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HIMSS, AHIMA Release Results of HIE Staffing Environmental Scan

CHICAGO, (February 11, 2013) – Healthcare information exchange (HIE) organizations have become prime employers for both aspiring and experienced health information technology (IT) and healthcare information management (HIM) professionals, with the escalation of healthcare reform initiatives, such as HITECH and the Affordable Care Act. Noting this trend, plus the need for more formal research on necessary education, training, resources, talent and experience to effectively and efficiently staff HIE organizations, HIMSS and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) have released the findings of their 2012 HIE Staffing Model Environmental Scan.

HIMSS and AHIMA established a joint workgroup to explore both current and planned HIE staffing models with the goal of providing a clear understanding of the professional skill sets and experience critical to HIE organizational success.  Representatives from 35 HIE organizations, encompassing a wide range of sizes, locations, funding strategies and stages of implementation, responded to a detailed survey on their operational strategies, current staffing profiles and anticipated hiring needs.

 “The laudable goal of HIEs – to connect healthcare providers electronically to facilitate higher quality care – can only be realized if we ensure the right resources and staff are developed,” said AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon, MBA, RHIA, CAE, FACHE, FAHIMA. “This study outlines recommendations for moving this industry forward.”

Trends in Health Information Exchange Organizational Staffing: AHIMA/HIMSS HIE Staffing Model Environmental Scan presents the results of this effort, including:

  • Detailed information on current and planned staffing for HIE organizations of all sizes, including the use of full-time, part-time, job-sharing, outsourcing and on-site contractor positions;
  • Trends in staffing needs across the life span of an HIE organization;
  • Use of federal programs, such as the HITECH Workforce Development Consortiums;
  • Common staffing challenges encountered by HIE organizations;
  • Recommendations for both HIE organizations and health IT professionals; and
  • Suggestions for future research.

“Deployment and effective use of information technology is complex, challenging work   requiring skilled staff.  This study provides unique insight into the world of HIE organizations, focused on skill sets and experiences required for today’s and future expectations.  This first study also sets a benchmark for additional workforce studies in this critical area,” says Carla Smith, MA, CNM, FHIMSS, Executive Vice President, HIMSS.

Access this environmental scan research through HIMSS and AHIMA.  For additional discussion on this topic, join the conversation in the HIMSS LinkedIn group and the AHIMA LinkedIn group.

About HIMSS     

HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of health and healthcare. Founded 52 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. HIMSS represents more than 52,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 600 corporate members and more than 225 not-for-profit partner organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the best use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, research initiatives, and media vehicles designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing our cause, please visit our website at www.himss.org.

About AHIMA

Celebrating its 85th anniversary this year, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) represents more than 67,000 educated health information management professionals in the United States and around the world. AHIMA is committed to promoting and advocating for high quality research, best practices and effective standards in health information and to actively contributing to the development and advancement of health information professionals worldwide. AHIMA’s enduring goal is quality healthcare through quality information. www.ahima.org

February 14, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

HIMSS Appoints New Vice President for Government Relations

Arlington, VA (January 23, 2013)- HIMSS has announced the promotion of Thomas M. Leary, MALA, CAE, FHIMSS to the position of Vice President, Government Relations, where he will lead HIMSS’ public policy initiatives and outreach to Congress and Federal agencies.  The appointment is effective immediately.

“Health IT has an important role in healthcare transformation,” said Leary, “I am thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to engage HIMSS and our members with Congress, federal agency leaders, and our healthcare community partners on the critical health IT policy issues facing our nation.”

Leary had served as HIMSS’ Senior Director of Federal Affairs since 2003, directing HIMSS’ public policy activities with federal agencies, including analysis and response to federal regulatory requirements and leveraging HIMSS member subject matter expertise in health IT public policy development.

“We conducted a thorough search, and interviewed a number of impressive candidates.  Ultimately, it was clear that Tom was the best person for the job, and I’m delighted that he’s accepted,” said Carla Smith, Executive Vice President of HIMSS.   “His longtime dedication to healthcare transformation, and his deep understanding of the important issues and players in Washington, DC will further HIMSS’s cause of improving the quality, safety, cost-effectiveness and access to care through the best use of IT.”

