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Aug 18, 2015 12:00:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

Ep 15 - What to Avoid When Negotiating Rate

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In this podcast, you’ll hear two scenarios in which a candidate has approached a conversation about compensation. In these instances, they handled the topic in a manner that deflated their credibility and let the firm know that they did not do their homework.

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Jun 16, 2015 12:00:00 AM · by David Kushan

Ep 8 - Is the security of a full-time job more of a myth now then it was 40 years ago?

General, Consulting, Healthcare IS Podcast, Interviews

Today we continue our interviews with consultants sharing their perspectives on how and why they got into consulting. I’m really happy to have our guest Kevin Roy, a podiatrist who entered into informatics in 1992 as an associate director of informatics with a hospital in the northeast. He got involved in consulting in 2008. Within the last year he has been working on a project with Healthcare IS, which involved transitioning from one long-term engagement to a project with our firm.

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May 5, 2015 12:00:00 AM · by David Kushan

How to Set Yourself Up for Continuous Work as a Contractor

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When you're considering taking a contract, you should also consider the following:

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Apr 9, 2015 12:00:00 AM · by David Kushan

Ep 1 - What's the difference between an I.T. Pharmacist and an Informatics Pharmacist?

General, Healthcare IS Podcast, Interviews

That's a question that can be answered many ways. Find out one Pharmacists answer to this question and many more in our latest interview with Dave Wolfe, Vice President of Professional Services. With over ten years of experience of focus in pharmacy IT he offers a well rounded opinion on the subject. This is the first installment of the Healthcare IS podcast where we will be interviewing a new pharmacist in the IT or informatics field each month. Listen in to hear what these experts have to say and subscribe so you don’t miss out on any episodes.

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Feb 24, 2015 12:00:00 AM · by David Kushan

Ep 14 - Factors Affecting Your Contract End Date

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In this podcast, Managing Partner David Kushan will dive into contract end dates and how to evaluate the stability of a contract before you sign on.

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Jan 29, 2015 12:00:00 AM · by David Kushan

Ep 9 - Finding Success in an Interview

General, Industry News, Healthcare IS Podcast

Episode 9 is a 10 minute tip segment with David Kushan covering how to find success in an interview when faced with experienced based questions.

If you like what you hear or have an opinion of your own, don’t be afraid to leave us a comment below! Who knows, with your great input you might find yourself joining our guests with an interview of your very own.

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Dec 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM · by David Kushan

Top Incentives for Independent Consulting In Healthcare IT

General, Consulting, Career Planning, Healthcare IS Podcast, Interviews

This is our second podcast in a series about working as a consultant in the healthcare IT industry and talking about the differences between working for a consulting firm and being an independent consultant. Our guest today is Jerry Queen. Jerry comes from the health insurance payer side of healthcare; many of our guests in the past have been on the hospital provider side. He has 25 total years of experience working in the payer IT space with three different health plans, 11 of those years in consulting. He primarily provides his expertise in operational management, configuration management, system integration and operational leadership for payers in the IT area.

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Dec 2, 2014 12:00:00 AM · by David Kushan

Ep 3 - Can a retail pharmacist transition to a hospital and bring any value in an informatics pharmacist role?

General, Consulting, Career Planning, Healthcare IS Podcast, Interviews, David Kushan

David Stansbury gives his insight in this month’s Healthcare IS podcast. Listen in and hear David’s experience in working as a pharmacist in IT, making transitions and what he’s observed in the last 30 years of his experience.

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Nov 18, 2014 12:00:00 AM · by David Kushan

Ep 2 - Healthcare IS Speaks with Jerry Fahrni on Pharmacy IT

General, Consulting, Healthcare IS Podcast, Interviews, David Kushan

Take a moment to hear Jerry Fahrni tell his story of experience in Pharmacy IT. He tells us how he came to be in the field of Health IT, what challenges he worked through and observed and what advice he would share with someone looking to break into Pharmacy IT. You can also follow Jerry’s Blog at www.JerryFahrni.com.

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Jul 29, 2014 12:00:00 AM · by David Kushan

Ep 16 - How to Utilize Social Media in Pharmacy Informatics with John Poikonen

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In continuing to explore social media and its significance to health IT, this month we spoke with John Poikonen Adjuct Professor at Health Informatics and Management, University of Massachusetts Lowell. 

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Jul 3, 2014 12:00:00 AM · by David Kushan

How does your client view you? Are you an expert consultant or long-term temporary employee?

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In this podcast, Managing Partner David Kushan will help differentiate between the two and give perspective from the client side.

