Posted by Julia Foster on October 10, 2016 in Blog
5 Ways to Stand Out On LinkedIn
In most cases, the first thing a recruiter or potential employer will do after seeing a qualified resume is look up the candidate on LinkedIn. With the job market being so competitive it is important that you shine on every level of candidate screening. A strong LinkedIn profile is a great way to start!
Studies show your profile is 14 times more likely to be viewed if you have a profile picture. Profile pictures help recruiters/potential employers put a face to a name and see candidates as real people opposed to just resumes. However, having the wrong picture can hurt you, so make sure that you picture is professional. It is best to have a headshot taken in professional clothing against a plain background.
Create a Catchy Headline
This is the first thing that recruiters and potential employers will see when they view your profile. This is your opportunity to list a catchy, yet professional, description of yourself that will make recruiter/potential employers want to keep reading.
Include Key Words in Your Profile
This is important. When potential employers, especially recruiters, are looking for candidates they will use LinkedIn, as they would use any other search engine, to perform mass searches for candidates. If you do not have the correct key words in your profile you will not show up in their search results.
Make sure to carefully think of words that will be searched in your industry and make a point to add them into your profile. Tip: Always make sure you have your credentials listed at least once in your profile.
This is your place to shine. Think about who will bel reading your LinkedIn profile most often and what they will want to see. In your summary you can include things such as accomplishments, areas you excel, and important facts or stats. Note: This is a great place to add some of those key words to your profile!
There is a group for everything on LinkedIn. Joining groups is a great way to strengthen connections with other like-minded people. Groups make it easy to connect by sharing relevant topics with and directly messaging other members. Tip: Don’t know where to star? Search by your industry and educational background.
Posted by Julia Foster on October 6, 2016 in Blog
September 2016 Cyber Security Summary
September, yet again, turned out to be an eventful month when it comes to Cyber Security. There were many notable breaches including a ransomware attack, a twitter leak, and a facility that was forced to shut down their computers for 3 weeks.
Cyber Security since the Beginning of 2016:
Since the beginning of 2016, 725 data breaches have occurred, 223 of which were healthcare related. There has also been almost 14,000,000 healthcare records compromised during this time!
Healthcare Data Breach Highlights from September 2106:
A Ukrainian hacker going by the name of Pravyy Sector hacked into the systems of one of the largest urology groups in Ohio. They are thought to be part of a radical right-wing Ukrainian group. The group posted a screenshot containing patient information on their twitter account, along with access to a Google Drive account containing the information from over 300,000 patients. When speaking with different sources, Pravyy Sector states that this attack was politically motivated and they have plans for more attacks in the future.
A spine center in New Jersey fell victim to a ransomware attack effecting almost 28,000 patients. CryptoWall, the ransomware used the in the attack, locked providers out of patient’s records, and disabled the facility’s phone system. The ransomware had access to patient demographics, medical history, and even credit card information. Although there is no evidence suggesting that the information was being used in a harmful way, the facility saw no other option and agreed to pay the ransom.
A large health system based in West Virginia suffered from a virus attacking their computer system. In order to stop the spread of the virus throughout the system, they shut down their computer system for three weeks. During this time, facilities remained open however, they were required to do everything manually, and had limited access to patient medical history. So far, there is no evidence of misuse of any patient information, and the system is back up and running.
Posted by Julia Foster on September 19, 2016 in Blog, News
CDI Week 2016 – September 19th-23rd
This year marks the 6th annual Clinical Documentation Improvement Week! This week, which according to ACDIS.org, “is a time to recognize CDI specialists for the critical role they perform within the healthcare industry,” will be held from September 19th-23rd, 2016.
This week is sponsored by ACDIS, the Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists. “It’s also a time for those working as CDI specialists to thank their partners in the documentation process, which include physicians, other clinicians, and HIM/coding professionals,” the organization says. The theme for this year is CDI in Concert: Your Ticket to Collaboration.
Posted by Amanda Harner on September 12, 2016 in Blog, News
7 Tips and Tricks to Help You Stand Out on a Phone Interview
Your resume has made it through HR, now they are ready to set up an interview! Only, they don’t want to set up an in-person interview, but a phone interview. Here are 7 tips to make sure you ace any phone interview.
Treat it the Same as an In-Person Interview
It is tempting to lounge on the couch in your sweatpants during a phone interview, but don’t do it. Take time to wake up and get dressed before the interview, this will help get you in the right mindset. Sit down at a table or desk, as if you were meeting with someone. Even though they cannot see you, getting up, getting dressed and acting the part will make you feel and sound more confident during the interview.
Be 100% Focused
Be Present. Don’t have anything going on in the background that might distract you or the interviewer. Find a quiet place where you can be alone and focused, with no interruptions from friend, family, pets, etc. This might mean getting a babysitter for you children or a pet sitter for your pets. Just as you wouldn’t answer a phone call or text during a face-to-face interview, make sure you phone is off or on silent and there are no potential interruptions.
