Healthcare IT SIG: Healthcare IT Staffing – How Will We Meet the Need?

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    This month, we turn our attention to jobs in healthcare IT.  Analysts have pointed out that the demand for trained IT workers in the healthcare sector is looking like it will exceed the supply. How will this affect you? Is it an opportunity for you as a skilled professional? A limiting factor on your organization’s ability to comply with regulatory requirements and grow? A safety concern for you as a patient? 

    “A significant and growing shortage of health information technology workers appears greater than previously estimated, according to a new analysis by PwC's Health Research Institute.” (http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/health-it-worker-shortage-looms). 

    Several factors are driving the need for healthcare IT workers. These include incentives to adopt and demonstrate “Meaningful Use” of Electronic Medical Records, tightened HIPAA privacy and security requirements, requirements for Health Information Exchanges, the shift from ICD-9 to ICD-10 codes for reporting diagnoses and procedures, and increased use of mobile devices and mobile apps, to name a few. Also see http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/health-it-leaders-face-hiring-woes

    Our panel will discuss this important topic on May 14th. They will provide perspectives on the demand for healthcare IT workers, training in this area, and how they see things shaping up for the future. 

    Need to hire people? Bring copies of your postings. 

    Looking for a new position? Bring copies of your resume. 

    Please register so we know how many will be attending.

    PANELISTS: 


    DJ Mauldin, Account Manager, TEKsystems 

    DJ joined TEKsystems in 2010 as a technical recruiter focusing in Network Infrastructure and Data Warehouse talent management. After eight months of recruiting, he joined TEKsystems Healthcare Services’ sales team and has spent the last year working with healthcare organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. His focus is on consulting with organizations to improve their technology roadmaps and resource plans. An additional focus is helping to identify top HIT talent and supporting organizations to achieve the required criteria and standards for technology adoption and Meaningful Use. DJ is a member of the Northern California HIMSS Board. He is also a member of the Mission College HIT Advisory Board where he works with local healthcare professionals to make improvements to the HIT Program’s curriculum and job training. 

    DJ earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Organizational Development while playing four years of Varsity Baseball at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. 

    Deborah Medeiros, RN, MSN, Senior Director of Clinical Systems and Informatics, El Camino Hospital 

    Ms. Medeiros has been a healthcare professional and clinical technology leader for 13 years with a unique skill set consisting of extensive integrated clinical and information systems experience. She has been an innovations & technology lead at Kaiser Permanente (South Bay), Carson Tahoe Hospital (Nevada), Seton Family of Hospitals (Texas), and El Camino Hospital (California). Ms. Medeiros currently works at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, CA. El Camino Hospital has the distinction of having the first inpatient Electronic Medical Record and Clinical Physician Order Entry System implemented in 1971. Ms. Medeiros and her team are responsible for the inpatient clinical computer systems in a highly complex IT environment across a two-campus hospital system. 
     

    Mark Carroll, MPH

    University of California, Davis – School of Medicine

    Assistant Director, Health Informatics Graduate Program

    Lecturer, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Division of Pathology Informatics

    Public Health Informaticist

    Faculty, UC Davis Health Informatics Certificate Program

    Mark’s career began in the Biotech and Pharmaceutical fields working for some of the largest companies in the sector.  After becoming involved with several Pharmaceutical Informatics projects, he became a Public Health Informaticist.  Mark has worked on several Informatics grants at both the State and Federal levels.  Mark began working at the University of California, Davis for a State grant and has since moved into both a leadership and faculty role within their graduate program in Health Informatics.  Mark is on the Board of the Northern California chapter of the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and has been an active member of HIMSS since 2001 nationally and a member of both the Illinois and California affiliates.   

    Mark earned his B.A. in Health Science Administration from St. Mary’s College of California, his M.P.H in Public Health Informatics from the University of Illinois, Chicago and holds a graduate certificate in Field Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

    EVENTS WORTH NOTING: 

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    Friday & Saturday, May 10 & 11, 2013 
    MedHelp's Healthy Hack Day Hackathon 

    Interested in hacking for health? Have a talent for designing simple, beautiful apps? 

    Come hack with us! 

    MedHelp.org, the largest online health community, will be hosting a health hackathon at MedHelp HQ in downtown San Francisco on May 10 and 11. 

    Hackers/designers will be asked to build a health app in twenty-four hours to make the world a happier, healthier place to live. We'll be providing free food, beverages, and APIs and tools help build their apps quickly. $1k in cash prizes will be given to the top teams. 

    A few details are below : 

    What: MedHelp's Healthy Hack Day Hackathon 
    When: May 10 6:30pm - May 11 7:00pm 
    Where: MedHelp HQ, 929 Market St. San Francisco, CA 94109 
    Why: Cash prizes, free food and beverages and to build awesome apps that keep people healthy. 
    Price: FREE 

    Signups here: http://healthyhackday.eventbrite.com/ 

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    Wednesday, May 15, 2013

    Northern California Chapter of HIMSS

    California State HIT Day

    9:00am-4:30pm + reception

    Sacramento Hyatt  Sacramento, CA

    The California State Health IT Day will promote the California health IT projects  to state legislators, their staff, federal agency staff and state executives.  Come make your voice heard and:

    • learn about California's current and future health IT initiatives and how HIMSS Advocacy at the State and National level support these initiatives.
    • demonstrate to the California State Legislature, their staff and other officials how California health IT initiatives will assist California's health care providers in their significant use of health information technology. 
    • foster candid dialogue between state government officials, their staff, federal agency staff, and other state private and public sector stakeholders in furtherance of the mission of the Chapter as an advocate for health IT issues

    Details at http://www.nocalhimss.org/

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    ** Special 10% Discount!! **

    Wireless Life Sciences Alliance

    Convergence Summit 2013 
    Wednesday, May 29, 2013 7:00 AM - Thursday, May 30, 2013 7:00 PM (Pacific Time) 
    Omni San Diego Hotel, Level 4 
    675 L Street 
    San Diego, 92101

    See http://wirelesslifesciences.org/what-we-do/convergence-summit/ 

    Use code CS13WLSAD for 10 percent discount. 

    The 2013 Convergence Summit is WLSA's annual flagship event where healthcare, technology and communication leaders tackle key issues facing the wireless health community. They design a 2-day agenda that convenes the who’s who in health thought leaders, strategic investors, policy makers and entrepreneurs. 

    The Convergence Summit is attended by the full spectrum of mobile health stakeholders—academics and researchers, mobile executives and entrepreneurs, medical professionals, tech journalists, and students.

    Agenda:

    6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Registration / Networking / Refreshments

    7:00 - 7:15 p.m. Announcements and Introductions

    7:15 - 8:30 p.m. Presentation and Discussion

    8:30 - 8:45 p.m. Wrap-up / Networking