Health IT specialists in high demand; Clinical decision support helps boost ADHD diagnoses;

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> A new survey by staffing firm Randstad Healthcare finds healthcare workers are in high demand due to serious labor shortages in the industry. In particular, according to Randstad Executive Vice President Steve McMahan, health IT specialists such as medical coders are sought after due to looming regulatory measures like ICD-10. "Employers have to find innovative ways to compete for top talent," he said in a statement. Announcement

> Clinical decision support technology helped researchers from Indiana University obtain improved attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder diagnoses, according to research published this week in the journal Pediatrics. Abstract

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> Badmouthing in the workplace doesn't just lead to offended colleagues; in healthcare, it can hurt patient satisfaction and care. What's worse, such unprofessional behavior often occurs before patients. A recent study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine found that when the physician-patient encounter includes discussions about previous care, many doctors badmouth other physicians to patients. Article

> Hospitals could improve patients' quality of life, satisfaction and even health outcomes if they simply model adult hospitals after the ones designed for children, according to an opinion piece written by a fourth-year medical student in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association. Mark A. Attiah, who attends Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, writes in the piece, "Treat Me Like a Child," that adult hospitals should take a page from pediatric facilities by creating surroundings that distract and reduce stress and making clinical practices more patient- and family-oriented rather than more convenient for caretakers. Article

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> At least 8.5 million people could enroll in health insurance exchanges operating in 19 states, according to a new USA Today survey. Of that total, California said it expects 5.3 million people to enroll in its online marketplace. Article

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