A big advantage of the interviewer not being able to see you, is that you can have any and as many notes as you want. Having clean, clear and organized notes in front of you can help you make sure you hit all of the talking points you want to and help out if you get stuck. Not being face-to-face also allows you to take more notes throughout the interview, these notes can help you ask detailed thought-out questions at the end. These detailed questions will let your interviewer know that you were paying attention. Note: Do not get so caught up in taking notes you forget to be present in the interview.
Even though the interviewer cannot see you, smiling is reflected in your voice. Customer service representatives are taught to smile on the phone, even though customers can’t see them. Studies have shown that if you smile, your tone of voice will reflect it. Since, the interviewer will not be able to see your face, it is important to come across as friendly and interested. Speaking in a flat, unhappy tone will make it seem as if you are not interested or bored, so… smile!
Pause Before You Answer
When the interviewer asks you a question, take a second and pause before answering. This is a good practice, for both in-person and phone interviews, for two reasons. People are often nervous during interviews and are quick to answer before they even realize what they are saying. Taking a breath before will give you the opportunity to gather your thoughts for the best answer possible. Also, it makes sure that the interviewer is done asking the question, and you don’t accidently interrupt.
Do a Practice Run
Even if you know you can nail an in-person interview, phone interviews are much different. It might be a good idea to record yourself, or do a practice run with a friend, so that you know exactly how you come across on the phone.
Send a Follow Up
Just as an in-person interview, it is helpful to send a follow-up email or note after the interview. Make sure to thank the interviewer for their time spent with you, and let them know that you are still interested in the position.
Posted by Julia Foster on September 1, 2016 in Blog, News
Cyber Security Summary – August 2016
August was not a good month for healthcare cyber security! The month ended up having an extremely high amount of compromised healthcare records, with two different data breaches consisting of over 3,000,000 compromised records each.
August 2016 Healthcare Data Breach Summary:
Cyber Security Since The Beginning of 2016:
Since the beginning of the year there have been 638 total data breaches, 187 of which were in the healthcare field which has resulted in over 13,000,000 records stolen in the healthcare industry!
Healthcare Data Breaches Highlights from August 2016:
The Insurance Companies
A company based out of New York, which provides ID cards for insurance companies, was involved in a data breach where over 3 million records were compromised. The data contained the members’ names, mailing addresses and dates of birth. As of now, there is no evidence that suggests that the data is being used inappropriately, however Blue Cross and Blue Shield, who were among the companies that were affected, are offering two years of identity protection services to their customers at no charge.
The Health System
As we touched on in our last cyber security summary, a healthcare facility in Arizona was the victim of a huge data breach in the beginning of August. The breach included a variety of different information including names, social security numbers, addresses and dates of birth, previous medical services, and even credit card information from individuals who purchased items from the food and beverage outlets! This was one on the largest hospital breached to date.
An Anesthesiology group who is also based out of Arizona discovered a cyberattack consisting of almost 900,000 records that took place sometime between March and June. A computer forensics team was hired to conduct an investigation on the incident however, no unauthorized use of the data has been reported so far. Names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, and even employee tax and financial information were among the information that was stolen.
Posted by Julia Foster on August 26, 2016 in Blog, News
In a society where it can be hard to find a spare minute, going to the doctor is sometimes put on the back burner. However, over the past few years telehealth visits, also referred to as eVisits, have become increasingly more popular. These visits, which are conducted via video chat, offer everything a regular office visit would including a full assessment and the prescribing of medication, if needed. Because these visits are conducted over video chat, people are able to see their doctor whenever and wherever they need.
Some major health systems, such as Cleveland Clinic are offering telehealth visits as a side option, but there are also companies, such as Doctor On Demand, whose sole dedication is providing telehealth visits for patients who cannot get into see their regular doctor. Telehealth visits, like all new things, come with pros and cons:
Seeing a doctor virtually allows patients to see their doctor anywhere, which can be a huge time saver for both the patients and the providers. It allows patients to see their doctors without having to deal with the trouble of commuting to the office and waiting for the doctor to be available. This is ideal for people who are often pressed for time, or who just aren’t feeling well and don’t feel like going out. Also great for parents with sick a sick child or children because pulling a sick kiddo out of bed is never fun.
Keeps simple colds and flus out of the office
Many times a provider can easily diagnose a simple illness, such as a seasonal cold or flu, via video with no problem. Keeping patients with minor (and contagious) illnesses out of the office gives providers more time to see patients whose issues can only be taken care of in-person. Keeping contagious patients at home also keeps them from spreading germs around the office, which is not only a great benefit for other patients, but staff members as well. Plus, who wants to leave their house when battling a cold or the flu.
Cheaper for patients and provider
Seeing patients virtually means that there is no need for the cost of a facility. Many eVisits are a flat fee of around $40 per visit with no coverage and if the patient’s insurance carrier does provide coverage for eVisits, then they just pay their normal copay. This method also allows for a much simpler billing method since the patient knows up front what they will be paying, and the bill can be easily paid online.
