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Volume 1: Issue 1

A nation upside down: a new vision for the future of learning

By Jamai Blivin and Merrilea J Mayo, PhD
Advised by Parminder K Jassal, PhD

Several billions of dollars have been invested into increasing the number of students who complete high school and pursue a college education in the United States. While high school completion rates have improved, college completion rates have not, and yet the number of jobs requiring a college degree continues to rise.

Preparing the healthcare workforce for a skill economy

By William J. Rudman, PhD, RHIA; Susan Hart-Hester, PhD, RHIA; Rebecca Holton, CFRE; and Kathryn Jackson, RHIA

Healthcare has moved to a Skill Economy; a system built on the individual skills we possess, work and life experiences, accomplishments, and personal networking. Healthcare professionals of the future need to better understand interprofessional care delivery models emphasizing communication, new technologies, business acumen, strategic planning, leadership, and evidence-based decision making. This model emphasizes competency-based education, experiential learning, interprofessional training, and data-driven curricula.

Credentials are like a box of chocolates: you never know what you are going to get!

By Roy A. Swift, PhD

There is growing confusion in the marketplace over the number and type of credentials entering the market. What do they mean, and how can one tell the wheat from the chaff? In this article, Roy Swift, PhD, executive director of Workcred discusses industry-based credentials and hallmarks of quality, which is key to advancing the workforce and improving the overall performance of the labor market.

CDI profession presents opportunities, obstacles to international workforce

By Brian Murphy

The clinical documentation improvement (CDI) industry has experienced tremendous growth over the last decade, creating a need for trained and credentialed CDI professionals in the U.S. and internationally. But differing care delivery and payment modalities and cultural differences point toward a need for standardized training.

Hope Street Group’s health career pathways initiative: a case study of the West Michigan region

By James W. Guest, PhD

This case study provides an overview of how the West Michigan region of Hope Street Group’s national Health Career Pathways initiative has leveraged the expertise of lead employer Mercy Health to build evidence-based career pathways with workforce and education partners. The case study is based on interviews with key individuals from Mercy Health, Metrics Reporting, and the author’s own field work in the region as a consultant for Hope Street Group.

Workforce training in data analytics: a proposed competency-based solution

By Simon Fitall

A wide range of literature supports competency-based training in healthcare and a wide range of literature discusses the potential for data and data analytics to transform healthcare This commentary brings these two core concepts together to discuss the benefits of providing competency-based training in data analytics to all levels of healthcare professionals.