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Aug 25, 2015 12:00:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

Do you believe in working with one or multiple firms?

General, Slideshare

In your experience have you found it beneficial to work with multiple firms? Or have you spent time nurturing a strong relationship with a firm that understands your needs? Maybe you haven’t yet entered the consulting profession

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

Ep 15 - What to Avoid When Negotiating Rate

Healthcare IS Podcast

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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Aug 11, 2015 12:00:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

2 Main Types of Contractors

General, Slideshare

When thinking about your career as an independent contractor, how do you project your career path? 

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Jun 30, 2015 12:00:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

Consider Joining a Consulting Firm As a First Step In Your Consulting Career

Slideshare

As managing partner of a healthcare IT consulting/staff augmentation firm, I’m always having conversations with people who are looking to enter the consulting marketplace.

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May 26, 2015 12:00:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

Understanding The Seven Segments Of Your Resume

Slideshare

Your resume is your most important calling card in your job search. At Healthcare IS we review hundreds of resumes regularly and have outlined the seven most evident segments found on the resumes we evaluate. Continue reading below to discover what these segments are and how you can best utilize them.

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May 19, 2015 12:00:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

4 Career Advantages of LinkedIn Groups

General, Consulting, Networking

LinkedIn Ranking

When you belong to a LinkedIn Group and participate on a regular basis, your profile views are going to increase. As a result, your ranking score is going to rise above the scores of others in your network who are searching for the same contracts.

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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 24, 2015 12:00:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

Protection Against Early Termination

General, Slideshare

In this Slideshare, you'll find an alternative to ending contracts based on a number of days.  

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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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Feb 12, 2015 9:00:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

Can you break away from your consulting firm?

Slideshare

Read through this SlideShare for a better understanding of how to make this transition at the right time for you.

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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 13, 2015 9:30:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

Structures of Compensation in Independent Contracting

General, Consulting

There are many questions to ask when you first learn about consulting. The most frequent and urgent question is usually, “How will I be paid?”

There are multiple ways to structure compensation

 when moving into independent consulting.

In this presentation we pin point 4 structures of compensation and how they work best in different situations.

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Jan 6, 2015 9:30:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

Seven Common Segments Of A Resume

General, Resume Tips, Industry News, Corporate Culture

Your resume is your most important calling card in your job search. At Healthcare IS we review hundreds of resumes regularly and have outlined the seven most evident segments found on the resumes we evaluate. Continue reading below to discover what these segments are and how you can best utilize them.

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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 25, 2014 12:00:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

Happy Holidays from Healthcare IS

General

The holidays are here and with them comes the overwhelming rush to find those perfect presents, send out those Christmas cards and check off your to-do list. Even though it seems to grow three fold every time a task is scratched out.

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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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Dec 18, 2014 12:00:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

Staying in Consulting vs. Leaving Consulting

Slideshare

Professionals who work in consulting tend to hit a benchmark at 2-3 years and will re-evaluate if the travel and work are still a good fit. This SlideShare will explore the evolution of a consultant at this moment in their career. 

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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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Jun 26, 2014 8:33:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

How Can You Increase Your Compensation In Health IT?

General, Slideshare, Consulting

Can you just walk into your manager's office and tell them how much demand there is for your skills and request, or demand, an increase in salary? I guess you could, but what if your manager says, "I would love to increase your salary, but we just don’t have it in the budget."

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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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May 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

A Look Back at Our Predictions for Healthcare and Technology

General, Industry News

In this TED Talk, Daniel Kraft enthusiastically shared with his audience the remarkable advancements in medicine due to evolving technology. He looked at the three topics below, to name just a few. 

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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 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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Mar 18, 2014 12:00:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

How does your organization represent themselves?

Slideshare

As an independent contractor whose current project is coming to an end, you're going to be talking with staffing firms about projects they have coming up for which you may be a good fit.

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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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Dec 31, 2013 12:00:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

Welcome 2014

General

In 2012 Healthcare IS started our company blog. In 2013 we celebrated one year of successful blogging and now in 2014, we get to introduce two new bloggers from the Healthcare IS team. 

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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

General, Healthcare IS Podcast

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 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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Oct 3, 2013 12:00:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

Get Inspired: Big Data TED Talk with Joel Selanikio

General, Industry News

When you have 22 minutes to spare today, catch this 2013 TED Talk with Joel Selanikio as he uncovers the Big Picture behind Big Data. 

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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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Jul 2, 2013 12:00:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

Keeping up with your New Year's resolution. The mid-year checkup.

General, Career Planning

Remember your goal and why you chose it.

It has officially been 6 months since the beginning of the year when many of us made our New Year’s Resolution. What was your goal? Think back to what changes you decided to make for yourself. This was a goal you set with the intention of completing it within the year. Why? According to Statistic Brain, 45% of Americans usually make a New Year’s resolution. Of that 45% only 8% find success with their year-end goals. So how can ensure that you will make that 8%?

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May 2, 2013 10:38:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

Reviewing 5 Predictions for Reshaping Health IT In 2013

Industry News

Last August Paul Cerrato, Editor of InformationWeek Healthcare, wrote an article entitled “5 Trends Will Reshape Health IT in 2013.” Nearly a year later, we can take a look at those predictions and see where the beginning of 2013 has brought us. 

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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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Jan 1, 2013 12:00:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

Have You Planned Your 2013?

General

The New Year has arrived! Welcome 2013 and all of the wonderful things ahead. It's the season of resolutions and Healthcare IS is ready to jump in with both feet. Throughout 2012 we developed our company blog, and thanks to our tips and takes on industry trends we’ve received some great feedback from our readers.

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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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Nov 7, 2012 4:19:00 PM · by Ashley Wetmore

What the 2012 Election Means for ACA and Health IT

General, Industry News

The buzz around the election is deafening and Healthcare IS has gathered a few articles that highlight what’s expected to happen next. There are two articles from Health IT-focused sources that touch on the coming year as well as an interview with CHIME’s Sharon Canner.

—  Healthcare IS Team

 

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Nov 1, 2012 12:00:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

AHRQ Speaks with Healthcare IS: What Workflow Research Will Achieve

General, Industry News

A new proposed study has been submitted by The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in hopes of examining six clinics over a period of 14 months to learn more about the effectiveness of Health IT and the impact of workflow and health IT in ambulatory care practices.

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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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Jul 31, 2012 9:00:00 PM · by Ashley Wetmore

A Conversation with Steve Sisko

General, Interviews

In today's post we offer you an interview with Steve Sisko, author of ICD-10 Impact to Health Care Payers & Providers. We approached Steve for our company blog, intrigued by his quick climb to the top in featured lists such as Top Ten Bloggers to Follow on Twitter and his number five position on the #HIT100 list. We get to see a lot of Steve's work from the technical side published on his blog and through his guest contributions. This time we wanted know the man behind the technology and how he has gained success in the Health IT industry and become an opinion leader in Health IT social media. Below Steve answers a variety of questions about his experience blogging, his recent recognition and how all of this has affected him as a professional, blogger and family man. At the bottom of the post, feel free to leave any further questions you might have. Steve has generously agreed to personally answer questions by readers.

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Jul 12, 2012 9:00:00 PM · by Ashley Wetmore

Prove It or Lose It!

General, Resume Tips, Industry News, Career Planning

In today's healthcare IT job market standing out in a file of submitted resumes can be a challenge. With an abundance of resumes sent every day, consultants are finding the "thank you, but no thank you" response to be an unfortunate loyal visitor to their inbox.  Inevitably, after weeks of job hunting and hopeful submittals, your frustration builds and begins to chip away at your motivation.

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