In Switch to Electronic Health Records, Companies Address IT Talent Shortage
Time is running out for healthcare providers to adopt electronic health records. Switching from paper-based models to digital files helps hospitals improve care coordination, but organizations that fail to use EHRs by 2015 will be subject to financial penalties under Medicare. Despite the opportunities, some hospitals are struggling to find the talent they need to manage electronic patient information.
5 Skills Health Workers Need in an Era of Preventive Care
As health care reform takes shape across U.S. hospitals and clinics, it’s changing the way doctors and nurses do their jobs. "Instead of doctors being paid as they treat, they’ll be paid to keep a population of people healthy," says Matthew Holt, cofounder of Health 2.0, a conference focused on new forms of medicine. "The incentive becomes, what can we do to stop stuff downstream?"
Answering the Need for Lifelong, Collaborative Learning in Healthcare
It’s the time of year when recent graduates trade in textbooks for diplomas and enter the workforce. But there’s one lesson that they’ll soon discover, if they haven’t already: learning never ends, no matter how many degrees a person accumulates. Ongoing education is a key to success in any career, and technologies like cloud computing can make those lessons collaborative.
Thinking Beyond the Paycheck to Recruit Big-City and Small-Town Physicians
Hiring and retaining top physicians is a big priority for hospital administrators, and the competition for talent shows no signs of slowing. Aging baby boomers and rising life expectancy are putting greater demands on a healthcare system that's already stressed by a physician shortage. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, there will be a shortage of 91,000 primary care physicians, surgeons and medical specialists by 2020.