Archive for July, 2016

6 Resume Tips for the HIM Professional

Posted by Julia Foster on July 12, 2016 in Blog, News

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6 Resume Tips for the HIM Professional

Having a solid and effective resume will greatly improve your chances of landing the job you are looking for. The biggest question is, how does one go about making sure their resume is strong? Here are some tips to keep in mind when creating, updating or refreshing your HIM resume:


List your certifications at the top

All of your relevant certifications should immediately stand out to readers. For many jobs in the HIM industry, certifications are a non-negotiable requirement, so it’s the first thing resume reviewers are looking for. Put them at the top, so they are not accidently overlooked. Plus, you worked hard for your certs, they should be showcased!


Include a qualifications summary

Towards the top of your resume, put in a short paragraph describing the top skills and qualifications you have for the job that you are applying to. This makes it easier for reviewers to see your relevant experience during their initial review.


Include your current contact information

This is a must! Include your most current email and phone number on your resume. Many times when applying to a job, you will be asked to list contact information elsewhere (i.e. on an online form, a physical application, etc.). Even if required to list contact information elsewhere include it on your resume. Resumes tend to be passed around; contact information provided elsewhere can be lost.  Always review your contact information before submitting a resume, so that hiring managers have no problem getting in touch with you.


Keep resume clean, concise, and to the point

Resume reviewers, especially in the HIM industry, look at multiple resumes a day, so it is important to keep it straight forward and to the point. If you have employment history that is not related to the HIM job you are applying for, leave it out. Stick to listing only what is relevant to the job you are applying for.

You should also try to keep your resume to 1 page, 2 pages if necessary, this way, the reviewer can clearly see all relevant information and won’t be overwhelmed with too much information. (Bonus Tip: If your resume is more than 1 page be sure to list page numbers in the format of “1 of 2 pages”, this way if the pages of your resume are separated the reviewer will know there is an additional page.)


Upload your resume in PDF format

If possible, upload your resume in PDF format. PDF files are able to be opened on any computer, regardless of the word processing software utilized. If you upload your file in the form of Word, Pages or another word processing software, there is a risk of the file not being compatible with the reviewer’s software, causing formatting to be disrupted and the content to be difficult to read. Also, if you have the option to upload your resume, avoid copying and pasting because often times it will lose part of its original format making it hard to read.


Use an easy-to-read font

It’s extremely important to use a clean font such as Arial or Times New Roman. Looking at a resume with a busy font makes it difficult for the reviewer to quickly read through and pick out important information. If you are trying to make your resume standout, try formatting it in a different way, but keep the font simple.


End of June 2016 Cyber Security Summary

Posted by Julia Foster on July 7, 2016 in Blog, News

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End of June 2016 Cyber Security Summary

We all know how big of a concern cyber security is, especially in the healthcare industry. Staying informed is one of the best methods of protection. We want staying informed to be easy, so we have broken down everything you need to know about cyber security with our monthly update.

What Has Happened Since the Beginning of the Year?

Since the beginning of 2016, there have been 507 data breaches throughout all industries consisting of over 4,000,000 records compromised. The healthcare industry which has had 117 total data breaches accounts for around 33% of the data compromised.


What happened in June 2016?

In June 2016 there were 15 healthcare data breaches and 256,000 healthcare records compromised. Here is a breakdown of how that happened:

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Security Breach at Electronic Medical Record Vendor in California

This vendor fell victim to a huge data breach this past March. The exact number of records that were compromised is still unknown, however according to the US Department of Health and Human Services, the number is estimated to be around 177,000 records in at least 17 healthcare locations. The vendor, which supplies to over 15,000 healthcare providers has not disclosed exactly how many of its clients have been affected, however multiple healthcare facilities still reporting data breaches, including multiple that were reported in June. The ransomware, which was found to be linked to a command center in Russia, is still unknown, although experts say that it is new and still in its early stages.

The Most Recent Breach

The most recently reported cyberattack, which occurred at a hospital in Massachusetts, exposed the social security numbers and birth dates of over 4,300 patients. The information compromised was stored in a third party vendor’s software, Patterson Dental Supply, which manages their patient’s dental information. Although the data breach occurred in February, patients were not notified until June 29th when the investigation was complete.

1 year 1 hospital 2 breaches

 A healthcare system in South Carolina recently reported its second data breach this year due to a break-in. During the first break-in, the thieves were unable to obtain any medical records, however during the second break-in, intruders gained access to a file cabinet that contained medical records. Information such as names, social security numbers, dates of birth and medical history were possibly obtained.