In today's knowledge-based economy, what you earn depends on what you learn. Jobs in the information technology sector, for example, pay 85 percent more than the private sector average. 

 William J Clinton  

Big data is certainly all the rage in healthcare. We came across this article in written by Dr. Henry Johnson of Midas+ Solutions that I thought succinctly described the challenges healthcare professionals face in this ever changing climate:

When I talk to clients about “big data” and analytics, their concerns and questions basically come down to this: how can their hospitals wade through a sea of information about patients and practices to find the best value? Yes, there is more data being generated than ever. The challenge – and opportunity – is to take that data and, with the help of analytics, turn it into something actionable that doesn’t just describe a particular situation, but also provides information that can predict an outcome or trend, and give guidance on what to do if certain issues arise. For example, big data could be used to analyze the number of times you’ve visited the doctor over the past year and your symptoms, and then predict when you’re most susceptible to catching the flu so you can take necessary precautions to avoid getting sick. 

Deriving value out of big data is especially critical in the following areas for healthcare providers, and solutions are needed now more than ever:
1. Financial/quality data, all tied to value-based purchasing, which holds healthcare providers accountable for both the cost and quality of care they provide. Healthcare providers need to monitor this almost in real time so they can respond quickly to events.
2. Patient safety and actionable quality information—not just tied to improving in-patient care and assessing physician performance, but also aimed at goals such as reducing readmission rates with better monitoring of in-home aftercare.
3. Federal/state requirements and compliance. This includes anticipating trends so that there are no surprises when reporting time rolls around. Nearly all the major players in the healthcare industry are finally realizing the true power of analytics as a way to boost the value they provide to patients, while gaining more value from their infrastructure and internal processes. Innovation will carry the future of healthcare, and data analytics is an integral part of the transformation strategy that will help the healthcare industry reach its number one goal: zero defects.

That’s a tough goal to achieve considering factors such as human error and problems with added layers of bureaucracy. But value-driven data analytics can get hospitals closer to that goal by giving providers something to look at (easily accessible information), something to follow (predictive and prescriptive recommendations) and something that is actionable (a plan with measurable results).

Dr. Henry Johnson is Vice President and Medical Director of Midas+ Solutions in Tucson, Arizona, where he supports software development and client relations with special emphasis on safety, physician profiling, and decision support.

Wenum & Associates, Inc. is a retained/contingency search firm that caters exclusively to the Healthcare IT (HCIT) market. We specialize in the recruitment of professionals involved in all areas along the continuum of the healthcare enterprise: payers, providers and vendors, with our greatest experience lying in software and services.

With almost 20 years of experience and having become exclusive to the healthcare market in 1999, Wenum & Associates has cultivated a vast understanding of HCIT professionals

Okay…so you are finally going to get that interview that we have worked so hard for.  Your resume is stellar, your experience is perfect for the role and you bought a brand new suit so you can look your absolute best.  All this is so important in preparing for your interview but take a look at this article from The Huffington Post.  Although these blunders seem like common sense, these missteps can be very costly in a job interview:

1. You leave your cell phone on.
When the ring of your phone cuts short a critical conversation about the job you covet, guess what it does to your chances?
One hiring manager in Manhattan says she sees this often – and she’s always amazed when she does. “The job candidates will say, ‘Oh, gee, I’m sorry,’ and reach to turn their phones off. But why didn’t they think of that before they walked in the door? To me, it shows a lack of preparation. It’s also inconsiderate.”
And if you actually pick up that phone or send a text during your interview, as some people do – don’t wonder why you weren’t called back.
2. You’re too focused on yourself.
If you overuse the “I” word during the interview, hiring managers may see a big ego standing in the way of a job offer. “Many candidates talk about themselves ad nauseam, with little or no relevancy to the job opening at hand,” says Manciagli. “Whether this is due to nerves, or a lack of self-awareness, or naiveté – people hurt their chances of getting the job.”
If you can’t clearly articulate how you can help the company succeed or solve its problems, you’re probably not a top candidate. “It’s critical you know the specific skills and background required,” says Manciagli. “This is basic and speaks to preparation, but plenty of people don’t do it. You should say succinctly during your interview, ‘From my understanding of the job, you’re looking for these skills. Here’s how I can help.’ Then be very specific.”

3. You’re desperate – and it shows.
Some people have been out of work so long or are so desperate for the job they’ll say almost anything. That over-eagerness and anxiety, however, is a red flag. “They’ll say, ‘Sure, I can do that,’ to just about anything that comes up during the interview,” observes Michele Woodward, a career strategist in Arlington, Virginia. “The reality is they’re thinking more about paying their mortgage or affording a summer vacation than about the staffing problem the company’s trying to solve.”
People also tend to ramble on and on when they’re anxious. It’s a much better plan to have short, concise answers to common questions prepared beforehand. Once you say them – smile, make good eye contact, and be quiet.
4. You can’t answer basic questions about your qualifications.
It’s one of the most common interview questions: “What are your strengths?” Yet hiring managers say far too many job candidates flub their answers.

“Even at high levels, people will give a rote list of their previous jobs, or cite clichés like ‘I’m a workaholic and like to get things done.’ Not good enough,” says Dana Manciagli of Seattle.
Use this opening to your best advantage. “Companies want to know why you’re a great fit for the job they have. They want details, skill sets, accomplishments. You might say, ‘I’ve exceeded my sales goals every quarter.’ Or, ‘My division brought in five new accounts in six months,’ or ‘We created three new ad programs and drove X amount of revenue.’”
And when you hear, “What’s your biggest weakness?” that’s an opportunity to turn a negative into a positive. Rehearse it in advance. You might say, “In the past I’ve tended to take on too much, but by delegating I’ve been able to accomplish twice the amount.”
5. You’re late to the interview.
“I’ve heard every excuse in the book,” says one human resources professional. “‘I got stuck in traffic.’ ‘I couldn’t find the building.’ ‘The campus is so big I got lost.’” Whatever the case, it means you didn’t give yourself enough time. “I tell clients that if they’re not in the lobby 30 minutes before the interview, they’re late.” It bears emphasis: Allow extra time.
6. You know little or nothing about the company’s culture.
Do some research. Reach out to friends and colleagues in the business. Surf for information. Ask career coaches. Is the company ultra conservative? Do staffers dress in business casual? Learn what you can – then dress for the interview accordingly.
“I can always tell when a candidate hasn’t done basic homework about the culture,” says one seasoned hiring executive, “based on the way he or she looks.” When in doubt, dress up.

7. You badmouth a previous employer. 
Negative attitudes attract no one – that’s the bottom line. It’s also a small world. Be careful what you say about previous places of employment, especially when your guard is down. No matter why you left a job or what your experience was, there are diplomatic ways to explain an unfortunate circumstance, even if the atmosphere (or boss, or pay, or company) was rotten. You can say you’re interested in new responsibilities, a variety of challenges, more authority, a different location – or simply that the current job posting appealed to you so strongly you couldn’t resist reaching out.
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