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1 Health IT Certificate Series

2 2 Why Health IT? Health information technology (health IT) makes it possible for health care providers to better manage patient care through s ecure use and sharing of health information. Health IT includes the use of electronic health records (EHRs) instead of paper medical records to maintain people's health information. The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act - office of the National Coordinator, Healthcare & Human Services coordinates this nationwide effort. Migration to Electronic Medical Records (EMR) Mandatory – Federal Mandate

3 3 Health IT Certificate Series Health Informatics – Combines healthcare, information technology and business administration. – Focuses on implementation and optimization of the information systems that support a clinical practice.

4 4 Health IT Certificate Series Bureau of Labor Statistics – Shortfall of Health IT workers through 2015 and beyond – Occupational outlook expected to increase faster than average through 2018 – Health IT workers will be in great demand as hospitals, physician offices and other health providers move to electronic medical records

5 5 What is the driving force behind Health IT? The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs provide a financial incentive for the "meaningful use" of certified EHR technology to achieve health and efficiency goals. *By putting into action and meaningfully using an EHR system, providers will reap benefits beyond financial incentives–such as reduction in errors, availability of records and data, reminders and alerts clinical decision support, and e-prescribing/refill automation. * Source: Office of the National Coordinator, Healthcare & Human Services

6 6 What is "Meaningful Use"? The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 specifies three main components of Meaningful Use: The use of a certified EHR in a meaningful manner, such as e-prescribing. The use of certified EHR technology for electronic exchange of health information to improve quality of health care. The use of certified EHR technology to submit clinical quality and other measures. Meaningful use" means providers need to show they're using certified EHR technology in ways that can be measured significantly in quality and in quantity.

7 7 Top Ten Health IT Tech trends* Preparing to create accountable care organizations, developing medical home models, expanding health information exchanges, moving forward to resolve core data infrastructure issues integrating inpatient and outpatient (especially physician office-based) information systems, making clinicians fully mobile, leveraging the intelligence in clinical IS, locking down data security and privacy, supporting continuous performance improvement, and engaging patients and families-all of these are areas of activity that need to be addressed. *Source Healthcare Informatics Magazine

8 8 Who qualifies? Health IT Certificate series is for: – Experienced Healthcare and IT professionals Not an entry level certificate – Current IT Workers Programmers/Developers IT sales/support Project Managers – Current Healthcare Workers Registered Nurses Doctors Medical Coders

9 9 No previous Healthcare or IT experience? Consider the following scenario: Step 1: Complete a basic healthcare certification such as Medical Coding (CPC) or Health Unit Coordinator (HUC). Step 2: Begin working in the healthcare industry Step 3: Seek information and volunteer opportunities on health IT related projects to gain experience, network, make yourself marketable Step 4: Obtain Health IT certification training Step 5: Look for Health IT employment opportunities in entry level positions

10 10 Entry Level Health IT positions For students new to both health care and IT Build on skills, previous training, and experience! Application Analysts Medical Software Sales Application Maintenance Clinical Document Specialists Help Desk Specialists….and more

11 11 Potential Jobs with Health IT training For individuals with previous healthcare experience (such as CPC, CCS, and RN) Clinical Software Trainer EMR Implementation Specialist Health Systems Integration Professional Practice Management and Consulting Practice Work Flow Analysis…. And more

12 12 Potential Jobs with Health IT training For individuals with previous IT experience Application Development Network Engineers Programmers Developers Database Professionals Systems Administrators…and more

13 13 Resources for Additional Information American Society of Health Informatics Management – Health Information and Management Systems Society – American Academy of Professional Coders –

14 14 Admission Instructions Complete admission application Meet with Jyo Pai, submit application and resume


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