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- Public health Moneyball. Because big data can be used to optimize the health of neighborhoods, nations, or even the world, it gives health czars and policymakers an opportunity to save the maximum number of lives with a minimum investment. Christopher Murray, MD, godfather of this approach, is famous for releasing the new version of the global burden of disease data–and ruffling feathers for ranking the U.S. “37th best health system,” despite it spending the most per capita. The story of his quest and struggles was recently published in a book.
- New accreditation that allows UW HIMT students to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam. The UW-Green Bay Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Technology program is now CAHIIM accredited. This is a big step for the program and for its students!
- More good than harm from EHRs. Health IT has drastically reduced the number of medical medication mistakes and other adverse care coordination events in the past decade, says the Office of the National Coordinator.
- No need for a carrot–the EHR market will grow anyway. The law of the universe generally goes like this: the carrot incentive is not quite as effective as a swift kick in the you-know-what. Researchers believe the EHR market will grow even more in the next four years as more physicians and hospitals acquire EHR systems to avoid the “kick” of penalties for not going paperless.
- How much do HIM and HIT professionals actually make? Earnings depend on setting, experience, and other factors–but HIM and HIT professionals are in high demand right now and have the salaries to prove it.
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Just as Billy Beane, general manager of the Oakland Athletics, used sabermetrics to maximize wins, epidemiologists can crunch data to determine the so-called global burden of disease—information that can be used to optimize the health of a neighborhood, nation, or the entire globe. Call it Moneyball for public health. You might think that policymakers and health czars would jump at the chance to save the maximum number of lives with a minimum of investment. But it hasn’t always been easy going for Christopher Murray, the godfather of the approach, who today directs the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. Read more…
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The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Technology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Accreditation by CAHIIM is your assurance that our program meets the rigorous academic quality and competency standards established by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and CAHIIM. Completing a CAHIIM-accredited program qualifies you to sit for industry credentialing exams such as the RHIA offered by AHIMA. Read more…
Widespread EHR adoption and the short-term impacts of meaningful use are measurably improving patient safety, the Office of the National Coordinator says in a new issue brief. Despite ongoing concerns about transcription errors and poor EHR data integrity that may put patients at risk for medication mistakes and other adverse care coordination events, health IT has done more good than harm over the past decade and a half, say Andrew Gettinger, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer and Acting Director of the ONC’s Office of Clinical Quality and Safety and Senior Policy Analyst Kathy Kenyon, JD, in a Health IT Buzz blog post. Read more…
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The $25 billion EMR market will continue to grow even after the government incentives for doctors and hospitals to go digital have vanished, according to an “EMR 2015: The Market for Electronic Medical Records,” a new report from research firm Kalorama Information. “Expect a fair amount of competition and stable growth next few years, without incentives boosting the market,” said Bruce Carlson, publisher of Kalorama Information, in a statement. “Eventually, there will be market saturation, but this is a bit of a way off, especially in emerging markets.” Read more…
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We’ve all heard the story. Someone earns a bachelor’s or master’s degree, is unable to land a decent-paying job, and ends up financially strapped because of a less-than-ideal income, student loan debt, and an inability to progress in the field. The good news is if you graduate with a health information management (HIM) or health information technology (HIT) degree, you don’t have to worry about that. It’s not a matter of whether you will find a decent-paying job—but rather, which job you will choose when multiple offers come your way. This is because HIM and HIT professionals are in high demand, and they have the salaries to prove it. Read more…
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