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A Physician's Perspective: Meaningful Use of Health Technology

Dec 20 2011   2:34PM GMT

Careers in Health IT



Posted by: DrJosephKim
employment, health it, jobs

These days, everyone is looking for a job in health IT. How do you go about finding a job in Health IT? Where do you go to gain experience if you’ve never worked in health care? The government has funded a number of educational and training programs to build the health IT workforce.

I frequently speak with physicians about health IT careers and I share my insights on NonClinicalJobs.com

Today, I participated in the webinar titled, “Careers in Health Information Technology” from the National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC). The faculty included:

  • Norma Morganti, Executive Director – Midwest Community College Health Information Technology (HIT) Consortium
  • Tammy McNeil, RHIA, CPHIT, CPEHR, HIT Clinical Advisor – Wide River Technology Extension Center (TEC)
  • Todd Searls, Director of REC Operations – Wide River Technology Extension Center (TEC)
  • Angie Agage, EHR Coordinator – Dialysis Center
  • Charles Friedman, Ph.D, Director, Health Informatics Program – Schools of Information and Public Health, University of Michigan
Here are some of the key points I took away from the webinar:
  • The government has funded a number of training programs to prepare health IT professionals.
  • Those who are interested in health IT jobs vary tremendously in training and experience
  • Many of these positions are for nurses and information technology professionals
  • Key health IT roles include: implementation of electronic health records; support of the  “meaningful use” of EHRs
  • Over 50% of those looking for health IT jobs are currently employed full-time
  • Make sure you understand the “average day” of a health IT professional
  • Be flexible as you map your career path
  • Branch out and explore small, rural communities that have health IT needs
  • Consider investing in a graduate program (master of health IT, MS of informatics, etc.)
If you’re looking for a health IT job now, I’d encourage you to focus on the following roles:
  • Practice workflow redesign specialist
  • Implementation support specialist
  • Implementation manager (project management)
For more information about the webinar, you can visit: http://www.nationalehealth.org/careers-health-information-technology-hit
There, you’ll find a link to the slides, the archived webinar, and some helpful links.
National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) is a public-private partnership that enables secure and interoperable nationwide health information exchange to advance health and improve health care. NeHC was established through a grant from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to build on the accomplishments of the American Health Information Community (AHIC), a federal advisory committee to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) until 2008, and is led by some of the nation’s most respected thought leaders in healthcare and health IT.

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