The state’s 30 acute care hospitals have lost 1,400 jobs in the last year and their operating income was down by $175 million in 2013 compared with the year before, the Connecticut Hospital Association said.
The Hartford Courant said the dire report, ahead of official filings, is aimed at lawmakers and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy as the association works to repeal a tax that it says is hurting the public by forcing cutbacks in services.
“Hospitals have done extraordinary things to minimize the impact of the tax on hospital patients. But it is very challenging,” the Wallingford-based association said in a written release, which also said the hospitals have “reduced staff salaries and benefits.”
TwinStratta, a cloud-integrated storage solution, said results of its “Industry Trends: Data Backup in 2014” survey shows organizations recovery from a technology disaster in days, not hours. Conducted between December 2013 and January 2014, the report analyzed responses from 209 CIOs and IT professionals.
The results indicate an urgent need for organizations to make more improvements to their backup strategies with one in five organizations experiencing back-up failures at least monthly and one in 10 weekly. As a result, 53 percent of organizations plan to make changes to their backup strategy this year. Incorporating cloud storage was the remedy most often cited by these respondents.
The full report and its accompanying infographic can be downloaded at: http://www.twinstrata.com/backup-survey-2014.
Failures and Disaster Recovery
Disaster recovery was the area where backup strategies were most under stress. Specifically:
Just 12 percent predict they can recover from a site disaster within a couple hours. Cloud storage users were twice as likely to recover in that timeframe (20 percent) as non-cloud storage users (nine percent).
Sixty-three percent of organizations measure site recovery time in days, with 29 percent requiring four days or more.
More than half of organizations experience backup failure multiple times a year due to a host of issues from connectivity failure (25 percent), equipment failure (21 percent) or file corruption (18 percent).
Management & Maintenance
As organizations try to minimize the resource commitment required by their backup strategies, the survey found the results on management and maintenance standards alarming. Specifically the report found:
Seventy-five percent of respondents are backing up more data than they did last year, and 21 percent are backing up at least twice the data as last year. Only three percent report backing up less data.
A surprising 59 percent of organizations keep backups in only one location, typically a single, physical site.
More than half spent six or more hours managing and maintaining their backups, and 14 percent spent more than 20 hours.
Individual applications were at greatest risk, with nearly a quarter of organizations backing up applications less often than monthly and, in some cases never.
PwC announced that it has been named Best in KLAS for Revenue Cycle Transformation by KLAS Research, which specializes in monitoring and reporting the performance of healthcare vendors.
The “2013 Best in KLAS: Software and Services” report is intended to help healthcare providers identify the best healthcare vendors across multiple segments based on clients’ feedback. The results reflect client satisfaction ratings from healthcare professionals and clinicians at more than 4,500 hospitals, and 2,500 clinics and other healthcare providers.
“We are honored by the recognition of our team’s leadership in delivering results to health organizations across the country” said John Dugan, PwC partner and US health services revenue transformation leader. “It’s great to see the industry acknowledgement of our strategy to execution focus and how we are helping clients optimize overall revenue management, improve financial performance, and prepare for the evolving new health economy.”
KLAS (KLASresearch.com) independently monitors and reports vendor performance and helps healthcare organizations make informed decisions by providing them with accurate, honest and impartial vendor performance information based on candid evaluations by their peers. The annual Best in KLAS report provides details of KLAS Performance Data on software and professional services in categories that provide the broadest operational and clinical impact to healthcare organizations.
A study of 1,000 CIOs and senior IT decision makers by Capgemini, shows the tangled web of applications within international organizations is getting more complex, putting further strain on the IT department and stunting digital transformation.
According to the study, over the last three years the number of CIOs who believe their business has more applications than it needs has increased from just over a third (34 percent) to nearly half (48 percent). Just 37 percent believe the majority of their applications are mission-critical. Nearly three quarters (73 percent) believe that at least one-fifth of their current applications share similar functionality and should be consolidated, and 57 percent believe that at least a fifth of their applications should be retired or replaced.
