Dice News Update: More Hiring in Healthcare IT?

A lot’s going on in Health IT  including more talk of hiring. And what’s the FCC’s broadband plan mean for tech jobs?

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  1. BY Shari says:

    its the same issue with law firms, they all want law firm experience with the different applications they use, but you cannot break into the law firms without it and many are not hiring entry level IT people.

  2. BY Shari says:

    its the same issue with law firms, they all want law firm experience with the different applications they use, but you cannot break into the law firms without it and many are not hiring entry level IT people.

  3. BY Rebeccah says:

    Like any other job sector, HC is a culture as well as a skill set. To fit in with the culture, you need some domain knowledge about health care systems and applications – buzzwords and lingo help, but actual knowledge is much, much better.

    Everything mentioned in the article linked to in the previous post is very true, particularly regarding risk aversion and a sense of importance and goodness of the work that is being done.

    Health Care is a huge sector, with many different IT needs. Some that come to mind include familiarity with the HL7 messaging format, data warehousing, IT security, management of image data and large quantities of information, high availability/high reliability systems with audit trails, bioinformatics, and laboratory machine interfaces. There is a big emphasis on QA, validation, and regulatory compliance….

    In addition, there are a lot of legacy systems out there, and because of rigorous validation requirements with the introduction of a new system, there is a need to integrate old and new systems reliably and seamlessly….

    As far as how can you break in? You need to get familiar with the health care industry, no question about it. If your only current encounters with the health care industry are your interviewers and your doctor, then mine your interviewers and your doctor for information that you can research further online. Find out what specifically those interviewers are looking for. Find out what software applications your doctor uses in his practice, and what its strengths and weaknesses are….

    You don’t want to start at the bottom? I don’t think there is any avoiding doing bottom-level work if you have no industry experience at all, but if you are serious about breaking into the industry, you may be able to do it on the side of your regular job, doing part-time network consulting or PC cleanup for doctors’ offices or hospitals. The technical side of IT work in health care is not that different from other places, but you need exposure to the environment, and as I said, the applications. For laboratory environments, it will be harder – you probably need to know someone….

    Rebeccah

  4. BY Rebeccah says:

    Like any other job sector, HC is a culture as well as a skill set. To fit in with the culture, you need some domain knowledge about health care systems and applications – buzzwords and lingo help, but actual knowledge is much, much better.

    Everything mentioned in the article linked to in the previous post is very true, particularly regarding risk aversion and a sense of importance and goodness of the work that is being done.

    Health Care is a huge sector, with many different IT needs. Some that come to mind include familiarity with the HL7 messaging format, data warehousing, IT security, management of image data and large quantities of information, high availability/high reliability systems with audit trails, bioinformatics, and laboratory machine interfaces. There is a big emphasis on QA, validation, and regulatory compliance….

    In addition, there are a lot of legacy systems out there, and because of rigorous validation requirements with the introduction of a new system, there is a need to integrate old and new systems reliably and seamlessly….

    As far as how can you break in? You need to get familiar with the health care industry, no question about it. If your only current encounters with the health care industry are your interviewers and your doctor, then mine your interviewers and your doctor for information that you can research further online. Find out what specifically those interviewers are looking for. Find out what software applications your doctor uses in his practice, and what its strengths and weaknesses are….

    You don’t want to start at the bottom? I don’t think there is any avoiding doing bottom-level work if you have no industry experience at all, but if you are serious about breaking into the industry, you may be able to do it on the side of your regular job, doing part-time network consulting or PC cleanup for doctors’ offices or hospitals. The technical side of IT work in health care is not that different from other places, but you need exposure to the environment, and as I said, the applications. For laboratory environments, it will be harder – you probably need to know someone….

    Rebeccah

  5. BY Tom says:

    This is for Paul, Kevin, Joel… et. al. everyone who is trying to break into HealthCare IT. Having done it I will let my secret out of the box in the hope that it will get someone out there a J.O.B. The answer… well at least one possible answer… is to take ON-LINE HealthCare courses… Not to expensive… usually under $100 per course. Well worth it. Healthcare IT is really, really different then other types of IT shops and the requirements are too… think way beyond FDA part Spec 11 and SOX stuff. So a HR or IT person needs to know that you understand the ‘lingo’.
    Oh, and don’t forget to get a yourself familiar with some of the .gov sites out there… You have to put the homework in, and yes it does pay off. At my last Position which was Healthcare many, many of the IT staff had a background in NON-Healthcare IT areas, some did not have college degrees, and at least one that I know of only had a GED. Yes, you heard me right my friend. If they can do it, if I’ve done it, so can you. Realize thou you have to knock on the doors, and you are the one that will have to go after it! Good luck, God Bless, Be Healthy and Happy.

