When You Think “EHR” Do You Think . . . Teeth? Or Fido?

When You Think “EHR” Do You Think . . . Teeth? Or Fido?

Posted on 22. Jun, 2010 by in Careers, Featured, Job Seekers, Off the Beaten Path

I have been working in the Healthcare IT space for several years now, and consider myself to be quite knowledgeable about the industry.  In my role at Healthcare IT Central, I personally review and get to know each and every Healthcare IT job posting that is submitted, and work daily with both candidates and employers to help both find their “perfect match.”  I write about Healthcare IT as a workforce and career development expert for several publications, and am a passionate advocate of healthcare reform and all the potential therein.  So. . . I am almost ashamed to admit that I really never thought much about Electronic Health Record (EHR) implementations outside of the hospital/clinic environment.   But Electronic Health Records are finding their way into other healthcare realms, too – duh!

For instance, the American Dental Association (ADA) has been working hard to keep members updated on developments and to streamline the EHR adoption process. As chair of the Board of Trustees’ Electronic Health Record Workgroup, Dr. Robert Faiella, ADA 1st District trustee, has been monitoring the issue and working to keep members informed.  The ADA recently published a very insightful Q&A with Dr. Faiella about the history of EHRs in the dental community and what the future holds.  Since we’re on the topic of broadening our EHR horizons, guess what other healthcare industry will benefit from EHR adoption?  Veterinary medicine!  According to an article on EMR Consultant, “Although being required to have an EMR is not mandatory for a veterinarian, it is evident that an EMR will enhance a veterinarian’s workflow. Like physicians that are now being pushed to implement an EMR, veterinarians should take advantage of our health system that is on the brink of a revolutionary technological breakthrough. It can only better a practice and make their life and career easier.”

So other than being highly illuminating, what does this information mean for you?  More options, and more jobs!  As the scope of Electronic Health Records expands, so too will the opportunities in Sales, Business Development, Marketing, Implementation, Training, Project Management, Analytics – the list goes on and on!  Exciting, isn’t it?  Bottom line?  Healthcare IT is most definitely the place to be – whether it’s in a hospital, in a medical clinic,  at the dentist’s or at the vet’s!

Gwen Darling

Gwen Darling is a Search Executive specializing in Healthcare IT, the Founder of Healthcare IT Central (the leading online Career Center for Healthcare IT job seekers and employers), and the Editor/Founder of Healthcare IT Today. Gwen also is a featured blogger for Healthcare Informatics magazine.

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