Healthcare IT

Closings, Mergers Threaten Hospital IT Jobs

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IT workers at the nation’s hospitals are watching as healthcare’s shifting tides reshape how they do their jobs – and if they’ll be able to keep them. Hospitals are grappling with regulatory changes, shrinking Medicare reimbursements, HIPAA-related privacy and security issues and, more than anything else, significant budget cuts. In turn, IT personnel are facing layoffs, and some are rethinking how and where they work. Nowadays, the rate of hospital closures and acquisitions is rising. The Centers for Disease Control… continue…

Why More IT Pros Say ‘No Thanks’ to Becoming CIO

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Want to be a CIO? You’re in the minority. Long hours, lack of prestige and company politics have more IT pros saying they don’t aspire to become CIO, according to a Computerworld survey. Only 32 percent of the 489 IT professionals polled say they are still gunning for the CIO title, while 55 percent say “no thanks.” “Being a CIO doesn’t offer the opportunity to do the cool stuff that IT people like so much to do. It’s about meetings… continue…

Healthcare IT’s Achilles’ Heel: Sensors

Fitbit, FuelBand, and ingestible sensors aren’t quite enough to support researchers’ grandiose dreams for healthcare IT. continue…

eClinicalWorks to Add 100 Software Developers

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eClinicalWorks, a Massachusetts-based Health IT vendor for ambulatory practices, plans to add 100 software developers in the next year as part of a $50 million initiative to expand in patient engagement and population health tools. The company launched its Health & Online Wellness (healow) division in February with $25 million in funding and approximately 75 workers. It says it has 14 million consumers using its electronic patient portal and mobile application, and doctors send more than 5 million messages to… continue…

Fla. Healthcare Integrator iSirona to Add 300 Jobs

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Healthcare technology integration specialist iSirona plans a $2.25 million expansion at its Panama City, Fla., headquarters that will add a total of 300 new jobs over the next three years. Since the end of 2012, the company has grown from 31 employees to more than 180. The new positions are expected to be primarily in software development, though there will be others in program management and support. Overall, the new jobs will pay an average of $50,000. Sixty five of… continue…

Affordable Care Act a Shot in the Arm for Startups

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Whatever controversy goes with the Affordable Care Act, a number of startups are hoping to cash in by offering software tools and services that would ease the process of selecting and managing healthcare providers and insurance exchanges. One of them — Benefitter Insurance Solutions, a San Francisco-based startup that developed tools for employers to navigate healthcare reform – believes it’s easier to launch a company when a “tidal wave of change is occurring,” CEO Brian Poger told USA Today. Another… continue…

Wearable Electronics Could Spark Healthcare IT Concerns

Watches and bracelets feeding tons of healthcare data to the cloud could raise questions about privacy and security. continue…

CHE Trinity Health Cuts IT Positions in Merger

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Forty five IT workers have been handed pink slips as part of the merger between Novi, Mich.-based Trinity Health and Newtown Square, Pa.-based Catholic Health East. The merger in May created CHE Trinity Health, now based in Livonia, Mich. It’s one of the nation’s largest health systems with 70 hospitals in 21 states and operating revenue of more than $13.3 billion. The layoffs represent about 2.4 percent of Trinity’s 1,912 IT workers. The organization also cut 35 workers not in… continue…

Growth Spurs Need for Healthcare Informatics Specialists

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Some 50,000 jobs in healthcare informatics need to be filled within the next five to seven years, according to the University of Illinois at Chicago. In an infographic, The Intersection of Healthcare and IT, the university also projects a 21 percent increase in healthcare IT jobs between 2010 and 2020. Health informatics is defined as “the science behind the convergence of healthcare, information technology and business.” Put another way, it’s about IT-based innovations that can help with management, planning and… continue…

Health Clinic Chain Brings Tech Center to New Orleans

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Healthcare clinic ChenMed has opened a new technology development operation in New Orleans, as part of an expansion of its software subsidiary ChenTech, that calls for hiring up to 50 new employees. ChenTech develops software applications for physicians, hospitals and clinics using Java, PHP, HTML5 and iOS. The software development center is located in the central business district of New Orleans and is expected to hit full employment in the next two to three years. The new positions are expected… continue…