Fostering Healthcare IT Career Opportunity

Posted on February 21, 2013 I Written By

As Social Marketing Director at Billian, Jennifer Dennard is responsible for the continuing development and implementation of the company's social media strategies for Billian's HealthDATA and Porter Research. She is a regular contributor to a number of healthcare blogs and currently manages social marketing channels for the Health IT Leadership Summit and Technology Association of Georgia’s Health Society. You can find her on Twitter @JennDennard.

Around this time last year, I wrote a series of blog posts focusing on the challenges some job seekers were facing as they either transitioned from an educational program to full-time employment, or made the move into healthcare IT from another profession:

This year finds the job market a bit rosier, and expectations more clearly defined regarding what kind of experience employers are looking for, and where job seekers can find it. There seems to be more consensus than ever that healthcare IT career opportunities – whether on the provider or vendor side – can only be fostered if there is a supportive educational component behind it. School systems – from middle to university – must be on the same page as their respective region’s workforce needs.

As moderator of the recent #GAHealthIT tweetchat on this very topic, I’ve culled some of the most telling tweets that address the issues mentioned above:

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You can view the full transcript of the tweetchat at Storify.com. We covered a range of topics, but I think the first, discussed above, has relevance no matter what part of the country you live in. What skills are most valued in an employee in healthcare IT? Is clinical knowledge give more weight, or IT know how? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.