Healthcare IT is one of the hottest fields right now and as the demand for qualified HIT professionals continues to increase, more people are starting to look for opportunities to break into the HIT field. Unlike some of the more established fields, healthcare IT is not something most can just major in and gain entry. There are a growing number of certifications, certificates, and master’s degree programs that can provide aspiring HIT professionals the opportunity to enter the field; however, I think most forget to consider one simple piece of advice.
In the following video, Shahid Shah from the Healthcare IT Guy blog provides some great advice on how to get started in the HIT field. Shahid’s advice is simple: go to your local hospitals/clinics and seek volunteer opportunities to learn more about the healthcare industry, insurance, clinical workflow, etc. I am a strong supporter of seeking volunteer opportunities and that’s how I got my start in the HIT field by volunteering six months at UAB Hospital in the IS department. Not only did my volunteer experience validate my interest in the HIT field it allowed me the opportunity to network for possible opportunities once I finished undergrad. Soon after graduating, I ended up working as an EMPI specialist then left to work for Cerner and the rest is history; however, my volunteer experience set me on the right path.
For aspiring HIT professionals seeking more career advice on the entering the HIT field, I recommend reading some of Shahid’s previous articles:
- How To Get A Job in healthcare IT When You Don’t Have Specific Experience
- The Realities of Getting A Job in Healthcare IT