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7 leadership qualities developed in an HIM program

The field of health information management offers a number of interesting career paths for qualified professionals. Located in a variety of settings, HIM positions are typically tasked with resolving challenges that involve the quality, integrity and safety of protected patient information. It is the perfect field for the professional whose interests lie at the intersection […]

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Cybersecurity: How can it be improved in health care?

It has become increasingly clear that cybersecurity is a risk factor in health care data. Data breaches cost the health care industry approximately $5.6 billion every year, according to Becker’s Hospital Review. The Breach Barometer Report: Year in Review additionally found that there was an average of at least one health data breach per day […]

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Career spotlight: Nurse informatics specialist

Data is increasingly proving to be valuable in the field of health care. The copious amounts of information that are collected, analyzed and leveraged every day are used to trend population health, decrease unnecessary spending, improve best practices, enhance patient care and more, contributing to the efficiency and efficacy of health care organizations across the […]

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A walkthrough of the health informatics degree application process

The field of health informatics is on the rise. Between advancements in health care technology and new government mandates that require detailed reports on a variety of metrics, an increasing amount of data is collected and leveraged every day. Consequently, there is increased demand for professionals who have the skills and knowledge necessary to work […]

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Current trends in the health information management field

The collection, storage and analysis of data is playing an increasingly important role in the healthcare field, as are the professionals who work with this information. The 2017 HIMSS Leadership and Workforce Survey found that 61 percent of vendors/consultants and 53 percent of hospitals had increased the size of their IT workforce in the last […]

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What you need to apply to the UIC MSHI program

The use of data in health care is on the rise. According to a report by Market Research, the market for big data in health care is expected to increase globally to $35 billion by 2021. Through the collection, storage and analysis of this health data, organizations have the potential to save money, improve patient […]

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6 tips for your health informatics job interview

CCareer opportunities in the field of health informatics are on the rise. A study from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society released in February, 2017 revealed that employers are struggling to fill health IT departments with qualified professionals. According to the report, 61 percent of vendors/consultants and 43 percent of providers currently have open […]

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The job market post-graduation for HIM careers

Health information management is a critical component of the data age in health care. As an increasing amount of information is collected from patients, physicians and other key players these groups need a growing number of professionals to ensure that the data is leveraged as effectively and efficiently as possible, opening new job opportunities for […]

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How to mitigate the cost of a health informatics or health information management degree

When it comes to pursuing a career in health informatics or health information management, degree can help you to acquire the skills and knowledge that you need to succeed in this fast-growing field.  An advanced degree is an investment not only in your career, but in your own personal development, that should be planned for […]

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How Health Care Analytics Improves Patient Care

Cutting-edge data analytics, if used properly, improves patient care in the health care system. With the change in health care toward outcome and value-based payment initiatives, analyzing available data to discover which practices are most effective helps cut costs and improves the health of the populations served by health care institutions. “Data analytics” refers to […]

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The Growing Health IT Sector

The health IT sector is growing, offering new opportunities to cut health care costs and improve patient care. Not only do electronic health records help reduce paperwork and better allocate resources, but they allow experts to track population-related health information on a broad scale, which helps better allocate resources and improve population health. The growing […]

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Four 2017 Health IT Legislative Proposals

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, seeks to advance a health information technology infrastructure to revolutionize the U.S. health care system. One of the keywords of its strategy is “interoperability,” which means the ability to exchange and interpret shared data […]

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Tips to Help You Land Your First HIM Job

The field of health information management (HIM) comprises a small, niche community of professionals. Students who want to integrate themselves into this community have a number of ways to go about achieving that goal. Here are some tips for HIM students to enter into the field through volunteering, job shadowing, networking, researching, résumé-building and interviewing. […]

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Health Information Specialist Career Path Overview

The growing sector of health information promises high growth in jobs for specialists, including technicians. Health informatics professionals gather, analyze and code patient data for reimbursement from insurance companies; maintain accuracy and completeness of patient data for research and analysis as well as for databases and registries; and maintain the medical and treatment histories of […]

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Careers that are ideal for transitioning into health informatics

Data is being used to improve processes, products and services in numerous industries across the U.S. By collecting numbers, images, videos and more, trends and best practices are able to be sorted out that may have otherwise gone unnoticed. A specific field that is increasingly making use of this data to this end is health […]

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Why Data Security is The Biggest Concern of Health Care

More than 750 data breaches occurred in 2015, the top seven of which opened over 193 million personal records to fraud and identity theft. The top three breaches of data security were from the health care industry. The largest health care breach ever recorded was that of the health insurance company, Anthem. The breach exposed […]

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The effect of healthcare IT in 2017 and beyond

As 2017 begins, healthcare is once again looking ahead to the latest and greatest that the year will bring in terms of information technology. With IT becoming an increasingly important part of the field in terms of both direct and indirect patient care, the dollars of healthcare organizations are expected to be invested in strategies […]

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Challenges Facing the Telehealth Industry

Health care costs have been increasing for consumers, driving them to make different choices in their care. Some skip seeing a doctor, or order generic drugs instead of brand name ones; some don’t go to follow-up care, or skip a procedure or treatment. A significant percentage of patients ask about alternative care or treatments because […]

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MACRA: What you need to know in 2017

Reimbursement from insurers is a major concern for those who work in the healthcare system. Because few patients pay out-of-pocket for services, much of the revenue of medical providers and organizations alike depends on payouts from both private and public insurers. One of the largest contributors to these payments is the federal health insurance program […]

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5 Tools to Track Digital Health

Smart applications are the latest trend in wellness. People can track their heart health, manage pregnancies and encourage healthy habits in children using smart applications, and as technology improves, developers continue to find innovative ways to promote health. The Future of Wellness Many individuals use fitness and activity applications on their smart devices, but other […]

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How Population Health and Data Improve Quality-Care

Caregivers are implementing innovative technologies to improve population health. By combining data analysis technology with medical information, population health technology allows organizations to evaluate massive data repositories and discover previously unrecognized trends. Implementing the technology presents challenges, however, caregiving organizations press forward with their efforts to secure the tool. The Focus on Population Health Emerges […]

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