According to a study from Texas State University-San Marcos, there is a huge need for health information technology (HIT) workers in Texas. The study says Texas is expected to need at least an additional 10,000 HIT workers for the state’s $103.6 billion health care industry by 2013. This is much larger than the original estimation that Texas would require an additional 3,500 HIT workers between 2010 and 2015.
The study’s researchers, led by assistant professor at Texas State, Susan H. Fenton, Ph.D., accumulated data through HIT Employer Focus Groups across the state as well as conducting a statewide HIT Employer survey. It was conducted as part of a contract with the Texas Workforce Commission, with funding for the project coming from the governor’s office through a Wagner-Peyser gran
The Health Information Technology (HIT) Employer Needs Assessment in Texas has estimated Texas providers will need 9,500 HIT employees between now and 2013. Non-providers (HER vendors and consultants) reported needing an additional 500 HIT employees by 2013. The researchers say in order to get more HIT workers intact, a statewide HIT education plan is under development for a second year of grants. This plan will build on the data collected from the employer needs survey and the higher education institution inventory from the first year of grants.
Officials from Carequality have stated that there are now more than 150,000 clinicians across 11,000 clinics and 500 hospitals live on its network. These participants are also able to share health data records with one another, regardless of technology vendor.
While stolen financial data still has a higher market value than stolen medical records, as financial data can be monetized faster, there are indications that there is ongoing development of a market for stolen medical data, according to an Intel Security McAfee Labs report.
A phishing scam at Baystate Health in Springfield, Mass. has potentially exposed the personal data of 13,000 patients, according to a privacy statement from the patient care organization and a report from MassLive.
In an update, DirectTrust reported significant growth in Direct exchange of health information and the number of trusted Direct addressed enabled to share personal health information (PHI) in the third quarter of 2016.
Eleven private insurers, including Aetna, Humana and Anthem, are urging the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to consider the experience of commercial insurers when evaluating the impact of telemedicine coverage in Medicare.