CDIA Health eBrief
May 25, 2011

Health IT No. 1 on list of top 10 'hot' careers
Healthcare IT News
Health care information technology tops the list of top 10 "hot careers" for college graduates in 2011, according to a new study. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical records and health information technicians held about 172,500 jobs in 2008. Jobs are expected to grow by 20 percent, or about 35,100 new jobs, for the decade 2008-2018.More

Nuance plays hardball in voice recognition
Bloomberg Businessweek
When rumors swirled May 7 that Apple might acquire Nuance Communications, shares of the software company rose 10 percent to $22, within pennies of an all-time high. The assumption was that Steve Jobs gets what Steve Jobs wants. A safe bet — unless you know Nuance CEO Paul Ricci. In speech-recognition technology, which Nuance dominates, the soft-spoken Ricci is considered every bit as powerful as Jobs. More

Salar among 100 fastest growing inner city businesses
Centre Daily News
Salar, Inc., a provider of physician-friendly clinical documentation and billing software solutions for health care providers, has been named to the 2011 Inner City 100 list of the fastest-growing inner city companies in the U.S. by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City and Fortune Magazine. The Inner City 100 program recognizes successful inner city companies and their CEO's as role models for entrepreneurship, innovative business practices and job creation in America's urban communities. With an annual growth rate of 27 percent over the past five years, Salar ranks #56 on the 2011 list.More

Payers worried about provider ICD-10 progress
Health Data Management
A stunning 86 out of 100 responding health care payers in a recent survey on ICD-10 readiness worry that providers won't be ready by the October 2013 compliance date to submit claims using ICD-10 codes. Only 9 percent of surveyed payers have begun testing provider submitted data. That compares with a 75 percent rate of payers worried about provider progress in a survey taken during the third quarter of 2010.More

Dossia adds medical term translator to e-health records
InformationWeek
Dossia is making it easier for patients to understand the information in their electronic health records. The employer consortium has signed a deal to use terminology translation technology from Health Language Inc. in Dossia's personal health records to help convert medical lingo into layman terms. More

Fitch finds positive correlation between hospital profitability and advanced health IT
Becker's Hospital Review
In a review of 291 hospitals, Fitch Ratings found hospitals who adopted advanced health IT systems or received quality awards were also more likely to demonstrate increased utilization and profitability, according to a recently released report by the company. Fitch reported the size of a hospital's revenue, unrestricted case and investments were directly linked to "achievements in both quality and IT infrastructure." More

HHS inspector general says push for electronic medical records overlooks some security gaps
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
The nation's push to computerize medical records has failed to fully address longstanding security gaps that expose patients' most sensitive information to hackers and snoops, government investigators warn. Two reports released by the inspector general of the Health and Human Services Department find that the drive to connect hospitals and doctors so they can share patient data electronically is being layered on a system that already has glaring privacy problems. More

Excluded groups want in on health information technology funding
he Center for Public Integrity via Kaiser Health News
Providers frozen out of a $27 billion federal fund for conversion of medical records to electronic form are now fighting back in an effort to qualify for the money and possibly increase the size of the pot. Backers of expanding eligibility and funding for health IT improvements say allowing all providers access to funds would improve health for patients and cut back on costs in the long run. One medicine or disorder can often impact another, they say, and patients cannot be provided coordinated care unless the technology spans across all health fields.More