Healthcare IT

Google’s New Employee Perk: DNA Tests

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Google’s known for offering great perks to employees, from dry cleaning and free food to gym facilities. The perks are so great, in fact, that some employees do their best to never leave. But now the company’s offering something a little more unconventional: DNA tests from Foundation Medicine for any employees (and employees’ relatives) suffering from cancer. To find healthcare IT jobs, click here. According to Reuters, Google will begin offering the benefit at the beginning of next year. Foundation… continue…

Staffing Issues Delay Healthcare IT Projects

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Although the pace of hiring in healthcare IT remains consistent, employers still find their need for technology professionals is outpacing the availability of candidates, reports FierceHealthIT. In the second annual workforce survey by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), nearly 70 percent of respondents said a lack of qualified talent represented their greatest challenge in filling open positions. Those staffing challenges are having a real impact on their work. More than a third of the survey’s respondents—35 percent—said… continue…

Healthcare IT Consultants Happier Than Full-Timers

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Consultants involved in implementing healthcare IT solutions are generally happier with their work than their full-time counterparts, according to a survey by Atlanta-based staffing firm Healthcare IT Leaders. More than three quarters—77 percent—of the consultants said they were either “very satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied” with their jobs, the survey found. That compares to 64 percent of full-time healthcare IT employees. To put the numbers in context, other surveys have found that 72 percent of workers across all industries report similar… continue…

Apprenticeships Provide Healthcare IT Experience

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All employers prefer to hire people who have experience in their industry, but that tendency is particularly strong in healthcare. That creates a conundrum for IT pros trying to break into the sector: How do you get healthcare experience if you can’t get hired without healthcare experience? The answer may lie in the Department of Labor’s Registered Apprenticeship program. The program, which the White House announced in April, makes $100 million available to help workers participate in apprenticeships. The graduates… continue…

4 Interview Questions for Epic Analysts

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Besides dealing with the expected challenges that accompany any implementation, Epic systems analysts often have to manage a team of healthcare clinicians who just might be resistant to change. “The job’s a combination of technical and people skills,” says Jarrod Germano, Director of HCIsustain, a healthcare IT support services company. Working in a large hospital setting—where Epic is often found–means working with a diverse team of doctors, nurses and administrators to enable proper implementation, follow-up support and optimization. Click here… continue…

Google, Apple Want to Take Healthcare IT Mainstream

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At Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) earlier this month, CEO Tim Cook and other executives unveiled HealthKit, an app designed to consolidate health and fitness data within an iOS dashboard. HealthKit can list everything from cholesterol levels to calories burned, with an “emergency card” of contacts and pertinent data (blood type, etc.) accessible via the iOS lock screen. In theory, HealthKit will also have the ability to interact with apps from third-party developers, such as Nike’s FuelBand platform. Click here… continue…

Strong Demand in Georgia for Health IT Professionals

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Healthcare organizations in Georgia expect to see more technology hiring in the next five years as existing positions remain open and more are created. In an online poll commissioned by the nonprofit Institute for Healthcare Information Technology, 86 percent of 300 healthcare providers and vendors said they anticipate more IT hiring taking place while 79 percent said they have health IT jobs open now. The organizations anticipate the top IT needs to be in security, systems administration, project administration and… continue…

Big Demand for Epic Certifications in Healthcare IT

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Project managers, implementation specialists, systems administrators, software testers and quality assurance analysts skilled in Epic are getting snapped up as quickly as they go on the market. Driving the demand are two things: the growing use of Epic Systems’ software at healthcare organizations, and the difficulty in getting Epic certified, says Caleb Potter, a principal recruiter for healthcare IT at the Seattle offices of recruiter Greythorn. Click here to find jobs requiring an Epic certification. Epic’s software dominates the work… continue…

EHRs Continue to Drive Job Opportunities in Health IT

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The economy’s growth might be slow, but hiring in healthcare IT should continue to be strong for the foreseeable future. One big driver: the growing use of electronic health records and the resulting need for technology professionals who can build and maintain EHR systems. Indeed, the impact of EHRs can be seen in hospitals’ IT budgets: InformationWeek notes that where once they represented between 5 and 10 percent of the tech dollars spent, they now account for 25 to 35… continue…

How to Break Into Statistical Programming in Pharma

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Pharmaceutical companies have a seemingly insatiable demand for statistical programmers. Because the process of getting a drug to market requires an inordinate amount of clinical data analysis, they play a key part in the process whether they’re working at a drug company or a clinical research organization. Though a deep understanding of life sciences and significant experience with the clinical process is needed to move into a leadership role, employers in the space are beginning to bring in and train… continue…