Trends and Career Opportunities in Health IT


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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare and social services jobs are expected to grow 24 percent from 2008 through 2018, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth in the healthcare IT industry can be attributed to many factors: Long term care of a large aging population, the need for technology to provide greater accountability for two thirds of the population at risk for heart disease due to being overweight or obese, more emphasis on preventive care and the use of technology and data to increase the quality of patient care and overall accountability. Additionally, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) bill included a section known as HITECH where entitlement funds are available (+/-$34 billion) to Medicare and Medicaid participating providers (hospitals, physicians and other providers) as an incentive to develop and improve their health information technology (HIT) capabilities, primarily in the area of electronic health records (EHRs).
The problem that many hospitals and other providers encounter in filling these jobs is the shortage of qualified, experienced health IT staff. While the federally funded training programs in 82 community colleges may help meet some of the demand, the majority of the available positions are not entry level, say consultants and CIOs.
This presentation will focus on these trends and career opportunities in health IT for professionals based on job roles, vendors technology and market transition.
Guest Speaker: Tommy Fowler, Healthcare Services at TEK Systems

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Trends and Career Opportunities in Health IT

  1. 1. Trends and Career Opportunities in Health IT We will be starting in a moment … © 2012 EHR 2.0. All rights reserved. To purchase reprints of this document, please email
  2. 2. Asha’s Background Asha Kamath is a business development & sales management professional with over 15 years of experience in diverse and highly competitive markets. She as routinely sought out new avenues ofgrowth, closed profitable sales and managedrelationships with Fortune 500 companies andgovernment agencies. She believes in the consultativesales approach to provide tactical business solutions. 2
  3. 3. Webinar Objectives • Key Trends and Career Opportunities  Market  Technology  Vendor Landscape • Career Development Options • Job Searching Tips 3 3
  4. 4. Who are we …EHR 2.0 Mission: To assist healthcareorganizations develop and implement practices tosecure IT systems and comply withHIPAA/HITECH regulations. Education(Training, Webinar & Workshops) Consulting Services Toolkit(Tools, Best Practices & Checklist)Goal: To make compliance a meaningful and painlessexperience, while building capability and confidence.
  5. 5. Tommy’s Background - Healthcare IT recruitment in software development, business analysis, project management, quality assurance and healthcare human capital management industry experience with a provider focus. - Worked with major NC health systems to assist in attracting and retaining IT talents - BA from UNC with a concentration of marketing and advertising 5
  6. 6. Acronyms1. ARRA: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act2. HHS: Health and Human Services3. OCR: Office for Civil Rights4. HIPAA: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act5. HITECH: Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act 6
  7. 7. Market Trends Long term care of a large aging population Increasing healthcare cost More emphasis on preventive care Lifestyle changes in population putting greater number of people at risk for heart disease due to being overweight or obese 7
  8. 8. The American Recovery andReinvestment Act of 2009 and HITECH 8
  9. 9. Translated Career Opportunities• 50,000 additional health IT workers are neededjust to support EHR mandatesMedical Records and Health InformationTechniciansEmployment (2010) 179,500Employment (2020) 217,300Growth percentage 21%Projected increase 37,700Health Technologists and TechniciansGrowth percentage 26% 9 US BLS, Employment Projections Program 9
  10. 10. Health Technology Trends Informatics Collaboration Mobile EHR Computing HIE 10 10
  11. 11. EMR and EHR systems 11 11
  12. 12. Health Information Exchange (HIE) 12 12
  13. 13. EHR and HIE: Required Skill Sets Project Managers Analyst Design Build Test System integratorsCredentialed vs. Certified Consultants: Number of Epic implementations current (Various technologies) Number of EHR implementations 13
