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Careers in Cardiac Sonography
By: CareerCast.com
Thanks to media attention for the American Heart Association's "Go Red" campaign to raise awareness of heart disease in women, you may already know that heart disease is the top killer of American women each year. What you may not know are the factors fueling the demand for cardiac sonographers, the specially trained health professionals who use ultrasound technology to help detect and monitor heart disease. According to Ken Horton, the Chair of the Council on Cardiovascular Sonography of the American Society of Echocardiography, the cost, safety, efficiency, and portability of cardiac ultrasound in comparison to other imaging modalities are ... more
How to Negotiate a Raise in Healthcare
By: CareerCast.com
In the healthcare industry, negotiating a raise can be difficult due to many healthcare jobs having specific salaries. Healthcare organizations also have tight budgets to manage, so negotiating for a higher amount can make anyone nervous. With the right know-how you can confidently and successfully negotiate a raise in healthcare. If you feel that you're not being adequately compensated for the work that you do there is hope. The following tips can be used to help you learn how to negotiate a raise in the healthcare industry: A self-assessment: Before you are able to negotiate a raise it is important ... more
Five Great Careers In The Medical Industry
By: CareerCast.com
The healthcare industry offers plenty of great career options in non-clinical roles. Here are some possibilities to consider: Medical Assistant: Medical offices that appear to you to run like well-oiled machines often accomplish that with the important help of medical assistants. These individuals perform various tasks depending on the occupational setting, although most work in physicians' offices. Tasks include work related to health information. Assistants might be involved in updating and filing patients' medical records, filling out insurance forms, handling correspondence, scheduling appointments, arranging for hospital admission and laboratory services, and handling billing and bookkeeping. A good command of the ... more
Why Job Openings May Not Lead To Immediate Employment
By: CareerCast.com
Millions of job seekers still can't find work. Some businesses remain slow to fill their openings, awaiting the ideal candidate. Many job seekers lack the skills employers require. The plight of the unemployed also reflects an economic reality: Even in the best times, the number of job seekers is typically twice the number of job openings. Many companies that want to hire don't see the hurry. Explorys, a health care data provider in Cleveland, plans to add 80 people to its 142-person staff this year, mostly in data analysis. The company uses a database to help hospitals manage and anticipate ... more
Making Biomedical Research Data Actionable
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Three funding agencies are trying to spur the development of tools and platforms to improve researchers’ ability to find, access and use the terabytes to petabytes of data biomedical research generates. This month at the 7th Health Datapalooza conference in Washington, D.C., the National Institutes of Health, the U.K.-based Wellcome Trust, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute announced six finalists for the first-ever Open Science Prize, a global science competition for prototype tools and platforms to tame biomedical’s big data behemoth. Part of the problem with developing these kind of tools is that no one is sure who should be ... more
What to Ask Before You Start Your Healthcare Career
By: CareerCast.com
Beginning a career in the health field will provide many opportunities for you to succeed. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the healthcare industry is expected to one of the fastest growing industries over the next decade, creating 28% of all new jobs in the U.S. economy with a growth rate of 33%, the equivalent of 5.7 million new jobs. This growth surge is being fueled by an increasing demand due to the life expectancy of an aging population living longer. While the outlook of the healthcare industry is positive, there are still questions that you need to ask ... more
Landing An Executive Job In Healthcare
By: CareerCast.com
Not every hospital or practice is looking to move physicians up into leadership roles, but Gibb Wingate, a senior recruiting consultant for The Delta Companies, says the good ones are. “It’s important to a lot of doctors to have a physician’s perspective in administration,” he says. “Sadly, sometimes it can seem like two opposing sides.” A 2010 report by PwC found that 56% of physicians surveyed did not trust hospitals in partnerships because of a lack of representation on the board and in other leadership roles. But more hospitals are beginning to embrace the important role physicians can play in ... more
Evaluating Revenue Cycle Management
By: CareerCast.com
Deciding whether to hire a vendor to handle revenue cycle management (RCM) for your practice is a big decision. The 10 questions that follow will help you evaluate the candidates and make the best choice for your practice. What is the cost and what do I get for that price? The cost of revenue cycle management (RCM) services can vary significantly depending on the size and complexity of services. Some charge monthly fees while others charge a percentage of the total amount collected. Two vendors may charge similar rates, but what is included in that price can vary. It’s important ... more
Healthcare Recruiter Red Flags
By: CareerCast.com
Picture this: You are a hiring manager and have your whole day planned out. The job candidate is five minutes late for the scheduled interview and hasn’t called. Should you wait and risk delaying your schedule? If you happen to be that candidate, this situation is obviously not going to be in your favor. You want to avoid raising healthcare red flags like this, marking you as a potentially undesirable job applicant. It begins with doing everything in your power to submit a perfect resume. The Resume A typical previewer will spend only a few seconds skimming even the best ... more
What Physicians Should Know Before Changing Careers
By: CareerCast.com
With heavy patient loads and uncertainty surrounding health reform, it’s not surprising that many physicians occasionally feel overwhelmed or burnout. But for those looking to make a radical career change away from primary care, Physician Executive Coach Ashley Wendel, MA, CMC, PDC, says they should first consider their options. “I think there is so much change and so much squeeze happening in healthcare right now that physicians feel a little bit helpless, and some of them are taking the steps to say, ‘I don’t like where this is going, and I’m going to look to do something else,’” Wendel says. ... more