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7/10/19

Maverick’s Update: What Matters to You About Health Policy

  1. Wait list or webinar attendance are your only options for the impressively popular ONC Interoperability Forum on August 21-22, 2019.

  2. United Health Group has been even busier than usual with health data and analysis investments – purchasing Patients Like Me (a thoughtful blog post about whether we should be nervous about this here) and launching a data science initiative with Atlanta University Center Consortium.

  3. Finally, a discussion about how a proposed federal data privacy law may impact HIPAA’s protection of health data, coming to a House Energy & Commerce Committee hearing soon.


One Thoughtful Paragraph

Tell your kids to become health care data scientists! Talk about a growth industry. This JAMA article explains the incredible surge in health care data job postings, fueled by the modernization of the industry in both the public and private sectors. The federal government is ramping up: OPM, NIH, FDA, and CMS is once again looking for a chief health informatics officer. There is an entire website called Fedhealthit.com that has constant announcements about federal health it jobs. The private sector is no less fixated on this, most famously with Virginia Tech creating a data science-focused campus in the heart of Amazon’s new Northern Virginia-based HQ2. HIMSS recent survey explored what provider organizations are doing to address their health IT workforce shortages. PwC 2019 top health industry issues report said that 55% of payer executives say that new hires must be skilled in informatics and data analytics, second only to customer service. And never underestimate a good jobs conversation on the campaign trail: Senator Kamala Harris is pushing her 21st Century Skills Job Act that would invest in health care information technology workforce training.


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