  6. BY Tom says:

    This is for Paul, Kevin, Joel… et. al. everyone who is trying to break into HealthCare IT. Having done it I will let my secret out of the box in the hope that it will get someone out there a J.O.B. The answer… well at least one possible answer… is to take ON-LINE HealthCare courses… Not to expensive… usually under $100 per course. Well worth it. Healthcare IT is really, really different then other types of IT shops and the requirements are too… think way beyond FDA part Spec 11 and SOX stuff. So a HR or IT person needs to know that you understand the ‘lingo’.
    Oh, and don’t forget to get a yourself familiar with some of the .gov sites out there… You have to put the homework in, and yes it does pay off. At my last Position which was Healthcare many, many of the IT staff had a background in NON-Healthcare IT areas, some did not have college degrees, and at least one that I know of only had a GED. Yes, you heard me right my friend. If they can do it, if I’ve done it, so can you. Realize thou you have to knock on the doors, and you are the one that will have to go after it! Good luck, God Bless, Be Healthy and Happy.

  7. BY Jim says:

    Rebeccah, try posting to the Dice Forum and then putting the URL here. Worked for me.

  8. BY Jim says:

    Rebeccah, try posting to the Dice Forum and then putting the URL here. Worked for me.

  9. BY Darrien Clyne says:

    I am prior Military (USMC) with 14 years in IT Division, I am now in School in the Cisco Academy and would like to work in the Healthcare industry. How do I apply and get a least a interview. Thank you for looking into this matter. I could be reached at my email

  10. BY Darrien Clyne says:

    I am prior Military (USMC) with 14 years in IT Division, I am now in School in the Cisco Academy and would like to work in the Healthcare industry. How do I apply and get a least a interview. Thank you for looking into this matter. I could be reached at my email

  11. BY ddub says:

    I have vast experience in Electronic Data Interchange in the Retail industry and this seems like an interesting growth are in HealthCare. However it is proving difficult to find out how to break into Healthcare EDI – what else would the person hiring need to see on my resume?

  12. BY ddub says:

    I have vast experience in Electronic Data Interchange in the Retail industry and this seems like an interesting growth are in HealthCare. However it is proving difficult to find out how to break into Healthcare EDI – what else would the person hiring need to see on my resume?

  13. BY W.C. says:

    Personal evidence of this is that my job agent bots from two weeks ago started to return to my in-box, a remarkably high frequency of IT job opportunities within the local clinics and hospitals, as well as for other health care offices from different parts of the country ¿ that is of course, if you¿re willing to risk the relatively high expense of relocation to fill these job vacancies. The timing of this is likely a result of the landmark Health Care Bill that was signed into law, recently. They’re targeting I.T. people like me, because: I earned a government security clearance in the military, and, one of my majors was as a Pre-med student, of which gave me experience at working in medical hospitals and dental office environments. You want to break into health care I.T., you have to be willing to go back to school; med tech courses are the ticket.

  14. BY W.C. says:

    Personal evidence of this is that my job agent bots from two weeks ago started to return to my in-box, a remarkably high frequency of IT job opportunities within the local clinics and hospitals, as well as for other health care offices from different parts of the country ¿ that is of course, if you¿re willing to risk the relatively high expense of relocation to fill these job vacancies. The timing of this is likely a result of the landmark Health Care Bill that was signed into law, recently. They’re targeting I.T. people like me, because: I earned a government security clearance in the military, and, one of my majors was as a Pre-med student, of which gave me experience at working in medical hospitals and dental office environments. You want to break into health care I.T., you have to be willing to go back to school; med tech courses are the ticket.

  15. BY W.C. says:

    How to break into the I.T. health care field? . Sorry, there’s no easy way to do this. Do as I did: earn a government security clearance, and take med tech courses.

  16. BY W.C. says:

    How to break into the I.T. health care field? . Sorry, there’s no easy way to do this. Do as I did: earn a government security clearance, and take med tech courses.

  17. BY Paul Vincentq says:

    How does one break into the medical arena. I have applied for many many jobs which all want healthcare experience. But how does one get that when you have 30+ years in IT and you do not want to start at the bottom.

  18. BY Paul Vincentq says:

    How does one break into the medical arena. I have applied for many many jobs which all want healthcare experience. But how does one get that when you have 30+ years in IT and you do not want to start at the bottom.

