The Next IT Push: Electronic Health Records

Healthcare
IT should be a good place for careers in the coming years, especially
between 2011 and 2015. That’s when the industry will start to see the
results of $20 billion in government funding allocated for
health information technology under President Obama’s $787 billion stimulus package, according to an estimate from the Congressional Budget Office.

One area in particular is worth looking into: Electronic Health
Records, also known as EHRs. Only 9 percent of U.S. hospitals currently
have EHRs, found a survey by the New England Journal of Medicine. The
survey, sent to hospitals in March 2008 and based on responses from
2,900 U.S. hospitals, found most institutions only have basic
electronic systems, such as for reporting patients’ lab results.

EHRs essentially replace a patient’s paper file and may be safer to
use, doing things like alerting doctors for drug interactions and the
like. Advocates say EHRs also reduce spending from unnecessary testing
and help doctors spot trends in their medical practice.

But others argue it won’t be an easy transition for the industry to
make, citing the "cost and complexity of installing the systems and
building data networks required to share information electronically
between doctors’ offices and hospitals."

Easy or not, EHRs aren’t going to happen without more technical folks to put them in place.

— Sonia Lelii

13 Responses to “The Next IT Push: Electronic Health Records”

  1. B. Henry

    I have already looked into switching industries and getting into Healthcare IT. Like any other industry, those hiring want candidates who already have Healthcare IT experience (software and/or facility). What can I do to help with this transition? Please forward related / additional Healthcare IT information to me or point me to where I can find it. Thank You.

  2. Mary Johns

    I would be interested in info about how to obtain the HIM or HRM certificates and then what certifications would be needed to break into this field.

  3. Tomez DeSilva

    I have already looked into switching industries and getting into Healthcare IT. Like any other industry, those hiring want candidates who already have Healthcare IT experience (software and/or facility). What can I do to help with this transition? Please forward related / additional Healthcare IT information to me or point me to where I can find it.

    I want to ramp up educationally to take advantage of The Next IT Push: Electronic Health Records.

    Can you provide any guidance as to government funding for re-education and or training.

    Thank you.

  4. Su Iles

    I am an IT worker with health care background. At least here in Michigan, there seems to be no real opportunities for EHR work. Doctors offices cannot afford it – neither the extra software costs nor the time nor extra staff to enter the data (the doctors will of necessity continue to take paper notes while with the patient). Only the big hospitals are doing electronic records and they already have staff. Same with vendor packages – no one is doing additonal hiring. So please tell me if I’m missing something.

  5. I am working on a software EMR and billing application to the Long Term Healthcare segment of the industry. Does anyone have any ideal of the percentage of this industry that is currently using EMR?biling?

  6. Marty Johnson

    I am a Sr. IT Professional-Computer Systems Analyst/Engineer-Software Engineer. I have looked into switching industries & getting into Healthcare IT.
    Those hiring want candidates who already have Healthcare IT experience-software or facility. How can I make this transition? Please forward additional Healthcare IT information to me or show me where I can find information on getting qualified for this EHR IT field.
    I am particularly interested in EMR systems for small independent physicians.