Prof Montage: Cardiology Lessons for the YouTube Generation 

Australian cardiologist Dr. Jonathan Silberberg has embarked on a mission to provide a free, educational resource for medical students. Instead of using traditional textbooks, Dr. Silberberg created a series of 3-minute videos that explain complex cardiology concepts. Currently, Prof Montage has 20 videos posted on Clinical Cardiology, Cardiac Physiology, and Clinical Epidemiology.

A second series of videos is scheduled to be released in June 2013.

Watch below for an introduction to the Prof Montage cast of characters.

 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 12:23:00 PM Categories: cardiology

Best of Health IT News: Week of 5/24/13 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

Most Healthcare Execs Expect Growth Despite Complaints of Overregulation

HealthTechZone reports on a Forbes Insight study that found 52% of middle market healthcare executives expect growth next year, and that growth will come from healthcare industry trends such as advances in healthcare technology.

CCHIT: Interoperability breakthrough near

FierceHealthIT covers a recent whitepaper published by the Certification Commitment for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) that finds that the healthcare industry is on the verge of a breakthrough in interoperability.

Health IT market in growth mode

Healthcare IT News presents the latest Research and Markets report, projecting that the healthcare IT market will be valued at $56.7 billion by 2017. Some of the reasons that analysts cite for this growth include rising demand for interoperable systems and the high rate of investment from using these systems.

Friday, May 24, 2013 8:35:00 AM Categories: health information technology industry news

My Job at LUMEDX: Kathy Sorensen 

Clinical sales consultant uses frequent flyer miles to travel to Africa

Describe your professional background and what brought you to work at LUMEDX.
I was trained as a radiologic technologist. I worked in hospitals for 10 years, seven of those in the cath lab. I got an opportunity to work for a device company and was ready for a change. I took it, and have been on the vendor side for 23 years now.

Is there an average day for you? 
Every day is a bit different. I travel to hospitals to do demos for cardiology departments looking to purchase a CVIS. Those demos can be a couple of hours to a week. When I am not on the road, I do demos via WebEx (a web conferencing application). I also train new employees, and work with engineering and product development. I have been at LUMEDX for 14 years, so I do a bit of everything.

How have health IT and hospitals changed since you’ve been in the industry?
Healthcare has changed a great deal over the last 25 years. Departments used to be able to purchase what they wanted with limited oversight. Economic changes and government regulations have changed the way products are purchased. The timeline for decision making is much longer.
However, some of these regulations have required cardiology departments to focus much more on improving performance and outcomes. LUMEDX can help our clients with these types of challenges.

What would someone from outside the industry find surprising?
I guess most people don’t think that hospitals are businesses. Although the first goal of all hospitals is to take care of patients, they also have to watch finances and, ultimately, the bottom line. It is getting harder and harder for hospitals to meet these very different goals.

How has LUMEDX changed since you’ve started working here?
We have grown tremendously. I used to know everyone. I don’t anymore.

You get to keep the frequent flyer miles you rack up as part of your job. Have you used those miles to go anywhere interesting?
I used miles to fly to Africa and back. This June, I am using miles to fly business class to Italy. I also got my best friend a business class ticket with miles as well. My safari to Africa was a long-held dream. I took a three-week trip with friends to celebrate our 50th birthdays. We went to Botswana, Zambia and South Africa. So I like traveling for work and of course also for pleasure. 

Monday, April 22, 2013 11:42:00 AM Categories: careers health IT Lumedx

How to Get a Job at LUMEDX (And How Not To) 

We know many visitors to our website are interested in career positions. The following is a  guest post from the blog of consulting firm ProLango featuring LUMEDX Technical Recruiter Josh Jozwik offering tips on what to do and what not to do when applying for a position at LUMEDX.

By Paul Anderson

There are job seekers who research company e-mail addresses and spam them with their resumes with the hopes of getting a job. These techniques won’t help you land an interview with LUMEDX, a medical software company in Bellevue, says Josh Jozwik, a technical recruiter for the company.

Jozwik says job seekers need to avoid the traditional job-hunting techniques if they’re looking to get an interview with his company. Here are other things he says job seekers should avoid:

Cover letters: Most cover letters sent to LUMEDX offer little or no value to Josh or his hiring team. Many cover letters he sees tend to be templates found on traditional resume books. If you’re going to send a cover letter, Josh suggests you send a short paragraph and bullet list on how your accomplishments might meet the company’s objectives. If there are shortcomings on your resume, this is the opportunity to address them. 

Applying for every position listed: There is a misconception that if you send enough resumes to a company, you might get their attention. Applying for every position listed shows that you’re desperate, you lack a sense of career direction, and are just trying to meet your unemployment numbers. Quality is more important than quantity, says Jozwik.

