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UNCG to offer online certificate in health care IT management

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

UNCG will begin offering a graduate certificate in health information technology that will allow students to master the competencies needed for jobs in one of the nation’s fastest growing professions.

“Depending on who you ask, there is a shortage of between 50,000 and 100,000 trained health care information technology professionals in the United States that needs to be filled over the next five years,” said Dr. Eric W. Ford, the Forsyth Medical Center Distinguished Professor at UNCG. “In addition, it’s one of the fastest growing professions, not just in the U.S. but around the world.”

The online certificate program in the Bryan School of Business and Economics is designed to meet the needs of two groups: people with clinical experience seeking to move into other aspects of health care delivery, and individuals without clinical training who want to make the transition into the health care industry. For example, there is great need for nurses knowledgeable about health care information technology in order to implement the electronic health records requirements mandated by the federal government. Having health care information technology competencies and experience will be an essential skill set for effective managers in both hospital and clinical settings.

“It’s an opportunity to work in a sector of the economy where you make other people’s lives better,” Ford said, noting it’s also a sector that is recession resistant. “The hospital never closes, so there are always jobs available.”

“Health care organizations often provide tuition support for educational programs such as the certificate to fill the need for HIT expertise,” added Dr. Lakshmi Iyer, director of graduate programs for the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management. “In addition, certificate holders can apply some of the credits earned to a master’s degree in business, information technology or nursing offered by UNCG. It is a great way to advance one’s education and create future opportunities.”

The 12-credit hour certificate, which will launch in the fall of 2011, is a flexible, online program that could be completed in one calendar year. Applicants are not required to have taken the GMAT or the GRE for acceptance into the program. Students interested in pursuing a master’s degree in information technology management can apply the certificate credits.

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UN mulls internet regulation options

Friday, December 17th, 2010

The United Nations is considering whether to set up an inter-governmental working group to harmonise global efforts by policy makers to regulate the internet.

Establishment of such a group has the backing of several countries, spearheaded by Brazil.

At a meeting in New York on Wednesday, representatives from Brazil called for an international body made up of Government representatives that would to attempt to create global standards for policing the internet – specifically in reaction to challenges such as WikiLeaks.

The Brazilian delegate stressed, however, that this should not be seen as a call for an “takeover” of the internet.

India, South Africa, China and Saudi Arabia appeared to favour a new possible over-arching inter-government body.

However, Australia, US, UK, Belgium and Canada and attending business and community representatives argued there were risks in forming yet another working group that might isolate itself from the industry, community users and the general public.

“My concern is that if we were to make a move to form a governmental-only body then that would send a very strong signal to civil society that their valuable contribution was not required or was not being looked for,” an un-named Australian representative told the meeting.

Debate on the creation of a new inter-governmental body stemmed from a UN Economic and Social Council resolution 2010/2 of 19 July.

The resolution invited the UN Secretary-General “to convene open and inclusive consultations involving all Member States and all other stakeholders with a view to assisting the process towards enhanced cooperation in order to enable Governments on an equal footing to carry out their roles and responsibilities in respect of international public policy issues pertaining to the Internet but not of the day-to-day technical and operational matters that do not impact upon those issues.”

Much debate concerned the meaning of “enhanced cooperation” and whether a new inter-governmental body was required. Participants also debated the roles of existing organisations – such as the Internet Governance Forum, ICANN and the ITU.

The IGF – an organisation that informs the UN but makes no decisions – is running close to the end of a five-year mandate, due to expire at ?the end of the year.

The likes of ISOC, ICANN and more recently the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) have recently expressed concerns that a working panel to decide on the future of the IGF has been limited to representatives from member-states.

“Australia is a very strong supporter of the Internet Governance Forum,” the unidentified Australian UN representative said at the New York meeting this week. “That is very much due to the multi-stake-holder approach of the IGF. It is an inclusive process.”

Australia’s Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy said that Australian Government welcomed the resolution of the Second Committee of the United Nation General Assembly (UNGA) to extend the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) for a further five years.

The DBCDE said it would like to see the organisation retain an open and participatory membership.

“Australia has always supported the participation of civil society and the private sector in the IGF and regards their participation as being integral to the IGF’s success,” a spokesman told iTnews.


Reaping the Benefits of Information Technology Consulting

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Information Technology consulting, commonly abbreviated as IT consulting, entails advising businesses on using best information technology practices to meet different business objectives. The services provided by IT consultants may be as simple as creating an internal company information database for the managers to as complex as developing the entire organizational information system, which is crucial to the marketing and sales processes.

Why Opt For Information Technology Consulting?

The IT environment is highly dynamic and complex. This calls for specialized expertise of an information technology consulting company, for building novel IT infrastructure and other necessary integrated applications. Some key benefits of hiring an IT consultant are:

  • Cost-cutting: An IT consultant helps to streamline business information, thereby enabling reduction in the dependence on manpower. This, in turn, helps to save time and cut-down costs. A good IT consultant will also offer ongoing assistance to keep the business systems running efficiently, further reducing waste.
  • Security: Breach of security is a wide-spread concern, costing businesses greatly. According to a report by Ponemon Institute/ArcSight, the median cost of insider-data breaches was as high as $3.4 million per business/per annum in 2006. An IT consultant enables to ensure that business records containing sensitive information is only accessible by authorized personnel, whenever necessary.
  • Expansion assistance: A business cannot grow if its IT systems are not upgraded and expanded periodically. An information technology consulting company provides timely assistance in this regard, by remaining abreast with the latest technological developments, and incorporating the same in the existing system.

Finally, an IT consulting company functions as a “help desk”, which may be approached for finding prompt solutions to technological and system lapses. Also, by conducting regular audits and maintenance of systems, IT consultants help to avoid breakdowns in the first place.

Searching for an IT Consultant in Houston

According to an Industry Report by OnForce, the world’s biggest marketplace for IT professionals, Huston had the largest service economy during the second quarter of 2008. The report revealed that growth in the rollouts in technologies, particularly wireless networks, has resulted an increase in demand for IT consultants in Huston, from restaurants and hotels to stores and schools.

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