16Sep/140

Consultant versus Contractor – Do You Know the Difference?

If you are a CIO, CFO, or IT Director looking for a Consultant and don’t understand the definition, you might end up with a Contractor!  Beware – here’s the difference:

Consultant: Advisor, mentor, counselor, expert, specialist, professional, authority.

Contractor: Servicer, worker, independent, freelancer, supplier.

Since June of 2000 Atlanticon has built a foundation of excellence as a Healthcare IT Consulting

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31Jul/140

Proper Use of EHRs – Do Patients Really Benefit?

Patient Benefit 1Do patients really benefit from the complex EHRs that are in use today?  I’d like to think they do.  Their purpose is to enable easier ordering, facilitate documentation and progress notes, remind clinicians of activities to be performed, and protect the patient against potentially harmful drug interactions, to name a few. But what happens if the nurses and doctors and …

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30Jul/140

Project Management – a Lost Art?

Being part of a well-managed project – accomplishing unbelievable results as a unified team, effectively hitting one milestone after another – few things in your career will provide you with such lasting, proud memories.

If you are an IT professional, then you engage in projects from time to time.  The more projects you’ve seen, the more Lost Art 1likely you are to …

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10May/130

ACOs will benefit from strong health IT

Dr. Frank Speidel is adamant that in order for ACOs to be as beneficial as possible for healthcare facilities and their patients, organizations must ensure that they have a strong medical project management system in place.

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10May/130

Study: Outdated technology costs hospitals $8.3 billion per year

According to a study by the Ponemon Institute, pagers and other outdated technologies decrease physician productivity and increase patient discharge time.

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8May/130

How your medical facility can continue to meet health IT challenges

A new HIMSS study showed that while healthcare leaders have similar strategies for infrastructure priorities, they have different ideas when it comes to choosing a plan of action to implement them.

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8May/130

Study: ICD-10 code mappings considered ‘convoluted’ by some providers

Moving toward the new coding system can be difficult, and according to recent research, the two mapping files – ICD-9 and ICD-10 – might not be reciprocal.

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8May/130

As HIPAA deadline nears, medical facilities must remain diligent

Many experts warn that the federal rules, which were designed to give patients more control of their own data, could create technical and administrative problems for the doctors and hospitals that have to implement them.

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3May/130

Survey: One-third of healthcare workers to seek new employment in 2013

According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, 82 percent of respondents said that while they are not actively looking for new work, they would be open to a different position if the right opportunity presented itself.

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2May/130

New research to examine impact of patient-reported information

According to a Federal Register notice, healthcare IT is capturing everything from patient medical history to symptoms and results of self testing.

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