The number of resumes in LUMEDX’s Applicant Tracking System (ATS) has grown by over 60 percent in the last two years alone. Josh and his team are inundated. While the openings are scarce, the techniques shared below can help you land an interview with his company:

LinkedIn introductions: Josh is connected to 90 percent of the staff in Bellevue. If you’re hoping to get an informational meeting with the company, chances are you’ll have to go through him. While you could use job boards or apply on the company website directly, Jozwik is a big advocate of LinkedIn introductions. See if you know someone who can vouch for you and introduce you to the company.

LinkedIn discussions: Jozwik and his team monitor certain LinkedIn groups carefully and reach out to interesting participants. Visit Josh's profile, notice which groups he’s a member of and join them. Review the questions and comments other members are posting on these groups and contribute your expertise. Your involvement can help you shine with LUMEDX and other corporations monitoring these sources.

Employee referral: While it’s impossible for the company to look at every resume submitted for each position, they take their referrals seriously. In fact on their career site, they have a tool called “Are you on LinkedIn: Do you know anyone at LUMEDX?” By clicking on this tool, you can see who you might already know who can introduce you to the company.

If you’re a technology professional with medical experience and you use the techniques mentioned above, your odds have greatly increased in getting an interview with the company.

Reposted with permission from ProLango Consulting.

Thursday, April 18, 2013 4:09:00 PM Categories: careers health IT Lumedx

Photos From the Lumedx User Group Conference in San Francisco 

 

(Top left: Training session for new users presented by Linda Grdina of Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. Top center: LUMEDX team members Senior Marketing & Events Coordinator Joelle Mitchell and Senior Director–Client Relations/Inside and Vertical Sales Gwen Korney. Top right: Senior Product Education Trainer John Nicholls and Clinical Registries Manager Katrina Craig. Bottom row, left: Linda Grdina and Joelle Mitchell. Bottom row, center: Reception in San Francisco's Hotel Nikko. Bottom row, right: John Nicholls and Joelle Mitchell.)

This week was a special one for LUMEDX and many of our users. Converging in San Francisco's Hotel Nikko in the days before NCDR.13 and ACC.13, users of LUMEDX software arrived from all over the United States to network, learn about new updates to the product suite and get some additional training. 

It was also a chance for those of us at LUMEDX to spend some time connecting and reconnecting with our end users in person. Many of our clients may be familiar with Senior Product Education Trainer John Nicholls, Clinical Registries Manager Katrina Craig and Senior Marketing & Events Coordinator Joelle Mitchell (who organizes this event and is omnipresent during ACC week!). Users also heard from Senior Director of Client Relations/Inside and Vertical Sales Gwen Korney, Nicole Blalock of John Muir Health, Vice President of Client Satisfaction Bill Gazda and Practice Director of Analytics Consulting Gus Gilbertson. 

We hope our attendees found this year’s conference educational and enjoyable. See you all again next year.

Vast Majority of Surveyed Hospitals Experience Breaches 

(Photo credit: Credit: Flickr/Mr. Cacahuate)

Ninety-four percent of hospitals responding to a recent survey experienced a data breach in the past two years, according to the Ponemon Institute. Forty-five percent of these hospitals indicated that their data was breached more than five times – an increase from 2010 when the percentage of respondents indicating more than five breaches was 29 percent.

With the potential for penalties under HIPAA, the cost of notifying stakeholders and civil suite awards, the possibility these hospitals could be stuck with millions in costs due to data breaches is staggering.

Even more discouraging, those hospitals that had not joined a health information exchange (HIE) cite low or lack of confidence in data security as the number one reason they were reluctant to share information within organizations.

As the move to electronic health records (EHR) continues, what measures is your organization taking to ensure patient data security?

Russell P. Branzell Named As New CHIME Head 

Richard Correll steps down after 20 years as CEO

​The College of Healthcare Information Executives (CHIME) announced the selection of Russell P. Branzell of University of Colorado Health as the organization's new President & CEO, according to a press release. Branzell is currently serving as the CEO of Colorado Health Medical Group within the University of Colorado Health.

“As a respected IT executive who possesses deep industry knowledge, Russ will continue CHIME’s successful legacy of achievements and assure CHIME’s position as the association leading the national transformation of health IT," said CHIME Board Chairman George T. Hickman, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Albany Medical Center. Hickman also headed the search committee.

Branzell will succeed President and CEO Richard A. Correll, who will become the organization’s chief operating officer, in April. This marks an end to a 20-year term for Correll.

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