  19. BY Hesham Dabbas says:

    Greetings,

    What this means to IT staff and how they can position themselves within this growth.

    What type of skills an IT person need to grow in order to get involved in the HC IT boom.

    Best Rgards

  20. BY Hesham Dabbas says:

    Greetings,

    What this means to IT staff and how they can position themselves within this growth.

    What type of skills an IT person need to grow in order to get involved in the HC IT boom.

    Best Rgards

  21. BY Andrea says:

    I lost my job last year with an organization that was associated with the auto industry. I found work with a company in the healthcare industry through a recruiter. They wanted my IT skills – healthcare experience was not needed. You must be looking at positions that call for specific skills in relation to healthcare. Contact a few recruiters and see what advice you can get from them.

  22. BY Andrea says:

    I lost my job last year with an organization that was associated with the auto industry. I found work with a company in the healthcare industry through a recruiter. They wanted my IT skills – healthcare experience was not needed. You must be looking at positions that call for specific skills in relation to healthcare. Contact a few recruiters and see what advice you can get from them.

  23. BY Kevin says:

    I agree. HC IT wants the HC system experience but you can never get it because they don’t want to bring someone in and have them learn their systems. That is how it seems to be in York at Wellspan anyway!

  24. BY Kevin says:

    I agree. HC IT wants the HC system experience but you can never get it because they don’t want to bring someone in and have them learn their systems. That is how it seems to be in York at Wellspan anyway!

  25. BY Kevin says:

    Exactly. how does one break into the medical arena. I have applied for many many jobs which all want healthcare experience. But how does one get that when you have 29+ years in IT and you do not want to start at the bottom.

  26. BY Kevin says:

    Exactly. how does one break into the medical arena. I have applied for many many jobs which all want healthcare experience. But how does one get that when you have 29+ years in IT and you do not want to start at the bottom.

  27. BY Joel says:

    Exaclty. I’ve got almost 25 yrs. in IT. I would love to kow how to get into the field. Healthcare is only going to get bigger.

  28. BY Joel says:

    Exaclty. I’ve got almost 25 yrs. in IT. I would love to kow how to get into the field. Healthcare is only going to get bigger.

  29. BY Jim says:

    This may not be much help, but I was fortunate to crack this problem two years ago. HC IT is first and foremost IT, which means it still needs business analysts, project managers, architects, team leads, solutions consultants and the like, and on top of that, the people to manage them. Medical records are *BIG*, and when the demand for Electronic Medical Records systems and the like really takes off, there are also going to be very large demands for the supporting infrastructure, which means a lot of network and data center related jobs. Specific to HC, relationship building skills are as important as in any industry, and perhaps a little more in HC, where (in some companies at least) there’s a strong sense of “doing good”, and hence a need for “emotional intelligence”. It’s also important to understand that HC is also very complicated and conservative compared to finance or even manufacturing. HC transactions are the stuff that goes on medical charts, not 80 byte banking deposit records. And the systems are literally all about saving lives, so there are many different stakeholder groups that need to sign off on them to reduce risk. *Lots* of meetings, so communication and facilitation skills are important. Then there are the security, privacy and regulatory compliance issues that are unique to HC. Some of these points apply to the insurance side as much as care delivery. Finally I would suggest again something that’s fairly mundane, which is to put on the “solutions consultant/process analyst” hat and study the “application suite” from the outside. What does a lab management system need to do? How does a pharmacy operate? What kind of information is needed to admit patients and make sure beds are being used optimally? How does a hospital manage a 24 hour work force? What’s the difference between in patient and ambulatory? How is a co-pay processed? None of these things are that mysterious, and if you apply yourself to learning about them, it gives you two benefits. First, you learn to talk the lingo. Second, it shows that you’re really interested in the field. Good luck! The industry is going to need you!