Leary has spent most of his career focused on federal healthcare policy and regulation development. His experience prior to joining HIMSS includes a position as Division Manager for Science Applications International Corporation’s TRICARE Division, where he was engaged in the coordination of healthcare administrative outsourcing solutions for the Military Health System.  He also held several roles at the Department of Defense, including as the Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) and as the Special Assistant for Health Care Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Legislative Affairs).  Leary began his career in Washington working on Capitol Hill for Representative Les Aspin.

Tom Leary holds a Master of Arts degree in Legislative Affairs from the George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in History/Political Science from Rutgers College, The State University of New Jersey. He was awarded the HIMSS Award of Excellence for FY11 and received an award for exemplary civilian service from the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Leary replaces Dave Roberts, who was elected to the San Diego Board of Supervisors and began his term early this month.

About HIMSS

HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 52 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. HIMSS represents nearly 50,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 570 corporate members and more than 225 not-for-profit partner organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, research initiatives, and media vehicles designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing our cause, please visit our website at www.himss.org.

February 6, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

HIMSS and ACCE Recognize Paul H. Frisch for Excellence in Clinical Engineering and IT

CHICAGO (January 15, 2013) – Paul H. Frisch, PhD, FHIMSS, received the 2012 ACCE-HIMSS Excellence in Clinical Engineering and Information Technology Synergies Award, a joint award sponsored by ACCE and HIMSS. The Boards of Directors of both organizations selected the recipient.

The award recognizes individuals who have best demonstrated leadership in promoting or implementing significant synergies between the clinical engineering and information technology professions.  Award recipients also must be members in good standing of both organizations.  Nominees for the award are honored for professional or technical contributions to the professions, such as research, development of a new process or product, a paper of significance, and “trailblazing’ work in a new application of clinical engineering and IT.

“The American College of Clinical Engineering is very proud to support the selection of Dr. Frisch for this award.  His work is an excellent model for the new direction that practitioners of clinical engineering need to take as more and more of the technologies we work with incorporate computer-based functionality and integrate with health IT systems.  Dr. Frisch is to be commended for his forward-thinking leadership in our profession,” says Jim Keller, President of ACCE.

Dr. Frisch has over 30 years of professional experience and contributions to the field; and is a long-standing of member of HIMSS & ACCE. He has educated clinical staff, administration and hospital thought leaders about diverse technologies and the synergies required to develop, deploy and manage complex systems in the healthcare setting.

As a faculty member and Chief of Biomedical Engineering in the Department of Medical Physics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, and a visiting professor at Binghamton University, Dr. Frisch is also a researcher. One of his research interests has been the transition of clinical devices from stand-alone to networked systems sharing and distributing information between clinical applications and devices. He has extensively researched how these devices have also moved to expand their functionality to use wireless technologies (WiFi, etc.) as medium for conveying this critical information. As these clinical devices and systems transition between the boundaries of engineering and information technology, it becomes critical for the industry to develop a strong synergy between information technologies and biomedical / clinical engineering.

To further demonstrate this complex interaction, Frisch designed the Intelligent Hospital™ Pavilion, an interactive exhibit first introduced at HIMSS11.This addition to the exhibit floor has helpedraise awareness of, and educated the healthcare industry on, the many applications of RFID and RTLS technologies integrated within clinical scenarios, including the required synergy between information technologies and biomedical/clinical engineering.

Dr. Frisch will be honored at the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition Awards Recognition Banquet on March 5, 2013, from 6:30 – 9 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans during the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition. Tickets for the dinner can be purchased on the HIMSS13 website.

“The connection and integration between clinical engineering and information technology come to the forefront with this joint ACCE-HIMSS award, as indicated by the accomplishments of this year’s recipient Paul H. Frisch, PhD, FHIMSS.  All of us at HIMSS congratulate Dr. Frisch for his ongoing contributions to the Society, and specifically, to HIMSS13, where he will speak at the Clinical Engineering & IT Symposium and has already provided his expertise for one of our large, interactive exhibits,” says H. Stephen Lieber, CAE, HIMSS President & CEO.

About ACCE

Founded in 1990, the American College of Clinical Engineering (ACCE) is committed to enhancing the profession of clinical engineering. With members in the United States and abroad, the ACCE is the only internationally recognized professional society for clinical engineers.

About HIMSS                                                                                                                                                                                        HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of health and healthcare. Founded 52 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. HIMSS represents more than 52,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 600 corporate members and more than 225 not-for-profit partner organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the best use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, research initiatives, and media vehicles designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing our cause, please visit our website at www.himss.org.

February 5, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.