By: Patty Inglish, MS
Dallas, Texas is the 9th largest city in the United States of America. Together, with Fortworth, Texas (the 18th largest city) to the west, Dallas forms The Metroplex or the Dallas-Fortworth Metroplex. Each city offers its own substantial numbers of high-growth occupations to job seekers.
The Top 10 Fastest-Growing Occupations in Dallas, Texas are reported by the state government to be in the following list, specifically in the dedicated Dallas Workforce Development Area.
- Home Health Aides
- Petroleum Engineers
- Network Systems & Data Communications Analysts
- Financial Examiners
- Special Education Teachers K-12 AND Mainstream K-12 School Teachers, including Vocational
- Physician Assistants
- Compliance Officers
- Dental Hygienists & Assistants and Medical Assistants
- Veterinary Technologists & Technicians
- Physical Therapists
The largest growth industries for the Dallas-Fort Worth Metro include:
Retail, Business Services, Medical and Health, Government Contracting, Banking, Defense, and Technologies.
Dallas Job Listings Increased 27% in 18 Months
Source: Permission with Attribution: Data provided by SImplyHired.com, a search engine for jobs.
SNAPSHOT: 119,700+ Jobs Listed for Dallas in December 2011
Most-needed workers ion the Dallas Metro Area include:
- Physical Therapists, Assistants and Aides
- Occupational Therapists
- Project Managers
- Event Specialists
- Sales Representatives
- Java Developers and other Engineers: Manufacturing, QA, Systems, Electrical
- Truck Drivers
- Business Analysts
- Registered Nurses (RNs) - includes more highly paid Travel Nurses
TOP HIRING COMPANIES
- Locumtenens.com - Medical and Healthcare
- Schneider National - Transportation/Trucking
- Lockheed Martin - IT, Defense, Aerospace Advancement
- Corpus Christi Medical Center
- CJW Medical Center
- HCA - Healthcare
- Texas Health Resources
- Hewlett Packard
- Rph On the Go - Pharmacists and Technicians
- IBM - IT
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By: Jonena Relth
Cari McLean from HIMSS posted a question on LinkedIn asking: "What are your greatest takeaways from HIMSS11?" While the answers were varied, of course, it was fairly easy to pick up on which trends are floating to the top for the next couple of years.
Most people I talk to would most likely agree with the priorities chosen by the respondents which are dwindled down to the short list below. This is an exciting time in our country's history. We're in the midst of undertaking the biggest changes to healthcare that our citizens have ever seen. And while it's taking a coordinated effort by both medical and non-medical professionals to make this a reality, I am certain that we are up to the task!
While all of the tasks need to be accomplished/mastered, I've listed them in "my" order of importance from an Organizational Development/Training perspective.
1. "Interoperability and the problems stemming from the lack thereof will have to be addressed for overall success."
My take: I've been pounding this drum until my colleagues finish my sentences for me. This is crucial folks. What good are systems that don't communicate with each other? What good are systems that are not accessible? Interoperability is going to be key to long-term success of EMR/EHR. As human beings, we learn best and become proficient quicker when things work together. Having to work in an environment where systems don't work together is counter-productive and frustrating.
2. "Meaningful use - the rush to and the resulting effects of pushing the process is negatively impacting many smaller players which may ultimately change the playing field."
My take: It's a good thing the dates have been pushed, and I think that we're going to need additional time to get this right. It's not just about what needs to be done. Determining best practice processes is going to be vital to MU success. Our heads are already full of all the new things we're learning to do our jobs. Let's get best practices down so we don't have to frustrate people with changing rules and regulations.
3."ACOs' delivery model(s) will be instrumental in driving health IT."
My take: I Googled ACO Delivery Models. Oh my gosh...the entries are too many to even count. One thing we do know is that ACOs are supposed to be a new model for delivering healthcare services at reduced costs. To get buy-in from our medical staff, we need to know what we should be teaching teaching them and not be changing the rules as we go. And of course, unless ACOs can actually save money (yet to be demonstrated), the future of ACOs is likely to be short-lived.
4. "Training and learning assessment will be a key component to ensuring user acceptance and adoption."
My take: Yep, this is a no-brainer. What's missing in much of the planning process; however, it is the importance to involve HRD professionals from the beginning of each implementation. It should be the responsibility of the learning professionals to give guidance into the workflows of the systems, etc., so we can ensure our people can learn what they need to do to do their jobs more efficiently and effectively with the added component of EMR/EHR. We need to train and assess our people on only what they need to know, which takes planning and designing training based on user groups.
5. "Business growth and acquisitions are going to continue shaping the landscape."
My take: With any "new" major shift in any industry, we see this take place. We now have several hundred EMRs and a few "big boys" rising to the top of the pack. The same is happening with hospital systems as we continue to consolidate to achieve economies of scale and improved ROI with health delivery.
6. "The impact of social media in healthcare & health IT will be a key factor in the shift to participatory medicine."
My take: Social media is here and hospitals and providers are joining at a record pace. We need to continually be asking the question, "Do we know where our customers are and what they want to hear from us?" If our answer is "no," believe me, our competition does! If we don't communicating with our patients, investors, etc., in the way they want to receive it, they will go elsewhere to get what they need. It's a simple fact of today's world.
7. "Leveraging mobile technologies - mHealth apps and devices will be crucial to getting information/ data out in a timely manner."
