Staffing/Professional Development

New Legislation Introduced into Congress to Enhance Primary Care Physician Supply

October 2, 2014     Mark Hagland
On Sep. 16, Rep. John P. Sarbanes (D-Maryland) introduced a bill into the U.S. Congress that will help encourage recently retired primary care physicians to rejoin the medical workplace, in order to provide increased access to healthcare services for newly...

Dancing with Retirement

October 1, 2014     Tim Tolan
Last month my wife went to the St Augustine Amphitheatre to see Crosby, Stills and Nash on a warm summer night here in northern Florida. It’s great to see them still playing gigs—and like a fine wine they keep getting better. The concert was awesome and also...

The TIGER Initiative Comes Under HIMSS Management

September 30, 2014     Mark Hagland
On Sep. 30, HIMSS announced that the TIGER (Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform) Initiative had transitioned to coming under the aegis of HIMSS, effective Sep. 22.

Striking a Balance Between Cost and Quality of Care

September 30, 2014     John DeGaspari
Although labor ranks among the highest-cost items in the budgets of most healthcare organizations, tight budgets and the lack of time and resources from tackling of too many initiatives have posed significant challenges to healthcare provider organizations...

A Consultant Development Program Answers the Call for Qualified HIT Professionals

September 23, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
There is no denying that with the plethora of requirements healthcare organizations face, the industry could use more qualified professionals. A program from Stoltenberg Consulting has developed talent to meet the ever-increasing demand.

Going Digital: Smart Investment in EMR Software

September 22, 2014     Anna Son, IBISWorld Lead Healthcare Analyst
In light of regulatory changes and financial incentives for the successful conversion of paper-based medical records, adoption of electronic medical records (EMR) systems has skyrocketed in recent years. Here are procurement techniques to help healthcare...

Online Ratings Influence Parents' Choices of Physicians for their Children

September 22, 2014     John DeGaspari
Almost three-quarters (74 percent) of parents are aware of online rating sites for physicians, and more than one-quarter (28 percent) have used those online ratings to choose a healthcare provider for their children.

Majority of U.S. Physicians are Over-Extended or at Full Capacity: Survey

September 16, 2014     John DeGaspari
U.S. patients are likely to face growing challenges in access to care if shifting patterns in medical practice configurations and physician workforce trends continue. This is one of the key findings of a survey of 20,000 physicians that was commissioned by The...

A New Hospital Meets Human Resources Challenges

September 12, 2014     John DeGaspari
Seton Medical Center Harker Heights, one of six hospitals in the LPH Hospital Group, is a new 83-bed hospital that opened its doors in June 2012. Harker Heights, a community of about 27,000 in Central Texas, is situated between Austin and Waco, about 60 miles...

The High Cost of an EHR Implementation

September 4, 2014     Gabriel Perna
A recent quest to buy a new home has made me appreciate the rigors of buying an EHR system. The high price of an implementation has produced some eye-grabbing numbers but are the large investments really all that surprising?

Nursing Informatics: A Refuge for Nurses in the Throes of Burnout

September 4, 2014     Ron Vatalaro
The overall burnout rate for nurses is often higher than others within the healthcare field. Nurses enduring this occupational burnout or those on the verge of this burnout stage can feel confident in knowing that a new refuge exists that could help them...
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