  14. 14. Handheld Usage in Healthcare• 25% usage with providers• Another 21% expected to use• 38% physicians use medical apps• 70% think it is a high priority• 1/3 use hand-held for accessing EMR/EHR 14compTIA 2011 Survey 14
  15. 15. Career Opportunities in Mobile Technology - Mobile development - Project managers - Business and clinical analysts experienced in developing a mobile platform - Mobile security 15 compTIA 2011 Survey 15
  16. 16. Collaboration - Telehealth, Cloud andSocial MediaTelehealth • Market to hit $6.2 B by 2020 • Remote monitoring and connected devices • More and more patients preferCloud Computing • Medical Image Archiving • Web Hosted EHRs • Storage Needs for Collaboration 16 16
  17. 17. Career Opportunities in Telehealthand Cloud Computing • Network Engineers • Video Technology Experts • Telehealth Educators • Cloud Developers (Amazon, Google and Ruby on Rails) • Architects • Cloud Security Experts 17 17
  18. 18. US Hospitals on Social Media 1,500+ Hospitals 6000 + Hospitals 695 YouTube Channels 1264 Facebook pages 967 Twitter Accounts 1500+ Hospitals 651 LinkedIn Accounts 1116 Four Square 185 Blogs 18
  19. 19. Career Opportunities in Social Media Consumers• SM Marketing Specialist Regulators Health Coaches Wellness• Social Media Disease Mgmt. Clinical Trial Communications Recruitment PHR and Blog Writer Nurses Training Physicians Treatment & Much more• Digital Media Director Clinical Investigators Allied health pros. 19 19
  20. 20. Informatics• Pay for performance is an emerging movement in health insurance• Growing competitive pressures, and comprehensive reporting on performance and quality measures• Adoption of EHR and HIE systems 20
  21. 21. Career Opportunities in Informatics• Project Managers• Business Analysts and Data Analysts• BI Developers (Hadoop, Business Objects, Webfocus)• QA Analysts• Data warehouse developers• Data warehouse testers• Database administrators 21compTIA 2011 Survey 21
  22. 22. Vendor Landscape 22
  23. 23. Plenty of Opportunities 23compTIA 2011 Survey 23
  24. 24. Career Development Options • Community colleges • Certifications • Vendor • General • Job Sites/boards • Networking 24
  25. 25. Career Development Options Certifications • PMP • CBAP • EPIC(Various Modules) • Cisco CCNA, CCNP and CCIE • HITPro • CISSP • CISA 25
  26. 26. Career Development Options Become a Member of Associations: • AHIMA • HIMSS • AHEC 26
  27. 27. General Job Searching Tips inHealthcare Industry • Linkedin • Profile • Jobs • Groups • Consulting and Recruiting Industry • Healthcare Networking Events • Be Informed • E-mail alerts • Websites • Twitter 27
  28. 28. Online Job Trends … 28
  29. 29. Career TrackCurrent Role Transition Future Health IT Role• General IT • Volunteering • EHR Analyst Clinical Education • Project Managers Project Managers - Short-term • Compliance officers Analyst - Gradation/Masters Certification Non-profit 29
  30. 30. Key Takeaways Massive Healthcare Industry Transition Several government-funded programs available for education/training Growth in HIE and Informatics in the 3 to 5 years 30 30
  31. 31. Additional Resources Resources Section: 31 31
  32. 32. About TEKsystems TEKsystems makes it easier to get IT done, deploying the right people, the right way to achieve business targets.Our Services Include: › $2.6 billion in annual revenue Q U I C K FA C T S › Privately held company within Allegis Group, a $6.4 billion enterprise IT staffing solutions to complement in-house skills and capabilities. › 5,500+ customers, including 82% of the Fortune 500 › Achieve 30% higher client satisfaction vs. the competition › 98% client retention › 93% of clients say we help them achieve quantifiable outcomes › Over 100 locations throughout North America, Europe and Asia Strategic guidance on how to optimize IT human capital. › 4,000 full time employees › 70,000 IT consultants deployed annually › Staffing specialists speak with 100,000 IT professionals weekly › Relationship network includes 81% of the IT workforce Proven IT services designed based › Ranked by Staffing Industry Analyst s (SIA) as #1 since 2000 on thousands of insights into what works at the ground level in IT. 32
  33. 33. Upcoming Events Next Live Webinar  HIPAA/HITECH Essentials: Business Associate Requirements(10/3/2012)  Meaningful Use Risk Analysis (10/31/2012) Sign-up at Health IT Fair – Oct’ 5th at UNC Chapel Hill 33
  34. 34. Questions?E-mail: 34 34
  35. 35. Thank you!! 35 35