Rural area patients
Patients is rural areas often times do not have access to the same quality of care as patients who live in urban areas. Seeing a doctor via video means that the doctor can be physically located anywhere, so patients can see highly rated primary care physicians or specialists that they did not have access to due to location.
Not as personable
Seeing a physician over video chat vs in-person leads to some physical limitations such as touch and non-verbal cues. So, if the provider does not feel they can adequately asses the patient via a telehealth visit, they will need to refer them to be seen in-person.
Reliability of technology
As with all forms of technology, there are sometimes glitches. Technical difficulties, such as sound or video not working properly, can disrupt a telehealth visit. There are also some security concerns since the visit is done over the computer.
Not always covered by insurance
While the overall cost of the visit is cheaper, many insurance companies still do not fully cover telehealth visits. Because of this, many patients still opt for seeing their provider in person even when it’s not necessary because there is a lower out-of-pocket fee.
Posted by Amanda Harner on August 8, 2016 in Blog, News
3 Tips and Tricks to Keep You Productive and Motivated While Working at Home.
Working from home definitely has its perks, just to name a few, no commute, no dress code and it can keep you close to family, but many remote professionals find staying productive and motivated is their biggest obstacle. Here are 3 tips and tricks to help you stay productive and motivated, while enjoying all the benefits of working from home:
- Dress for Success
By no means are we suggesting you should wake up each morning and dress in formal attire. What we are suggesting is, not to roll out of bed and just start working. Work from home employees find they feel more productive and motivated when they get ready for the day. “[Getting dressed] is important because it sets the mindset that I’m in a place of business and I am professional” explains Claude Delgado, remote worker and founder of D Graphic Solutions. When you are dressed and prepared for the day you are more likely to handle work matters in a professional manner.
- Designate Yourself a Work Area
Somewhere in your home you should have an area that is exclusively for working. This will help you keep your work life separate from your personal life and vice versa. Your work space should be located away from any commotion or distractions. This area should be somewhere you want to be. Invest in a comfy desk chair, nice lighting or some personal décor; having a space you enjoy being in will help keep you motivated and productive throughout your work day.
- Avoid Distraction
Working in an office sets boundaries and gives less opportunities for personal distractions. When working from home you have to take extra steps to stay focused and avoid distractions. The best way to do this is by pretending you are not home. When you are working pretend you are away from your home. Do not answer the door or the phone, don’t do any household chores and try to avoid running personal errands. At times, this is easier said than done, especially if you have children and/or other family members in the home. One way to deal with distractions from family members and/or children is to create some type of signal to put outside your work area. This signal tells family members when it is okay and when it is not okay for them to interrupt you. Computers also create distractions, to avoid computer distractions you may want to install browser plug-ins that block certain websites that may get you sidetracked.
Posted by Amanda Harner on August 4, 2016 in Blog, News
What has happened since the beginning of the year?
There have been 572 breaches in 2016 so far, 171 of which have been in the healthcare field. A total of 13,491,597 records have been compromised and the year is only half over!
What has happened in July:
Throughout July there were 18 data breaches in the healthcare field consisting of almost 100,000 Compromised records. This accounts for around 33% of the data breaches in July. Some notable breached this month include:
A Urology group based out of Ohio was hacked by a cybercriminal based out of the Ukraine. The hacker, who revealed himself on twitter, said that the purpose of the hack was for “political reasons.” The majority of information stolen was related to billing, however some personal information stolen was posted (in picture format) on the twitter account. Most of the stolen data was revealed to be from unprotected excel documents that contained large amounts of information regarding patient’s surgeries.
There was a series of related hacks at different healthcare systems, which included an orthopedic group that reported 29,000 records compromised. The hacker who operates under the name “TheDarkOverlord” compromised records consisting of patient health information including, names, dates of birth, addresses, social security numbers, diagnoses, lab results, medical records and financial information. The information was found to be for sale on TheRealDeal, which is a darknet website, although it is unclear whether any of the information was actually sold or not.
An Arkansas surgery center fell victim to a data breach in June (the breach was not made public until July). This breach was a ransomware attack. The installed ransomware did not allow the healthcare providers to access their patient’s records until a ransom was paid. However, the surgery center had a full back up of all patient’s records, so the hackers did not receive any money. In most cases, these types of hacks are not used to access patient’s records, but to receive a payment in the form of ransom. The investigation is still ongoing to ensure patient information is not being exposed.
The Largest Attack in a String of Attacks
A healthcare system in Arizona has discovered 2 cyberattacks leaving 4,000,000 records compromised. The hackers accessed both patient records and payment card recods of food and beverage customers. This is the largest attack in a string of 32 recent attacks on healthsystems in Arizona.
Posted by Julia Foster on July 12, 2016 in Blog, News
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.
Posted by Julia Foster on July 7, 2016 in Blog, News
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:
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.