The Reality of HIT Opportunities

This is a post from an experienced health care professional in a discussion group on LinkedIn:

 What is the future of EMR consultants? Workflow analysis consultants, Integration specialists? I have a background in the health care field to include; radiology, cardiology, womens diagnostics, neurology, and pain management. Also a degree in Management Information Systems. Seems like with the government stimulus promised, there would be an abundance of these jobs? Most positions I have seen on job sites are commission only? Advice anyone?

Her experience mirrors mine in that the positions that are advertised are commission-based and for the opportunities that do offer a salary, the organization requires experience with specific vendor products.  At the same time, the media reports research that predicts a massive shortage in HIT-qualified staff–not enough people to fill all of those positions created by the forward movement of health informatics, federal legislation and incentives. 

Here is an individual who possesses both the clinical and IT sides of HIT and is having difficulty finding opportunities.

We’re looking for insight and advice…thanks in advance!


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 April 1, 2011, in Candidates, Job Search, Networking, Questions and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Wow Julie..
    Good job with this! So much info! I posted link on facebook for my EMR/HIE friends (that have moved on to other jobs, or are still unemployed…)We have all shared in the frustration. I have several technical certifications and I am also HIPAA certified. I think the major obstacle of any EMR is security and yes, I have had training in network security also. I have read so many articles saying that there is a shortage of IT/health workers and yet I know many that are qualified and can’t find a job ….Thanks for starting this discussion….it will be interesting to see the comments..

  2. Thanks, Maureen–I have found professionals in this industry extremely helpful with a collaborative spirit. It makes me happy that I can help in some way.

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