  30. BY Jim says:

    This may not be much help, but I was fortunate to crack this problem two years ago. HC IT is first and foremost IT, which means it still needs business analysts, project managers, architects, team leads, solutions consultants and the like, and on top of that, the people to manage them. Medical records are *BIG*, and when the demand for Electronic Medical Records systems and the like really takes off, there are also going to be very large demands for the supporting infrastructure, which means a lot of network and data center related jobs. Specific to HC, relationship building skills are as important as in any industry, and perhaps a little more in HC, where (in some companies at least) there’s a strong sense of “doing good”, and hence a need for “emotional intelligence”. It’s also important to understand that HC is also very complicated and conservative compared to finance or even manufacturing. HC transactions are the stuff that goes on medical charts, not 80 byte banking deposit records. And the systems are literally all about saving lives, so there are many different stakeholder groups that need to sign off on them to reduce risk. *Lots* of meetings, so communication and facilitation skills are important. Then there are the security, privacy and regulatory compliance issues that are unique to HC. Some of these points apply to the insurance side as much as care delivery. Finally I would suggest again something that’s fairly mundane, which is to put on the “solutions consultant/process analyst” hat and study the “application suite” from the outside. What does a lab management system need to do? How does a pharmacy operate? What kind of information is needed to admit patients and make sure beds are being used optimally? How does a hospital manage a 24 hour work force? What’s the difference between in patient and ambulatory? How is a co-pay processed? None of these things are that mysterious, and if you apply yourself to learning about them, it gives you two benefits. First, you learn to talk the lingo. Second, it shows that you’re really interested in the field. Good luck! The industry is going to need you!

  31. BY Peter says:

    I read of people, entirely male, who have 25+ years experience wanting or having applied to health related IT positions. My experience includes 18 years as an IBM systems programmer, which includes 4 years interfacing Tandem NonStop systems, HP 2000 systems, and VAX systems, through IBM 3705, 3725, NCR/Comten 3650, 3670, and 3690 NCP systems. I then turned to healthcare, and worked 14 years as a radiologic technologist in acute care and outpatient sites. Two years ago I decided to integrate my IT and x-ray experience, and went back to school. I was accepted as a temp at a major research institution, but could only function in the file room. IT will not touch me, and radiology will not touch me. It is my age, gender, and race. Healthcare is dominated by women….guys, look else where.

  32. BY Peter says:

    I read of people, entirely male, who have 25+ years experience wanting or having applied to health related IT positions. My experience includes 18 years as an IBM systems programmer, which includes 4 years interfacing Tandem NonStop systems, HP 2000 systems, and VAX systems, through IBM 3705, 3725, NCR/Comten 3650, 3670, and 3690 NCP systems. I then turned to healthcare, and worked 14 years as a radiologic technologist in acute care and outpatient sites. Two years ago I decided to integrate my IT and x-ray experience, and went back to school. I was accepted as a temp at a major research institution, but could only function in the file room. IT will not touch me, and radiology will not touch me. It is my age, gender, and race. Healthcare is dominated by women….guys, look else where.

  33. BY Jim says:

    (1 of 3) This may not be much help, but I was fortunate to crack this problem two years ago. HC IT is first and foremost IT, which means it still needs business analysts, project managers, architects, team leads, solutions consultants and the like, and on top of that, the people to manage them. Medical records are *BIG*, and when the demand for Electronic Medical Records systems and the like really takes off, there are also going to be very large demands for the supporting infrastructure, which means a lot of network and data center related jobs.

  34. BY Jim says:

    (1 of 3) This may not be much help, but I was fortunate to crack this problem two years ago. HC IT is first and foremost IT, which means it still needs business analysts, project managers, architects, team leads, solutions consultants and the like, and on top of that, the people to manage them. Medical records are *BIG*, and when the demand for Electronic Medical Records systems and the like really takes off, there are also going to be very large demands for the supporting infrastructure, which means a lot of network and data center related jobs.

  35. BY Mike says:

    I have been a developer since 1979 and 3 years years back I went back to college and got a degree in nursing (RN). While in college I worked in a hospital as a Nurse Tech for some experience. Now, I have positioned myself where I have several hospitals are competing to hire me to run their informatics departments. While you may dislike going back to school or starting “at the bottom” in healthcare, it’s something that you might have to door if you want these opportunities.

  36. BY Mike says:

    I have been a developer since 1979 and 3 years years back I went back to college and got a degree in nursing (RN). While in college I worked in a hospital as a Nurse Tech for some experience. Now, I have positioned myself where I have several hospitals are competing to hire me to run their informatics departments. While you may dislike going back to school or starting “at the bottom” in healthcare, it’s something that you might have to door if you want these opportunities.

  37. BY Arthur says:

    I have 12 years of Healthcare IT experience and have been unemployed for 5 months now. Don’t hold your breath waiting for it to happen. I think everyone is waiting for the jobs bill and the court challenges to be settled.

  38. BY Arthur says:

    I have 12 years of Healthcare IT experience and have been unemployed for 5 months now. Don’t hold your breath waiting for it to happen. I think everyone is waiting for the jobs bill and the court challenges to be settled.

  39. BY Nisha says:

    Can anyone recommend which online program to use for HC IT courses?

  40. BY Nisha says:

    Can anyone recommend which online program to use for HC IT courses?

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