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Editor's e-Note
The holiday season is notorious for being a time of the year when it’s difficult to land a new job. But considering the preponderance of available HIT positions, that may not be the case for those hunting down such posts. Still, a little advice on how to best go about finding the ideal landing spot can never hurt. As such, one of this month’s E-News Exclusives offers suggestions to make the search go as smoothly as possible.

For those who haven’t yet reached this point in their burgeoning HIT careers, our other E-News Exclusive lists the top schools for obtaining an affordable informatics master’s degree.

Lee DeOrio, editor
e-News Exclusives
Tips for Landing an HIT Job

American Sentinel University offers tips to HIT professionals for gaining a competitive edge in the health care marketplace.

A recent study by HIMSS shows demand for qualified HIT professionals is at an all-time high and a candidate’s skill set is the differentiating factor when filling a position. The skill most desired is that of an IT professional who has clinical workflow and terminology experience.

“Technology and health care are two ever-changing industries. When the two collide it creates dynamic and exciting challenges for health IT professionals,” says Blair Smith, PhD, dean of Informatics-Management-Technology programs at American Sentinel University. “Electronic medical record implementation has become the focal point and while it offers tremendous capabilities, it also creates a multitude of challenges for today’s IT professionals. Those with in-demand skills will find themselves far more marketable.”

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Industry Insight
RTI International to Develop Road Map for HIT Safety Center

As part of an effort to advance the safety and safe use of HIT, RTI International has been awarded a contract from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to create a road map for the development of a national HIT safety center.

The road map will aim to define the focus, functions, governance, and value of a new national HIT safety center. Prior work by government, industry, and academia has envisioned this new center as a public-private entity that provides engagement, evidence, and education around HIT safety.

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Other News
Hospital Discovers Privacy Breach
on Rob Ford’s Files

Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was the victim of medical record snooping, according to The Globe and Mail.

Detroit-Area Companies Tap Into
Telehealth Market

Telehealth is one of the industries helping the Detroit area make its comeback, according to Crain’s Detroit Business.
Featured Jobs
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Inpatient Coding Specialist
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, Wallingford, CT
Exeter Hospital, New Hampshire, United States
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Tech & Tools
PatientReach Mobile
Solutionreach recently launched PatientReach Mobile, a patient-facing mobile application that helps health care professionals stay connected with their patients outside of the practice environment. HIPAA-secure SMS messaging can be exchanged between provider and patient, complete with file or image sharing and push notifications. Patients can also manage their schedules, confirm and set reminders for upcoming visits, or request new appointments with their provider. Health care providers also benefit from the abilities to automate outstanding balance notifications and collect mobile payments. Though any patient can access the free download in the iTunes App Store, only health care providers that use Solutionreach will be able to connect with their patients through the application. Learn more »

Kids Making Healthy Choices App
Kids Making Healthy Choices, an app based on the children’s book Making Healthy Choices — A Story to Inspire Fit, Weight-Wise Kids by Merilee A. Kern, is intended to motivate kids who are overweight to get and stay on a healthy track and kids within a healthy weight range to continue making wise lifestyle choices and better understand and empathize with peers struggling with a weight problem. The app includes both the boys’ and girls’ eBook editions of Making Healthy Choices — A Story to Inspire Fit, Weight-Wise Kids; story discussion question prompts; health-themed game and activity sheets such as a crossword puzzle, maze, word scramble, letter shuffle, and connect the dots; healthy recipes for kid-friendly food and drink items; and resource lists for caregivers/educators of online tools such as internet calculators, online quizzes, interactive games, videos, and other kids’ health apps, as well as information tools such as news, important statistics and findings, and helpful programs. Learn more »

BiliCam App Detects Newborn Jaundice
University of Washington engineers and physicians have developed a smartphone application that checks for jaundice in newborns and delivers results to parents and pediatricians within minutes. It could serve as a screening tool to determine whether a baby needs a blood test—the gold standard for detecting high levels of bilirubin. Since newborn jaundice is a common condition in babies less than one week old, a parent or health care provider can use this smartphone test to get an accurate picture of bilirubin after the baby leaves the hospital. The app, called BiliCam, uses a smartphone’s camera and flash and a color calibration card the size of a business card. A parent or health care professional would download the app, place the card on the baby’s belly, and take a picture with the card in view. The card calibrates and accounts for different lighting conditions and skin tones. Data from the photo are sent to the cloud and analyzed by machine-learning algorithms, and a report on the newborn’s bilirubin levels is sent almost instantly to the parent’s phone. Learn more »
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