Obama’s EMR Initiative

April 23rd, 2014

With information technology on the rise, President Obama is trying to ensure that all medical records in the United States get converted to an electronic format. Even without the help of President Obama, the use of EMR is progressing from the majority of physicians, health care organizations, and related business associates because of the ease and rise in information technology. As part of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), the United States government has pushed for the use of EMR. The electronic medical records mandate is formally known as the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) and the legislation outlines incentives, penalties, and eventual mandatory implementation of EMR systems in the health care industry.

The use of electronic medical records can make physicians’ offices more efficient and improve the quality of patient care by making their medical history available to any physician treating them. There are many government grant incentives & government penalties. For example, grants totaling $598 million will establish approximately 70 Health Information Technology Regional Extension Centers. Physicians that do not implement EMR systems by the 2015 deadline will get their Medicare reimbursements reduced by 1%, and each subsequent year the rate reportedly will increase by 1% or more.

The government is serious in terms of ensuring that the conversion rate to EMR technology rises. It is likely that more college-level programs aimed at creating more Health Information Management professionals will be introduced. With the increased number of EMR initiatives, there will be more job opportunities available for professionals to implements the new systems. Ryzen Solutions is aware of this mandate and how it affects organizations’ long-term strategies so we are actively working with hospitals across the United States to provide IT staffing services.

-Leslie Tran
Intern at Ryzen Solutions

The Direction of IT Jobs in Silicon Valley

April 16th, 2014

There has been an overwhelming amount of development of other high-tech economic centers throughout the United States and around the world, but Silicon Valley actually accounts for one-third of all of the venture capital investments in the United States. As technology rapidly advances, more job opportunities arise-especially in Silicon Valley.

Stanford University’s affiliates and graduates had a major role in the development of Silicon Valley. In the 1940s and 1950s, Stanford’s Dean, Frederick Terman – also known as “the father of Silicon Valley” encouraged members in the community to start their own companies, which pushed Hewlett-Packard and other high-tech firms to be where they are today. Other startup companies followed their footsteps and today, popular companies like Google, Yahoo!, and Apple developed and are headquartered in Silicon Valley.

In 2016, Apple is going to open its 2.8 billion “spaceship” campus, which will open more job opportunities. Currently, more than 75 percent of residents in the hometown of Apple Inc. are employed in tech, science, business or management and there is no doubt that those numbers will rise. Another city in Silicon Valley that has been growing is Fremont. Recently, Tesla and Seagate have helped Fremont grow and the BART is scheduled to expand and open in about three years, which will open 20,000 jobs in the area. Currently, the average Fremont house is only on the market for about 25 days, which foreshadows future growth and development.

The Silicon Valley region is also home to five of California’s top 10 job markets heading into 2014. Out of any metropolitan area, Silicon Valley has the highest concentration of high-tech workers, with 286 out of every 1,000 private-sector workers with an average salary of $144,800. Ever since our “father of Silicon Valley” pushed to help make what we see today, there is no doubt that the direction of software and IT job opportunities will continue to rise.

-Leslie Tran
Intern at Ryzen Solutions