EMR and EHR Jobs

Just the other day I saw an old link to an EMR Jobs website. Of course, I’m always interested in seeing what type of EMR jobs are out there. I’m not currently looking for a new job, but I do finish my masters degree in May and so I may be looking for a new job in the EMR, EHR, Healthcare or possibly IT area soon. However, I was a little bit saddened by the list of jobs on that EMR job website. I even took a look at EMR jobs on Indeed.com to see what they had to offer. Looks like there is some decent potential there. A search on Monster for EMR jobs left me less enthusiastic.

Honestly, most of the jobs listed required specific knowledge of an EMR software. This really surprised me. Seriously, the EMR systems aren’t that different and an intense 2 days of training/playing on an EMR system and you’ll get a pretty good idea of that EMR. Certainly it makes sense to put that knowledge of the EMR is preferred, but often I think that someone without the cultural baggage of poor implementations or other biases might be better than someone with previous experience with the EMR. In fact, from a product perspective having a fresh set of eyes to give new feedback and suggestions could be incredibly valuable to a company.

In the end, I have a feeling that searching any of these job boards won’t be nearly as valuable as connecting to people you know. I guess that’s why I think this EMR and HIPAA blog could be very valuable for my career. Anyone else have advice for those looking to work in the EMR field?

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John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

John manages Healthcare IT Central, the leading career Health IT job board. He also organizes the first of its kind conference and community focused on healthcare marketing, Healthcare and IT Marketing Conference, and a healthcare IT conference, EXPO.health, focused on practical healthcare IT innovation. John is an advisor to multiple healthcare IT companies. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can be found on Twitter: @techguy.

16 Comments

  • I am new to the whole EMR world and healthcare in general (other than being a patient here and there) and have to agree that at this stage in my life I am much more excited about being new to something and getting out of my “old”, “plenty of baggage”, negative outlook career for the past 16 years and adding my fresh new ideas to the healthcare community. I WANT to learn, grow, experience and network to the best of my ability. EMR is something I believe in. And for that reason alone I know I will be successful in the industry/business.
    One last note – I also agree with your thoughts on EMR knowledge versus a specific EMR package.

  • Ron,
    Glad to see someone so excited about entering the EMR world. There are a number of opportunities out there and I think it’s just going to get bigger over time. At least at the end of the day you can say you were working towards an admirable goal. We’ll see if we can actually realize the goals and potential of EMR.

  • John and Ron,
    I am glad to see that I am not the only one extremely excited about the EMR world and healthcare IT in its larger sense. I have 40 years experience in IT services and due to a lay off am looking to transition into the EMR/Healthcare IT field, but am finding it difficult to as you stated to find opportunities to break in without prior EMR knowledge. Any advice or updates on your searches will be appreciated.

  • I was happy to find this thread as I too am interested in EMR careers though I am coming at it from a slightly different, perhaps more challenging (for me) angle. My IT experience is from behind the recruiters desk so not only would I be looking to break into the EMR field but into IT in general with an EMR focus. I have placed EMR folks in jobs but would have no idea how to go about pursuing this path myself. Any insight is appreciated.

  • Hi Eric,
    Seems like your background in recruitment could pretty quickly translate into a sales job in EMR. Most EMR companies would probably take a chance on a talented individual in EMR sales since they don’t have to pay much if you don’t make sales.

    I don’t know any other way to get experience. Show a passion and put in some long nights and weekends reading as much about the topic as possible. If you do that, then I’m pretty sure some EMR company will take a chance on you.

  • John,

    Liked your post and agree with you 100%. After 12 years as a teacher, I started my own company in Sept. 2006 and within 6 months landed my first job as an EMR implementation specialist. Great project, great pay, went on for 9 months and I couldn’t have been happier. After that project ended I was on another project, with a prestigious New York State psychiatric facility. That was a shorter term project. Pay was even better and was never happier in my life.

    Then the economic melt-down hit and I’ve been out of work for the past nine months. Have gone on a whole bunch of interviews and even with my background in implementation on specific EMR systems (Sunrise Clinical Manager and SigmaCare) they won’t hire me because I don’t have experience on their system.

    EPIC is the worst – for some reason they feel their system is so la-de-da complicated only someone certified in it can implement it, and you can’t get hired by a healthcare provider unless you’ve gone through their certification process. It took me a week to figure out Sunrise Clinical Manager and SigmaCare – it’s not rocket science, guys!

    BTW – if these systems are so complex you need previous training on them, how do they expect these healthcare practicioners in their 50’s and 60’s with no computer background to learn the system in a 4-hour training class? Doesn’t make sense.

    Kind of like Microsoft OS when it first came out – everyone bought a PC loaded with Microsoft OS and Office, sat down and taught themselves. Then Microsoft figured it could make more bucks by offering certification and training.

    All these systems are basically the same and if you can learn one, you got ’em all down.

    Keep up the contrarian attitude and just keep sending out those resumes.

  • Marc,
    Thanks for telling your story. Glad to see that someone else has shared the same experience that I had noticed myself. Kind of a sad situation I think.

    I’ll definitely plan on keeping up the contrarian attitude (where appropriate). Although, I haven’t really been sending out resumes lately. I’m always keeping an eye out, but I’m actually pretty happy with life now. We’ll see how that changes as the economy continues to change.

  • Has anyone received CCHIT certification? They now offer individual (not just systems) certifications. Do you think it will help trying to break into the EMR/EHR implementation career?

  • Ted,
    CCHIT has been doing certifications for years. The individual certs that you talk about aren’t going to happen for a while yet. They’re still in the planning stages and waiting for ONC to better define the ARRA stimulus money.

    I’m not sure the new EHR certifications will help people break intot he EMR/EHR implementation career, but EMR/EHR implemenmtion jobs will grow with all the stimulus money and increased interest in EMR/EHR.

  • Hello!
    I am taking an EHR certification program this summer.
    My question is:
    Do I need a degree (along with my certification) in order to find a job in this field?
    *Please email me with any information.

    (I don’t mind getting just an entry level position. I’m afraid they won’t consider hiring me without a degree?)

    Thanks~ Chasity_e@yahoo.com

  • Chasity,
    Depends on the job really. Although, I’ve found that healthcare does prefer a degree in most cases. The physicians and nurses are so highly educated that healthcare seems to follow that same line of thinking about education from what I’ve seen. There are some exceptions though. If you have the right experience, you can sometimes rise through the ranks into another position.

  • John,
    Thanks for the insight. I’m going into this soon. The local hospital just switched to all electronic software & one of their employees is teaching the course. So I am hoping to show some potential to possibly land an entry level position.

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