My take: Physicians and hospitals are buying smart phones by the thousands. It used to only be the "cool" docs that had smart phones. Now it's the norm seeing physicians working on their mobile devices, using them to communicate with their peers, researching the Internet/Intranet and EMR/EHR systems. mHealth is here to stay. What we don't know is what the tools will look like a year from now!
By: Steve Campbell
Information Technology workers looking for an exciting challenge as healthcare IT professionals, can finally benefit from a new opportunity to train online, while earning an industry-recognized national certification. The Healthcare Information Technology Professional (HITP) course provides the fundamental knowledge and skills required by technical professionals to support a medical practice, clinic or facility in its adoption of Health IT and beyond.
Alameda Services, a New York based organization specializing in Healthcare courseware development introduced the new course to enable IT professionals to leverage their knowledge of information and computer science, while learning the core concepts of the US healthcare system, medical information systems and business intelligence and analytics.
“Our team of industry healthcare and information technology experts has designed this course specifically to offer new employment opportunities to IT workers and those who have a basic working knowledge of office technology,” says Lena Feygin, Dip LC, executive vice president and director of business development for Alameda Services. “We provide the crucial tools and training materials to facilitate the learning process, foster new skill development and ensure career success in the healthcare industry.”
The HITP course is based on core concepts including IT, healthcare practice, electronic health records / electronic medical records (EHR/EMR) and business intelligence and analytics. Students will learn about: healthcare technologies, patient data management, and the culture of the healthcare industry today.
The online learning system comprises in-depth activities to reflect the way that one area of Health IT knowledge blends into another, including:
· US Healthcare System
· Medical Law
· Terminology & effective communication in healthcare and public health settings
· Electronic health record implementation and management
· Healthcare compliance
· Concepts of quality improvement including patient safety
· Healthcare data management and organization
· Principles of business intelligence (BI) and business analytics
· BI applications in Healthcare
The HITP course is approved by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) to take its exam for national certification as a Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS), a certification often required by healthcare employers. Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a certificate of completion from Alameda Services and they will be prepared to the NHA exam to earn the industry-recognized national certification.
The best candidates for HITP training are professionals who have experience in the following areas: Help Desk/Desktop support; Network Administration (A+, Network+, MCP); Quality Assurance; or Business Analysis.
“Unlike similar courses which can be very time-consuming and costly, we have designed this program to be completed at the student’s own pace, typically 5-6 weeks. The regular price is $395, nearly one-third of similar offerings. During the month of December we are running a 20% off promotion offering the program for only $316” says Feygin.
By: Steve Campbell
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have announced that the number of physicians and hospitals to have registered for the Medicare or Medicaid electronic health record incentive program has increased to over 150,000 through the end of November.
According to a report at GovHealthIT.com the breakdown through the end of November is 115,093 physicians and hospitals that have signed up for the Medicare program and 39,503 that have signed up for the Medicaid program. 2,634 hospitals are eligible for both programs bring the total registrants to 154,596. That total number is up from around 114,000 at the end of September.
Total incentive funds paid out through November 30th now exceed $1.8 billion with nearly $1 billion of that having been paid over the past two months. At this rate the total payments for the incentive payments for the year may exceed $2.5 billion.
The breakdown of the $1.8 billion paid out so far is as follows:
* Payments under the Medicare Program $920 million
* Payments under the Medicaid Program $916 million
The CMS reports these numbers a few days after the close of each month.
By: John Ribeiro
IDG News Service — Microsoft and General Electric's healthcare IT business are setting up a 50:50 joint venture to develop and market an open, interoperable technology platform and clinical applications for enabling better population health management, the companies said Thursday.
The new company, to be headquartered near Microsoft's campus in Redmond, Washington, will develop an open platform that will give healthcare providers and independent software vendors (ISVs) the ability to develop a new generation of clinical applications. It will also develop healthcare applications on the platform using in-house developers, that will connect to a wide range of healthcare IT products from various vendors, the companies said.
The joint venture, which will operate globally, is expected to launch in the first half of next year after meeting customary conditions, including regulatory approvals, the companies said.
It is expected to employ more than 700 staff at the start, with a majority of employees currently working in Microsoft Health Solutions Group and the Healthcare Knowledge & Connectivity Solutions group at GE Healthcare IT transferring to the joint venture subject to the transaction closing, said Sebastien Duchamp, a spokesman for GE Healthcare.
The companies did not however disclose the investment by GE Healthcare and Microsoft in the joint venture which is yet to be named. It will have a presence in Salt Lake City, Utah and additional cities around the world.
Microsoft will contribute intellectual property including Amalga, an enterprise health intelligence platform; expreSSO, an enterprise single sign-on technology, and Vergence, a single sign-on and context management product.
GE Healthcare will contribute its eHealth health information exchange and Qualibria, described as a clinical knowledge application environment, that is being developed in cooperation with Intermountain Healthcare and Mayo Clinic.
The joint venture aims in the long term to offer a healthcare performance management suite that includes many of these products.
After the venture is set up, both Microsoft and GE will continue to sell other products and services to healthcare organizations around the globe.
Microsoft HealthVault, a service for people to organize, store and share health information online, will remain at Microsoft as a cloud-based service, Nate McLemore, general manager of Microsoft Health Solutions Group said in a blog post. The new company will join other ISVs in building applications that connect to, and leverage HealthVault, he added.