Giving Thanks without Burning Down the House

Thanksgiving is a holiday filled with traditions.  Usually those traditions are built around food.  For some, it is stuffing just like their Grandma made, filled with meats, bread and spices.  For others it is canned cranberry sauce, the sloosh sound it makes when it releases from the can and the art deco ridges from the can’s shape molded into the gelatinous sauce.

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Informatics Department of One

by: Emily A. Carey MS, RN-BC

I am sure you are all wondering what I am talking about.  How could one person do the job of the ten Informatics Nurses that I have in my organization? Or you are asking this question: she must work for a small organization that does not have that many employees or beds.  The truth of the matter is there are many “Informatics Departments of One” out there in the United States healthcare system.

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How to Prioritize Your IT Projects

by Roger Kropf, PhD, and Guy Scalzi, MBA

Every health organization needs to prioritize its IT projects. There are too many adoption needs, too few financial and human resources to implement them, and not every idea that crosses your desk aligns with your organization’s strategic plan.

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Engage Now with World Usability Day

A Guest Post from Lorraine Chapman, Chair, HIMSS User Experience Committee on World Usability Day

The theme of this year’s World Usability Day is engagement. Because I am a user experience professional and I work for a software consulting company – I immediately preface engagement with user.  One definition of user engagement that caught my interest recently defines user engagement as:

“ … a quality of the user experience that emphasizes the positive aspects of interaction – in particular the fact of being captivated by the technology” (Attfield et al, 2011).


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Pursuing a Career In [fill in the blank]…

Recently I earned a Master’s in Education (Adult and Distance focused) from The Pennsylvania State University.  Great.  Now what?  Well, I want to continue my focus on lifelong learning and I want to apply what I have worked so hard to earn.  I hope to teach online in a Master’s of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program as an adjunct by balancing my busy HIMSS career and my personal life.  By doing so, I will couple my 20+ years of work in a healthcare environment while also pursuing my passion of education, which, by the way, I didn’t know existed until about six years ago.  Not unlike those wanting to establish a career in health IT, I am following largely the same advice for my own professional pursuits in Adult Education as I have for other job seekers:

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PODCAST: Supporting Our Veterans with Career Services

Listen to insights on career services programs for veterans from former U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Amy R. Justice, a guest on Healthcare Tech Talk. Justice is now Program Manager, Veterans Career Services, HIMSS.

She talks with Terry Baker and Kelley Hill, program hosts who work each day in healthcare as well host their online program that covers issues on the technology used in the delivery of healthcare.

Listen to Healthcare Tech Talk Episode 28: HIMSS VCS, Helping Veterans Find a Career in Healthcare Information Technology.

Learn more about HIMSS Career Services for Veterans.

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Focus on electronic medical record usability

by Tina Dieckhaus RN-BC, NE-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSSC

We have seen recent statements in the news that question the ability of our electronic medical records to share information.  Most recently what may come to our minds is the Ebola patient in Dallas.  Information was collected and entered in the electronic medical record that would be helpful for the care providers to know, but was not easily discernible amongst all of the other data.

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Effective IT Governance Needed for Successful Clinical Informatics Implementations

it-governance-cover_websiteBy Roger Kropf, PhD, and Guy Scalzi, MBA

Not having an IT governance process, or having one that never seriously involves clinicians and other stakeholders, is a big mistake. Without a governance structure, IT at many hospitals and healthcare systems is a haphazard endeavor that typically results in late, over-budget projects and, ultimately, many disparate systems that do not function well together.

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AHIMA and HIMSS – Looking at HIO Hiring Trends

 by: Harry B. Rhodes, MBA, RHIA, CHPS, CDIP, CPHIMS, FAHIMA; Julie A. Dooling, RHIA, CHDA; and Mari Greenberger, MPPA 

Health Information Exchange Organizations (HIOs) continue to broaden their reach into new care settings that are part of an evolving landscape, a trend cited in new research on staffing in health information exchange organizations.

After the initial release of the 2012 survey, Trends in HIE Organizational Staff: AHIMA/HIMSS Staffing Model Environment Scan, AHIMA and HIMSS came together to address one of several recommendations for future research suggested in the initial study, resulting in a follow-up survey on staffing challenges in health information exchange organizations.

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Join the Global City Teams Challenge: Accelerating the Internet of Things (IoT) To Improve the Public Good

by: Robert E. Connors, FACHE, PMP, MS in IT, MHA

Leveraging the past success of the 2014 SmartAmerica Initiative, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has announced the Global City Teams Challenge.  NIST, with the support of U.S. Ignite, Inc., is establishing teams composed of innovative local governments, non-profit organizations, and private companies. These teams will be working collaboratively to build, deploy, or test Internet of Things (IoT) that will improve how Americans work, live, learn, and play.  The ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT), according to NIST, “involves connecting smart devices and systems in diverse sectors such as transportation, energy, manufacturing, and healthcare in fundamentally new ways.”  The International Data Corporation predicts growth in the IoT sector from $1.9 trillion in 2013 to $7.1 trillion in 2020. Through the IoT connections, teams will aim to improve communities by leveraging existing or new city SmartGrids, fiber networks, or deep sensor networks.

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