to note the passing of long-time HIMSS volunteer, Robin Raiford, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS.  She was a Senior Research Director at The Advisory Board Company’s Health Care IT Advisor. Continue reading

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Closing the Gap – Veteran Unemployment and Health IT Careers

Each month the Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes the current economic climate data.  Looking at data among 18-25 year old veterans, statics show fluctuation over the last year with a high in Jan 2013 of 36.2 percent and the current rate, lowest in the last 6 years at 9.6 percent.  Previous figures from 2008 to 2012 had a low of 12.4 percent and high of 37.9 percent.  Current overall veteran unemployment rate is 6.8 percent (as of May 2014).

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Establishing Digital Identities for Healthcare

by Mike Kroll, manager, technology solutions, HIMSS 

At HIMSS, we continually work with HIMSS members, staff and other stakeholders on how technology can be leveraged by healthcare providers to enhance health and better healthcare. One of the rewards of this work is seeing health IT in action, so when I visit my doctor I am always interested to learn how his organization is utilizing health IT to carry out its work. I experienced one such example on a recent visit for my yearly(ish) wellness checkup.

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Life and Death and Innovation

How Patients’ and Caregivers’ User Experiences Have Driven Healthcare Innovation

For Ed Damiano, his motivation was playing basketball with his son David.

For Earle Dickson, his motivation was to help his wife after a tough time making dinner.

For David Muir, his motivation was to speak.

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The Care Team Needs a Personal Health IT Roadmap

David Roweby David Rowe

Despite widespread news coverage of health reform laws and, especially, changes to consumer health insurance, little has been written about the dramatic changes occurring inside healthcare organizations as they prepare for value-based reimbursement. I fear that even less has been said about the implications of these changes on the patient experience.

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The Challenges of Integrated Medication Reconciliation

BlogHeather McKenzie                                                                                                   Nurse Informaticist, Westat                                                                                 Co-Chair, HIMSS Continuity of Care Task Force                                             Member, HIMSS Ambulatory Committee 

The other day I picked up the phone and was greeted by a voice filled with angst. An assisted living facility (ALF) resident had been recently hospitalized, and during the transition, an outdated medication list had been sent with the patient’s record.  As a result of being notified of medication changes that occurred while the resident was at the ALF, this family member recognized the discrepancy and was frantic to get an updated list to the hospital and nurse on duty.

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Patient Digital Health Platforms (PDHPs): An Epicenter of Healthcare Transformation?

By Vince Kuraitis, JD/MB


Apple’s recent announcement about its HealthKit platform is a beacon of a much bigger trend. We are at the early stages in the rise of a new business and IT ecosystem:

Patient Digital Health Platforms (PDHPs)

These new platforms should be high on the radar screens of healthcare providers. While v1.0 of PDHPs is starting fairly narrow, companies will be high incentivized to move up the food chain into mainstream health data exchange, workflow integration, and virtual care delivery. PDHPs portend both opportunities and threats.

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