Technology Staffing articles and Beyond!

By Paul Fleming Jr.

Today’s post comes from the pen of technology writer Lisa Vaas and features our own senior account executive Matt Richard.

Her topic?

The Cover Letter is Dead. Long Live LinkedIn!, posted on the SmartBear Software Quality Matters Blog.

Do you agree with Matt’s perspective?

Let us know what you think!

By Vincent LaRosa

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services last week extended the deadline for eligible professionals to attest to meaningful use for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program by a month.

The extension will be from 11:59 pm EST on Feb. 28, 2014 to 11:59 EST on March 31, 2014.  Providers will have one additional month to submit and avoid the 2015 penalty or “Payment Adjustment.”

This change in the date is not extended to other programs, such as the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS).

CMS is also extending assistance to hospitals that are having difficulty in attesting .  This comes in the form of retroactive analysis to avoid the 2015  payment adjustment.

Eligible hospitals may contact CMS for assistance submitting attestations retroactively. Hospitals must contact CMS by CMS by March 15 in order to participate for the 2013 program year.

Information from Healthcare IT News was used in this report.

Dr. Vincent LaRosa is Eliassen Group’s Healthcare IT Director.

By Paul Fleming Jr.

As an IT professional, you are tremendous at what you do.

An expert. A pro’s pro. An A-level performer each and every day when you are at work.

You have no issues.

Except for one.

And it’s in an area that you have never given much thought about until now.

The subject?

You are not particularly adept at being a strategic thinker within the structure of the company/organization you work for.

And that one deficiency is causing your career to stagnate and impede your ability to grow as a professional.

A recent Computerworld survey of 498 IT professionals found that the three non-technical skills they said would make them most valuable to senior leaders would be:

  • Strategic thinking (24 %)
  • Connecting with customers (16%)
  • Analytical thinking (15%)

In this article on the topic, author Tracy Mayor reached out to several seasoned CIOs and asked them how they became integral parts of the leadership teams at their respective companies.

Her key takeaways?

  • Volunteer for key projects early and often. And once you are placed on the team, maneuver your role closer to the business side of the operation.
  • Approach key stakeholders directly once you are on a project. And don’t be shy about giving your opinions.
  • Take advantage of departmental promotions, staff changes and reorganizations.
  • If your company has a mentorship program, use it to forge a close relationship with a senior thought leader.
  • Share what you learn if you get sent to industry conferences and professional development programs.
  • Fill a gap. Look around at what’s not being done at your company AND DO IT.

By Paul Fleming Jr.

The number of IT jobs increased to 4,587,500 last month, according to the latest analysis from TechServe Alliance, the national trade association of the IT & Engineering Staffing and Solutions Industry. On a year-over-year basis, IT employment has grown by 2.83 percent since last year, having added 126,200 workers.

Last month’s figure is a reflection of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ annual benchmarking of all employment data.

What’s particularly interesting about last month’s IT job number is that it reflects a growth rate of 0.40 percent when compared to the prior month’s rate of growth, which was 0.03 percent.

While the number of IT jobs grew in totality in 2013, the rate of that growth was slow.

“As we begin the year, I am encouraged by the accelerating rate of growth in IT and engineering employment. I believe the strong January jobs numbers are a harbinger of a promising year to come,” said Mark Roberts, CEO of TechServe Alliance in a news release.

The full report can be viewed here.

 

 

By Vincent LaRosa

With the advent of electronic medical records that can store all manner of patient health information (PHI), concerns come from not only the compromise of confidentiality, but also the untoward usage of that information that could negatively affect the lives of patients in and out of the healthcare setting.

Since Oct. 1, 2009, the privacy rule was changed to include a medical patient’s genetic information as well.  As a result, that information is now subject to the same standards as the other healthcare laws with similar intention.

Under GINA:

  • People cannot be prohibited from obtaining healthcare coverage as a result of a genetic disorder
  • People cannot be discriminated against as a result of their genetic condition by their employer

Since Genetic Phenotype can describe a variety of future statuses including behavior and disease, the law helps to ensure that health insurance plans will not use this information for underwriting. This acts to prevent discrimination in premium  computations or eligibility, based on known or unknown knowledge of a patient’s disease status.

The Office for Civil Rights developed this rule  after consulting with the:

  • Department of Labor (DOL)
  • Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • Department of  the Treasury
  • National Institute of Health(NIH)

GINA promises to be a valuable tool to ensure confidence in the collection and usage of Genetic Information. This provides the safe backdrop to enhance medical science while providing for the real life protections for patients.

Dr. Vincent LaRosa is Eliassen Group’s Healthcare IT Director.

By Paul Fleming Jr.

Valentine's Pic

Valentine’s Day is all about the L-O-V-E, and incessant images of people garbed in red outfits, sipping champagne (or their other favorite beverages of choice with their significant others) and nibbling on pounds of chocolate.

And let’s not forget about all the holiday cards commemorating the day that are exchanged with each other.

By now, most of you who regularly visit this space are asking yourselves, “Yeah, we know all about that Paul, so what?”

But how many of you know that most IT workers are actually proficient and skilled in the art of L-O-V-E?

It’s true and it goes against the inherently ridiculous stereotype that those who work in the world of IT and with computers are loners lacking a love life, or to be more specific, a spouse.

According to a 2012 American Community Survey (ACS) analyzed by Computerworld, 62 percent of IT workers were married, which put those professionals on a par with those who work in finance (62 percent), law (62 percent), medicine (61 percent) and education.

The percentage of IT professionals who had never married was 27 percent, which ranked second highest after scientists, at 32 percent.

The study also showed that for those IT workers and scientists who do marry, there is less likelihood of divorce when compared to other white-collar occupations.

You can read Computerworld’s analysis of the study here.

Our take?

Those IT professionals who sit quietly at their cubicles dissecting code are equally adept in the game of L-O-V-E.

 

By Paul Fleming Jr.

I’m not sure how to react to this.

On one hand, maybe the writer, Jordan Price, could have used some thicker skin.

But then again, and I have absolutely no reason to doubt him,  maybe his boss was truly an imbecile who had no idea how to manage people.

And you have to wonder why Jordan would want to leave firing his literary guns. Perhaps he is looking to land a guest spot on one of the myriad cable TV news shows?

Nevertheless, it’s an interesting read.

 

 

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