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Bayas was about to graduate from the University of Texas with a B.A. in Biology and with no job in sight. He applied for everything from lab research assistant to national park tour guide to manual laborer at a fish hatchery. Two hundred applications later, not one interview or offer.

Three months later, the 24-year-old landed a plum job in the Health Information Technology (HIT) field as a training specialist for an Electronic Health Record (EHR) vendor company.  How?  Bayas was accepted into the Summer Health Informatics and Health IT Professional Education Program. During the six-week program, HIT professionals came and spoke to Bayas and his classmates. He received hands-on experience working with six different EHR systems. Then Bayas went off to a three-week practicum where he saw healthcare up close and personal working at an HIT-related organization. HIT faculty worked with Bayas on everything from his resume to interview skills, and transformed him from an unmarketable job seeker to someone that received multiple job offers from several EHR companies.

 

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Health Information Exchange Laboratory Launches at The University of Texas at Austin

Health IT Exchange Lab

Students Jordan Sheehan and Allison Ray gain hands-on experience using health information exchange (HIE) software to simulate the electronic exchange of patient medical data between two virtual medical practices in Austin and Houston.

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin formally launches its Health Information Exchange (HIE) laboratory this week. This laboratory simulates the national, state and local networks that are being developed to electronically exchange medical data.

By providing physicians and hospitals with rapid, often immediate electronic access to medical information, HIEs improve the quality, safety and cost effectiveness of health care delivery. National and state health information technology organizations agree that accurate and immediate access to health information ensures that patients receive the right care from the right health care providers at the right time.

The laboratory is part of the university’s pioneering Health Informatics and Health IT Program offering a professional education program designed to “fast track” university graduates into the rapidly evolving field of health IT.

The HIE laboratory, funded by the Longhorn Innovation Fund for Technology, is a collaboration between the university’s Health Informatics and Health IT program and two major corporate HIE software vendors, Informatics Corporation of America (ICA) and Orion Health, together with two leading electronic health record companies, eClinicalWorks and e-MDs. By creating a simulated “Central Texas Regional HIE” and “North Texas Regional HIE” comprising virtual medical practices in four Texas cities using cloud computing, this laboratory models the “network of networks” designed by the Texas Health Services Authority for the State of Texas.

“This laboratory provides a unique learning experience for our students by closely simulating the actual flow of medical data between health care constituents in the real world,” said Dr. Leanne Field, director of the nine-week professional education program. “This level of hands-on training for students was identified as crucial by our health care partners that are seeking skilled, qualified Health IT professionals in the workforce. In addition, the HIE laboratory has the potential to be a valuable resource for standards-based interoperability testing and research.”

Students in the professional education program have performed numerous tests in the HIE laboratory.

“Since I am a very hands-on person, I really enjoyed working in the UT HIE laboratory,” said Angela Roberts, a fall 2012 Health IT program graduate. “I was able to see concepts we learned in class come to life in a real-world setting. I learned first-hand about breaking the privacy seal, using the electronic health record (EHR) to opt-in a patient, creating a Continuity of Care Document (CCD), and ultimately merging the test patient’s records together from eClinicalWorks and eMDs. It was an invaluable experience.”

 

 

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Positioning For a Job in Health IT

Dr. Diane Kneeland featured in NeHC’s Webinar Series – Positioning For a Job in Health IT
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Careers in Health IT

Dr. Leanne Field Featured in NeHC’s Webinar Series—Careers in Health IT
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Enabling Trusted Exchange: Governing the Nationwide Health Information Network

Enabling Trusted Exchange: Governing the Nationwide Health Information Network
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College of Natural Sciences Health IT Program Graduates New Class

College of Natural Sciences Health IT Program Graduates New Class
The College of Natural Sciences Health Informatics and Health IT Professional Education Program added 63 more qualified professionals to the rapidly growing field of health IT at its graduation ceremony July 26.
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Watson Field Longhorn Clinic

Sen. Kirk Watson and Dr. Leanne Field visit at the Longhorn Clinic during the graduation ceremony for the Health IT Certificate Program’s 2012 summer class. Photo: Alex Wang.

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HIMSS Virtual Career Fair 2012

The first ever HIMSS Virtual Career Fair, being held in the HIMSS virtual world, has now secured its lineup of speakers.  And the event promises to be like none other for virtual event career networking education and opportunities.

The demand for all types of skill sets in health IT and all levels of experience has never been greater.  So, now is the time to explore the opportunities in a health IT career path. Not only will participants at this Virtual Career Fair be able to search for employment opportunities and post open positions, but also will have the opportunity to listen to nationally recognized speakers on the various nuances of a health IT career path.  Here’s the educational line up of speakers for the VCF scheduled on May 16, 2012.

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UT Health IT to Participate in “Healthy Ideas Showcase”

The UT Health IT Certificate Program was selected to participate in the “Healthy Ideas Showcase” hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center and Seton Healthcare Family on October 7 from 9am to 2pm. The day-long event, featuring national and local health care leaders, will highlight significant progress in health professional workforce development and new models of care enabled by health information technology in the state of Texas.  Read more about this event…

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