If you’re thinking about starting or transitioning to a career in health information management (HIM) or health information technology (HIT), you probably have a lot of questions about what it’s like to work in the exciting medical information technology field. Do you ever wish you could walk into an HIM or HIT workplace and ask the people who work there?
Well, your wish is our command. We caught up with Mark Bakken, CEO of Nordic Consulting, and Lori Tremlett, program manager of an accountable care organization (ACO) at Dean Health, and asked them one of our burning questions:
Is there demand for HIM and HIT professionals?
Please enjoy the first installment of our video series about the real world of HIM and HIT. If you prefer to read their responses, see the transcript below.
Demand for Health Information Professionals
CEO, Nordic Consulting
Right now, there is a huge, huge demand for people that understand electronic medical records and how to configure the software and how to optimize the software, how to support the software. The supply of people that understand that stuff has not been able to keep up with demand.
Lori Tremlett, RN
ACO, Dean Health
I can say there is a huge need for people who understand data in health care. It’s kind of like gleen in health care. It’s something that is well-known and well-used in manufacturing but is just kind of moving into health care. There are similar things with data. It has become more and more important.
When I first began in health care, it wasn’t even something we talked about. You know, you just provided care, you documented your information in the record and that was that. But nowadays, everything you put into that record has meaning and can be used to improve things along the way.
So it becomes more and more important for people to understand, again, how you get the data in, how you get the data out, and then how do you present that information to have meaning and value.
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