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Jun 19, 2014 12:00:00 AM · by David Kushan

Ep 7 - What general advice would you have for someone who's thinking about becoming an independent consultant?

Healthcare IS Podcast, Interviews

Today we are continuing our series with talking to consultants who have worked both as an independent contractor and for consulting firms so that they can share their opinions and experiences to educate our listeners on future decisions as it relates to consulting. I’m really excited about our guest today, James Hill. He’s someone with a great reputation within his niche market. James has been in health IT for fourteen years and has spent twelve of those years as a consultant, eight of which have been as an independent consultant. He has diverse experience having worked for a firm, vendor as well as an independent consultant. James works primarily with Cerner clients across the country specializing in medication processes and meds integration.

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Jun 5, 2014 2:11:00 PM · by David Kushan

Ep 22 - Projecting Demand for Your Skills

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When looking to get into a new marketplace in which you think there will be high demand, you'll want to consider a few factors:

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Apr 3, 2014 12:00:00 AM · by David Kushan

Ep 20 - 98% Of Recruiters Use LinkedIn... But Only 38% of Employees Are There

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A high percentage of people have not yet adopted LinkedIn as a job search tool, and even though 38% of employees are using it, they’re not necessarily using it optimally as a social networking tool. In fact, I’d venture to say that most people using it are simply creating a profile for themselves that’s nothing more than a traditional résumé.

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Mar 25, 2014 12:00:00 AM · by David Kushan

Ep 4 - What are the advantages and disadvantages for an IT pharmacist working in either the IT department or the pharmacy?

General, Consulting, Healthcare IS Podcast, Interviews, David Kushan

That’s just one of many questions we addressed with Ron Burnett in our latest Healthcare IS Podcast. Ron has been a practicing pharmacist for the last 29 years. Primarily working in hospital pharmacy practice, he has also done work in home infusion and the retail space. With 14 of those 29 years spent in the informatics space, Ron comes with immense insights from all angles of practicing pharmacy and our country’s implementation of informatics in hospitals.

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Mar 6, 2014 9:54:00 AM · by David Kushan

Ep 19 - The Challenge in Starting a Health IT Contract From Home

General, Healthcare IS Podcast, David Kushan

Once you've been in the consulting field for a reasonable amount of time, you'll be faced with a client that's in a bind and wants you to start immediately.

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Feb 20, 2014 11:25:00 AM · by David Kushan

Ep 18 - How One Man is Building a Podcast Devoted to All Things Pharmacy

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In today's episode, we're joined by the founder of Pharmacy Podcast Show, Todd Eury. Todd has spent the last five years providing the pharmacy industry with firsthand knowledge from professionals he considers subject-matter experts.

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Feb 6, 2014 12:00:00 AM · by David Kushan

Ep 17 - Is a Longer Contract Always Better?

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In today’s tip podcast we ask the question, is a longer contract always better? Managing Partner, David Kushan covers early termination, the benefits of a short-term project and examples he has observed in recent Healthcare IS contracts.

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Dec 10, 2013 12:00:00 AM · by David Kushan

Ep - 13 Interview with the Author of Job Searching with Social Media For Dummies

Healthcare IS Podcast

In today’s podcast episode we talk with Joshua Waldman. Joshua, author of Job Searching with Social Media For Dummies, is recognized as one of the nations top authorities in Social Media Career Advancement. To learn Joshua’s secret strategies for shortening the online job search and getting the right job right away, watch his exclusive video training here to learn How To Use Social Media Find a Job

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Nov 26, 2013 12:00:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

Ep 12 - Interview With the Founder of Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today

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Today’s interview features Gwen Darling, president and founder of Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today. Gwen’s efforts have resulted in two excellent industry resources for job opportunities and career development. HCITC and HCITT are now part of the HealthcareScene.com network.

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Oct 10, 2013 12:00:00 AM · by David Kushan

Ep 10 - Securing the Second Contract

General, Consulting, Healthcare IS Podcast

Every contractor has his or her dream contract envisioned, usually before they even begin consulting. In today’s podcast, Managing Partner David Kushan examines the perfect contract — what happens when it’s found and what it means when the second contract needs to be secured.

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May 30, 2013 8:03:00 AM · by David Kushan

Ep 5 - How To Get Into Contract Consulting - Dave Wolfe

General, Healthcare IS Podcast, Interviews

Welcome to our second series of the Healthcare IS Podcast. The next set of podcast episodes will be geared towards individuals who are interested to hear how others have transitioned from full time employment to contract consulting. In this episode we are visited again by our popular guest Dave Wolfe as he shares his career path in consulting and the choices he made that lead him to a successful profession as an independent consultant.

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