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Mar 31, 2015 12:00:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

Contracting in a New City? How to Find Restaurants in 5 Minutes

General, Tips for Traveling Consultants

When you find yourself on contract in a new city, you always feel a bit lost and, quite frequently, hungry. Take a look at the quick tips I’ve put together below, which can help cut your search down to a mere five minutes.

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Mar 26, 2015 9:00:00 AM · by David Kushan

Does the firm you are with have a terrible travel schedule?

General, Consulting, Tips for Traveling Consultants, Career Planning

There are people who work for a consulting firm who come to the conclusion that consulting is not for them. This is understandable. What’s unfortunate is when they feel that consulting is not for them when, in fact, the consulting firm they work for is not the right firm for them.

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Mar 3, 2015 9:00:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

How To: Cash in as a Traveling Consultant

General, Consulting, Tips for Traveling Consultants

In a past post by Allison Harrison, Things That Every Consultant Should Have, she recommends that every consultant hold a designated credit card for expenses incurred on the job.

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Jan 22, 2015 12:00:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

Packing Smart: A Checklist that has Everything for You

General, Tips for Traveling Consultants

Do you find yourself leaving random essentials behind each week as you pack for the life of a road warrior?

Well, so do we. In an effort to get ourselves organized and help out our fellow consultants, the team here at Healthcare IS has collaborated on a list of essentials, so that you won’t find yourself longing for those small but vital comforts while working on-site.

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Jan 1, 2015 12:00:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

Airport Travel Tips For Air Warriors

General, Tips for Traveling Consultants

Anyone can tell you that getting to the airport early is a key factor in experiencing airport success. At time’s though this may not always be possible. If you find yourself in this predicament often, think about some solutions that might help you get through to the gate a little faster than the average traveler. I’ve listed a few suggestions below that can grease your security wheels and shave some time off your gate race.

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Dec 23, 2014 12:00:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

Health IT Contracting is a Business of People

General, Consulting, Tips for Traveling Consultants, Networking

In Pharmacy Informatics consulting, regardless of your implementation experience, if no one knows what you’re capable of, you might as well be invisible. It’s important to be known and trusted for your skills by securing your place on shortlists and learning how to manage your relationships in ways that gain loyalty and respect.

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Nov 20, 2014 12:00:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

The Minimalist Guide To Packing Light

General, Tips for Traveling Consultants

Packing can be a pain, but with these helpful tips maybe you can cut down on space, time, and all those other troubles associated with traveling with luggage. We've broken our packing process down into four easy steps for you: the check-in, the bag, what to bring, and the techniques that have worked for us. If you have tips of your own, please feel free to share them! 

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Sep 24, 2014 12:00:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

How To Prepare For A Hard Interview

General, Consulting, Tips for Traveling Consultants, Career Planning

7 Hard Hitting Interview Questions for Consultants

A while back we turned to Twitter & Facebook and asked our followers to share with us their worst interview questions. We ended up some pretty funny responses. When it comes down to it, we've all had some ridiculous interview questions thrown our way. What helps us to address these odd ball topics and hard hitting questions is simple. Preparation. In an attempt to share what we know here  at Healthcare IS we put together the following questions that we come across and advice on how to thoughtfully answer them.

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Jul 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

Explore A New City Like An Urban Bear Grylls: 5 Ways To See It All

General, Tips for Traveling Consultants

A few times a year, you might find yourself dropping down into a new city to work on a contract. By no means are you jumping from a plane and making your way through jungles or other rugged terrain, but you can still seek adventure and explore like an urban Bear Grylls, the man responsible for the Discovery Channel hit Man vs. Wild.

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Jul 2, 2014 9:14:00 AM · by Karl Dinse

One Crucial Skill You Need

General, Tips for Traveling Consultants, Corporate Culture, Interviews

Over the years, I've personally found active listening to be a very difficult skill to develop. Why? Partly because I'm a "type A" personality who likes to engage assertively, sometimes even aggressively, in conversation. I find myself occasionally interrupting people so that I can get my point across or "win" the conversation/debate. Many words have been written and training programs developed around active listening. Below is a summary of my thoughts on the topic.

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Jun 11, 2014 12:00:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

Road Warriors: A Book for June

General, Tips for Traveling Consultants

As consultants, you find yourselves spending many hours in the air or awaiting departure. For many of you, this time serves as a window of opportunity to get a little extra work done or organize your personal affairs. But on occasion, we all like to pick up an interesting read. This month the Healthcare IS team would like to share one of our favorite new reads, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business.

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May 14, 2014 12:00:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

Road Warriors - Apps to Keep You Active

Tips for Traveling Consultants

Life as a road warrior has its compromises but exercise doesn’t have to be one of them.

Below are two apps I’ve recently tested out. They appeal to short-term time commitment and incentivized commitment.

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Apr 30, 2014 12:00:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

Road Warriors: Brain Teaser Apps for Long Trips

Tips for Traveling Consultants

As a traveling consultant, twice a week you find yourself sitting for significant periods of time. There are many activities and even personal tasks that can be done during this time. But if you still find yourself longing for a creative way to pass the hours, here are 12 apps that will rejuvenate your mind around your work schedule. Some of them are activity-based, while others, such as the TED app, stimulate inspiration.

