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EHRs get certifi ed health IT mark

T e HHS Offi ce of the National Coordinator for

Health Information Technology (ONC) has announced a new mark for certifi ed electronic health records (EHR) technology. T e designation indicates that the product, whether a complete EHR, an EHR module or another type of health IT product, meets the 2014 Edition Stan- dards and Certifi cation Criteria as certifi ed by an ONC- Authorized Certifi cation Body (ONC-ACB) in terms of interoperability, functionality and security. “T e use of the ONC Certifi ed HIT mark will help

to assure [doctors] that the EHR they have purchased will support them in meeting the meaningful-use re- quirements,” says Farzad Mostashari, M.D., national coordinator for health information technology. When the mark is associated with a certifi ed “Com- plete EHR,” it means that the EHR technology can be used without modifi cation to achieve meaningful use. A certifi ed EHR module also can be combined with other modules to make a complete system.

INFOGRAPHIC Health IT hiring on the rise

T e inaugural health IT workforce survey from HIMSS Analytics (sponsored by Medix IT) examines hiring trends and barriers for health provider organizations and IT vendors, providing key insights from a survey of 224 hospital and healthcare system IT executives.

Provider organizations and vendors reported growth in hiring reported

86% 1 5to 76%

outsource a service rather than hire directly

61% use job boards 70% 31%

of respondents indicated

their organization hired at least one employee

Healthcare provider organizations

Over half hired 1 to 5 IT employees, primarily in clinical application support or help desk positions

20 93%

have plans to outsource an area in the next year

of provider organizations and vendors were likely to use

professional development opportunities Recruitment tools 69%

use employee referrals

of healthcare provider organizations had to place an IT initiative on hold due to staffing shortages, and many expressed these lower priority issues created risks to patient care and revenue generation

43% Certifications

Both healthcare providers and vendor organizations find certification for network/architecture support and

security personnel to be the most important certifications Some IT Initiatives placed on hold due to staffing shortages

of healthcare provider organizations and 56% of vendors cited the lack of a qualified talent pool was the biggest challenge to fully staffing their environment

Project management 13%

implementing layoffs

3 4out of Vendors

Over half hired more than 20 employees, mostly in sales/marketing and field support staff

Outsourcing continues to rise among provider organizations Top 3 vendor services provided:

28% 27% 24% Clinical application

System design & implementation

Competitive salary & benefit programs were critical to hiring personnel

Additional incentives included telecommuting or tuition reimbursement

organizations plan to hire

additional staff in the coming year


Online training for docs T e American Health Information Management Asso- ciation (AHIMA), in partnership with ImplementHIT, has launched its latest training solution: “Clinical Documenta- tion for ICD-10 by Specialty: Principles and Practice.” T e interactive, online learning tool consists of short, self- paced training that doctors can access anytime, anywhere. Written by physicians, CDI specialists and medical coding experts, the program customizes learning by delivering three- to fi ve-minute modules that cover each clinical spe- cialty’s most seen conditions and allows further targeting to a physician’s 10 to 20 most billed diagnoses. Learn more at


UDI Conference 2013, Sept. 19-20, Baltimore, Md., is the industry gathering to help medical device manufacturers, distributors and hospitals prepare for implementing the Unique Device Identification (UDI) system. The FDA UDI Regulation will require new or improved systems and processes to efficiently mark/tag equipment, scan device information at various points in its lifecycle and transmit that data to the UDI database and other software systems.

The 2013 American Society for Healthcare Human Resources

Administration (ASHHRA) 49th Annual Conference & Exposition, Sept. 28-Oct. 1, Washington, D.C., will feature more than 150 exhibitors and plenty of opportunities for networking and knowledge sharing on state- of-the-art services in healthcare HR.


Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) 2013 Annual Conference, Oct. 6-9, San Diego, will host thousands of professionals engaged in managing the business of medicine. Practice administrators and physician leaders are highly encouraged to consider team participa- tion. More than 356 exhibiting companies shared their industry insights, products and services at MGMA12.

CHIME13 Fall CIO Forum, Oct. 8-11, Scottsdale, Ariz., will wel-

come more than 700 CIOs and leading healthcare IT stakeholders to participate in educational track sessions, networking events and recre- ational activities. Business consultant and best-selling author Jim Collins will be a keynote speaker.

The 85th American Health Information Management Associa- tion (AHIMA) Convention & Exhibit, Oct. 26-30, Atlanta, will draw HIM professionals from all areas of health informatics and information management for an intense focus on HIM’s global transformation. Learn how to implement some of the most important changes in HIM history. Pre-convention workshops take place Oct. 26-27.

NOVEMBER MEDICA 2013 – MEDICA Conferences & Forums, Nov. 20-23,

Düsseldorf, Germany, is billed as the world’s largest medical trade fair for in-patient and out-patient medicine. The event features education courses, lectures, health IT and tech forums, and an incredibly large trade show. Last year’s event included more than 4,554 exhibitors from over 60 countries and 130,600 specialist visitors.

DECEMBER RSNA 2013 – The 99th Scientific Assembly & Annual Meeting of Download the full report at Sponsored by:

the Radiological Society of North America, Dec. 1-6, Chicago, is the premier scientific and educational forum in radiology. Learn about the latest trends in radiologic research and attend cutting-edge technical exhibitions with 60,000 colleagues from around the world.


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