Trends like big data and mobile media are translating into growing salaries for some technology professionals, according to the recently released 2014 Salary Guides from Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group.
Employers are prepared to offer increased compensation this year to skilled IT and digital professionals who can help organizations meet these objectives: keep information and networks secure, turn data into business intelligence and seize new opportunities in the mobile space.
“It’s becoming imperative for companies to build their online presence and connect with customers through mobile channels, but finding the specialized talent to design and develop for this fast-evolving space can be difficult,” said John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group. “Similar recruiting challenges exist around business intelligence. Companies want to use their information more strategically, but they struggle to find skilled professionals who can analyze raw data.”
Following are six roles that are among those expected to see the most substantial increases in average starting compensation in 2014, according to the Robert Half Salary Guides*:
1.Mobile applications developer: As companies expand their mobile initiatives to connect with consumers anytime, anywhere, they need professionals who can develop for smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. Experienced mobile applications developers can expect to see the largest increase (7.8 percent) in starting compensation of any tech position listed in this year’s Salary Guide, with salaries ranging from $100,000 to $144,000.
2.Business intelligence analyst: Organizations of all types want to derive more value from the data they generate, collect and store by turning it into actionable intelligence. Skilled business intelligence analysts can anticipate a 7.4 percent boost in starting compensation in 2014, with salaries ranging from $101,250 to $142,250.
3.Information systems security manager: Keeping data secure and protecting users and the network from cyber threats is a priority for any modern business. Information systems security managers who can assess and remediate vulnerabilities, threats and intrusions are in demand, and are projected to see a 6.8 percent bump in base compensation this year, with average starting salaries between $115,250 and $160,000.
4.User experience designer: Designing engaging user experiences is essential to the success of any mobile or web initiative — and requires specialized talent. User experience designers can expect to see average starting salaries between $78,000 and $120,000, up 7.5 percent from 2013.
5.Mobile designer: Compelling content and functionality are vital to delivering a satisfying interactive mobile experience. Skilled mobile designers can anticipate average starting salaries to increase 6.3 percent in 2014, to the range of $66,000 to $103,000.
6.User experience specialist: Developing innovative, interactive user experiences for web and mobile applications requires creativity and technical expertise. User experience specialists can expect to receive base compensation in the range of $79,000 to $118,000, a gain of 5.9 percent over last year.
The Medicus Firm released its annual placement data which represents hundreds of physician hires and provider placements nationwide. Each year this physician placement summary helps to illustrate new and ongoing trends in physician recruiting and healthcare in the United States.
Top trends for the year (2013) include:
■Primary care remains a dominant need, as it has been for the past few years, with 36 percent of placements coming from primary care, and two of the top three specialties placed were family practice and internal medicine.
■The percentage of female physicians placed continued to increase, from 26.24 percent in 2010 to 38.6 percent in 2013.
■A trending increase in doctors of osteopathic medicine, from 6.25 percent in 2010, to 8.75 percent in 2013.
HIMSS published the results of the 25th Annual 2014 HIMSS Leadership Survey, which highlights the journey of health IT over the past 25 years. The survey examines topics important healthcare leaders including IT priorities, issues driving and challenging technology adoption and IT security.
One of the most notable findings from this year’s survey concerns the perceived impact financial resources are having on IT implementations. While a majority of the survey participants (65 percent) reported IT budget increases – which is likely a contributing factor to the transition to a paperless environment—a lack of adequate financial resources now tops the list of barriers to successful IT implementation. This is a shift from the past two years when the primary IT challenge was insufficient and untrained staffing resources.
As with previous years, this year’s Survey continues to explore the progression of healthcare organizations from paper-based systems to a near paperless environment where medical data is fluidly and securely shared between providers. This year’s respondents suggest that government efforts to encourage providers to adopt health IT initiatives across the country – such as Meaningful Use (MU) – have been successful. For example:
•Over 90 percent of survey respondents have already qualified for Stage 1 Meaningful Use;
•Approximately three-quarters expect to qualify for Stage 2 in 2014; and
•Nearly all respondents expect to complete their conversion to ICD-10 by October 2014.