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Apr 29, 2014 12:00:00 AM · by Healthcare IS Team

Things That Every Consultant Should Have

Consulting, Tips for Traveling Consultants, Healthcare IS Team

Although there are many things that will make the life of a traveling consultant easier, I think there a few that qualify as must-haves for anyone who travels for work on a weekly basis. 

These may seem like common sense to most, but you’d be surprised by how many people with whom I speak who are not equipped with these tools designed to make travel more seamless. 

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Apr 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

5 Top Health IT News Sources

Tips for Traveling Consultants

We asked around and this is what we found: Our readers get the most value out of the five sources listed below!

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Feb 12, 2014 12:00:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

Road Warriors: Which States Are Hands-Free?

General, Tips for Traveling Consultants

In an earlier post, Road Warriors: Driving In a Foreign State, we explored different traffic laws from state to state.

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Jan 15, 2014 12:00:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

Road Warriors: Driving In a Foreign State

Tips for Traveling Consultants

Each week we send our consultants out on assignment somewhere in the U.S. They exit their flight, walk over to Rental Cars, and make their way to the client site or lodging.

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Oct 15, 2013 12:00:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

Meetup: Get Social in a New City

Tips for Traveling Consultants

Working in new and foreign cities can make it hard to form the social relationships that enrich our lives. Many times, the workplace and hotel are the limited options with which consultants find themselves. But that doesn’t have to be the case.

Meetup.com is an online networking site that has been connecting locals and travelers based on personal interests and networking.

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Aug 6, 2013 12:00:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

How Google+ Hangouts Will Change the Future of Collaboration in Healthcare

General, Tips for Traveling Consultants, Industry News

It’s impossible to have an active account on Google+ without witnessing the exponential growth of communities and group discussions whether it’s on a post, discussions within communities or through Hangouts.

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Jul 23, 2013 12:00:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

7 Health IT Communities Worth Joining on Google+

General, Tips for Traveling Consultants, Networking

Google+ communities, much like LinkedIn Groups, are created for people to get together and talk about the interests/passions they share.

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Apr 30, 2013 12:00:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

Get Rid Of Your Luggage Problems Once & For All

Tips for Traveling Consultants

As a follow up to the post,  The Minimalist Guide To Packing Light, this week we’re giving you a review on luggage brands and taking a look at what other travelers have found to be the best of breed brands. Working as a traveling consultant you need the best bag for the job. Take a look at what we have found to be popular among frequent flyers.

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Mar 28, 2013 12:00:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

Save Time Managing Your Personal Life While Traveling For Your Consulting Life

General, Tips for Traveling Consultants

As an independent consultant you are responsible for managing your projects, tracking your expenses and staying on schedule while traveling 4-5 days a week. It doesn’t leave much time for managing your personal expenses. Nearly all companies, banks and service providers make it easy to receive an e-bill and provide you with an online account for the ease of reminders and paying bills online.

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Mar 14, 2013 7:51:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

Tips On Expense Reports For Consultants

General, Tips for Traveling Consultants

As a traveling consultant, do you dread sending in weekly/monthly expense reports?

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

GateGuru For Traveling Healthcare IT Consultants

General, Consulting, Tips for Traveling Consultants

Imagine this familiar feeling.  You’re in a new city and a new airport.  You know you have an hour to kill before your flight begins boarding.  The rows of black chairs are filled with only awkward spaces left between wayward travelers.  

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Feb 5, 2013 12:00:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

Time And Expense Apps That Can Save Consultants A Headache

General, Consulting, Tips for Traveling Consultants, Industry News

As a traveling consultant, your job description contains more duties more than just your Health IT project. Working independently or for a firm means that you need to be tracking your own hours and recording your own expenses. Finding a rhythm to staying organized takes time, but with these helpful apps you may find that tracking, and exporting a time and expense report, may be as simple as a few taps on your phone or tablet.

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Jan 22, 2013 12:00:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

Smart Phone Hotspots App for Traveling Consultants

General, Tips for Traveling Consultants

Have you ever found yourself stranded in an airport, waiting for a delayed flight with only limited or expensive wireless Internet available? What about working from a café where the wireless is slow or even nonexistent? What about moving into a new home before your Internet can be transferred or turned on? No matter where or why, we’ve all found ourselves without wireless when we’ve wanted it or even needed it.

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Dec 17, 2012 10:29:00 PM · by Ashley Wetmore

Social Media for Business Travel

General, Tips for Traveling Consultants, Networking

New social media networks turn the business travel world into a much smaller place with new networks that allow solo travelers to login and connect with fellow businessmen and women on flights and in cities.

Working in consulting management, we send our consultants out on a Monday and home again the following Thursday. That’s two trips a week that can offer, previously missed, camaraderie.

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Dec 11, 2012 12:00:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

4 Apps Every Traveling Consultant Should Consider

General, Tips for Traveling Consultants

Working as a traveling consultant has a lot of upsides but one of the biggest downsides is being away from your family. Our consultants have found some pretty creative ways to connect while away from home. Some of them documenting their trips with a lovable family stuffed animal and others who prerecord bedtime stories for their children. 

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Aug 1, 2012 9:00:00 PM · by Ashley Wetmore

Top 5 Reasons to Blog About Health IT

General, Consulting, Tips for Traveling Consultants, Resume Tips, Career Planning, Hiring

The concept of blogging is nothing new but as the application process turns digital and fewer and fewer paper resumes are passed around.. One thing is for sure, taking advantage of the electronic era can only further your candidacy for the job you want.

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