Credit Healthcare.gov with starting a discussion. If the public sector is going to use better IT and attract new talent, agencies have to start now, urges a report commissioned by the Ford and MacArthur foundations.
The technologist who helped bring the world Microsoft Word, Excel and other software that's now a part of modern personal and corporate life is taking on the vast challenge of managing the federal insurance marketplace.
Todd Park, chief technology officer of the United States, joined fellow government IT leaders and former government IT administrators at a hearing before a House oversight committee. If you drill down through more than five hours of hearing, there are some takeaways for government and health IT workers.
Healthcare organizations are struggling to find skilled workers, a surprising percentage are putting analytics efforts on a backburner for lack of talent, and that is holding them back from population health management techniques.
The first-ever HIT workforce survey found that 79 percent of responding providers and technology vendors plan to hire additional staff in the coming months. In the meantime, talent shortages are posing problems.
Research conducted by the Workforce Institute provides evidence that automated staff-scheduling technology in healthcare has a positive impact – as employees reported increased job satisfaction, and decreased work-family conflict and stress. This whitepaper outlines current scheduling challenges in healthcare and also shows that automated staff-scheduling technology is not only an effective solution to scheduling challenges, it also helps improve employee recruiting, engagement, and retention, while simultaneously improving operational efficiency.
Hospitals need to move beyond minimum staffing ratios and make the best use of staff to meet quality and productivity goals under healthcare reform. One trend in staffing today is using acuity classification which allows a more precise distribution of resources as staffing ratios can be customized to the acuity of patients, and denser coverage delivered to patients with the greatest need. Download this Q&A with IDC analyst Judy Hanover to get insights on solutions.
Want to create a safer, more therapeutic environment for staff and patients alike? Nursing leadership engaged in workforce automation can build and maintain a strong, sustainable infrastructure for the future. A nurse staffing strategy survey was conducted and results show just over half of the respondents felt their nurse staff levels to be adequate, leaving the other half dissatisfied. Learn more.
The current economic climate has placed unprecedented pressure on public agencies to reduce costs and increase their efficiency. At the same time, spending is under increased scrutiny. How are public sector organizations responding to these issues? Download “Enhancing Productivity through Transparency and Accountability: Workforce Management in the Public Sector,” to learn what organizations around the country are doing to meet these challenges.
Healthcare IT professionals are under pressure to deliver complex applications with high performance
and security, while tight budgets demand cost reduction initiatives. For this reason, healthcare IT
professionals will seek service-based offerings that reduce the infrastructure burden on their
organizations while reducing operating costs and the associated capital investment. Labor represents the single largest cost for healthcare providers, and workforce management applications are key to monitoring and managing this cost. Workforce management applications are mature, installed solutions at most healthcare providers; many have an opportunity to outsource their application hosting, management, maintenance, and support to qualified service providers. To maintain workforce management applications and services while leveraging IT staff for new clinical implementations, provider IT departments will seek cloud-based cloud service options that preserve service levels for employees and managers using workforce management applications.
The federal government is offering $51 million for R&D in metabolomics, as more public health efforts turn to early diagnosis of diabetes and prediabetes as key to preventing and managing the costly illness.
HIMSS Professional Development is helping to orchestrate the 8th Annual Government Health IT Conference & Exhibition at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC from June 11-12, 2012.