Who Cares About This Blog?

Two years ago, when I was delving into the broad field of HIT, I didn’t know where to start.  I was learning how to navigate on LinkedIn and joined some groups, but had to look up every other word and acronym.  With HIT being so broad and fairly new, I could not find a single source to put together all of the disparate bits of information gleaned from these discussions in a way I could understand. 

If you’re new to HIT, you definitely want to check out the acronyms and read a couple of my articles (they’re short!).  I will be sharing my strategy for equipping myself to enter this market and the challenges I’ve faced along the way.  My learning continued post-certifications via many discussions with gurus in the field, lots of research and vigilance.  Even HIT professionals agree to disagree on interpretations of current developments in the industry.  This may be frustrating at times, but the dynamism of this industry makes it exciting. 

For you compliance gurus (you know who you are!), implementation specialists, nurse informaticists and the rest of the eclectic professionals working in the HIT space, feel free to inform and guide the rest of us and debate each other.  In my experience, authorities in this industry have been extremely generous with sharing their wisdom and offering advice.  I hope that continues to be the case here. 



About Julie

My credentials include a Master's Certificate in Health Informatics, a CHPSE certification (Certified HIPAA Privacy and Security Expert), and certification in HL7 (Health Level 7). The multidisciplinary approach to equipping myself to enter the healthcare IT sector is consistent with my professional background in sales, management, healthcare, and recruiting. I also have a BA in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan, which as been invaluable in my professional life for exceling in sales, change management, and laying down an excellent foundation from which I was able to build effective communication skills with professionals of all levels.

Posted on March 7, 2011, in Introduction, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. It is a fun and exciting field. It’s nice to see that you started this blog for the same reason I started my blog. I was trying to learn the world of EMR and wanted a place to share what I’d learned. Now it’s what I do for my job.

    The funny thing is that 5+ years later I’m still learning (even more acronyms).

    • That’s good for both of us, John! So many changes and I just read an article about research that showed stakeholders WANT updates on Privacy and Security issues. You’ll probably agree and maybe you know the answer to this, but I’ve always wondered how in the world do healthcare providers keep up with everything HIT–even just the topics relevant to them? BTW, in dialoguing with the professionals who frequent HIPAA 411, if a discussion seems to be more about EMR/EHR, I will reply privately and suggest your site. Did you see that HUGE discussion thread (and maybe there were two) on why EMRs are failing? There were hundreds of posts–and most of them were chock full of good information from highly-esteemed professionals.

  2. Hi John–Hey you should win a prize or something for being the first to comment! Do you see new acronyms to acommodate the fusion of technology and healthcare?–or do they exist and you just discover them? Oh-and good luck with your new LinkedIn group! I seem to find the most activity on HIPAA 411, but I’d like to engage in discussions that are not necessarily related to compliance.

  3. I like prizes;-)

    There’s always new acronyms. I think ACO is an example of a new acronym. Although, there’s certainly plenty of acronyms that I don’t know. Another funny thing is that I end up typing acronyms a lot of times. Then, when I talk with someone in person, it turns out that I’m pronouncing the acronym the wrong way (ie. CCHIT vs. C-CHIT)

    So far so good on the LinkedIn group. Just passed 50 members which isn’t too bad for a brand new group. We’ll see how it grows over time. Just need to drive more discussion from people I think. It will happen as more content is generated and posted to the group.

    I haven’t been in the HIPAA 411 group, but I’ll check it out now. I do prefer the EMR and technology side, but HIPAA’s a necessary evil too.

  4. Everything is very open with a really clear description of the issues.
    It was really informative. Your site is extremely helpful.
    Many thanks for sharing!

  5. Hey there! I know this is kind of off topic but I was wondering
    if you knew where I could find a captcha plugin for my comment form?
    I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having problems finding one?
    Thanks a lot!

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