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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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Electronic Health Record Use at an All-Time High

According to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), almost all hospitals currently utilize certified electronic heath record (EHR) technology and meet meaningful use requirements promoted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. A complementary technology, personal electronic health records (PHRs), increases patient access to information, allowing the monitoring and […]

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Career Paths in Health Information Technology

Patient information is an invaluable resource. Using patient histories, physicians keep track of how to care for patients, and learn new ways to improve medicine. Caregivers use technology to manage the large data volumes created by patient medical records and trust specially trained individuals to maintain the data’s integrity. Health information technology specialists train in […]

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How ICD-10 has Impacted Healthcare

The World Health Organization established the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) to standardize medical records. ICD-10 is an update that reflects changing needs in the medical field. The code has provided increased detail and flexibility over the last ten years. However, implementing the code presents medical establishments with several challenges. The biggest challenge is finding […]

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Top 4 Threats to Healthcare Security

Healthcare information security is a major concern for healthcare providers as well as governments across the world. With patient health records being digitized, there is the danger of health information becoming compromised or stolen outright. Cyber security is a top priority for health systems managers everywhere. But there are problems that go beyond the typical […]

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What Patients Think About New HI Technology

The technologies associated with health informatics are varied. From electronic health records to apps that connect doctor and patient, the goal is to make people healthier while saving money and time. There is quite a bit of “back-end technology” being used in health systems that patients don’t get to see or use, like data collection […]

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How Health Informatics Tools can Reduce Infant Mortality

Health informatics isn’t limited to improving efficiencies in healthcare. Health technologies are also being used in research initiatives that are saving lives. One trend that the medical community is trying to reverse is infant mortality, and technology has proven to be an important tool in these efforts. Researchers, technology companies and doctors are working together […]

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5 Ways Technology is Improving Health

It could be argued that of all the ways technology has improved the lives of humans across the globe, none are as important as the technological advances in medicine. From the invention of X-ray machines to advances in surgical practices, technology has made us healthier and increased life expectancies[1]. As we move further into the […]

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3 Ways Health Informatics is Cutting Patient Wait Times

Health informatics (HI) isn’t the screwdriver, it’s the whole toolbox. In other words, it’s not one tool, but a strategy that uses many tools that can help fix many problems. When we talk about making healthcare more efficient using health informatics, one of the main concerns is patient wait times. Master of Science in Health […]

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How Health Informatics is Making Medicine More Efficient

The US National Library of Medicine cites Dr. Procter, who defines health informatics as “the interdisciplinary study of the design, development, adoption and application of IT-based innovations in healthcare services delivery, management and planning” [1][2]. One of the main goals of health informatics is to improve the quality of healthcare by making it more efficient […]

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3 Bachelor’s Degrees that Get Students Ready for a MSHI

People often wonder what bachelor’s degrees can prepare them for a Master of Science in Health Informatics. Many of the students in the program have clinical backgrounds or have worked in nursing, pharmacology or other medical-related fields. Others have come from fields like computer science. Clearly, the number and types of undergraduate degrees that can […]

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How Healthcare Technology is Battling Diabetes

Technology has strongly impacted healthcare for well over a century. From machines found in hospitals, to personal devices that impact our health while driving in a car, it seems like new health technology is everywhere. It has facilitated the change in AIDS from a deadly epidemic to an increasingly treatable virus whose victims can now […]

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5 Ways Millennials View Healthcare Differently

The 18-34 year old segment of Americans – known as millennials – makes up roughly one quarter of the current population. As policy makers debate over how to effectively provide healthcare to those who are still uninsured, it would be wise to understand the views millennials have on such an important topic. Though these young […]

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