Great Time to Be Experienced in the EMR Industry

I was reading through this blog post describing the staffing challenges that face the healthcare IT and EMR industry in the coming years. I’ve read and written quite a bit about the looming crisis in filling qualified healthcare IT and EMR jobs. However, the above blog post does a nice job of looking at it from a number of different angles. Not the least of which is the challenge of retaining staff as demand for those qualified staff members increases.

I’d love to hear more about what companies are doing to retain the good, qualified and experienced healthcare IT people in their organization.

While we’re at it, let’s hear what EMR vendors are doing to prepare for the EMR implementation/training backlog which is likely to happen. In this regard, you might read the response by SOAPware’s president to my interview question about this subject as well. I’d love to hear about other unique training and implementation models that EMR vendors are employing.

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John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of the, 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,, 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.


  • John & others,
    1. What would you define as key job skill requirements for a HealthIT professional?
    2. How would you answer the typical chicken/egg situation: how do you get EMR experience without prior EMR experience?

  • Jonathan,
    Million dollar questions.

    1. This depends on what type of job you want to do. However, what I do know is that one of the most valuable assets you can have is the ability to gain the trust and be able to communicate with both the IT people and the clinical (doctor) side. If you can bridge that gap you are incredibly valuable.

    2. No idea…lol. Interact at local EMR events so you meet people and show them your skills. Talk about how your previous job skills will carry over to healthcare. It’s a hard challenge for sure. Some of it is a little bit of luck being at the right place at the right time.

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