Yes, I just love the New Year! After the end of last year’s holidays and all the New Year’s Eve hoopla, here we are in the first weeks of the New Year. While some folks get the post holidays blues, I have always, always loved January…maybe because since I was a little girl, I knew my “own” celebration was approaching regarding my birthday! How could I get depressed knowing more gifts, birthday cake and ice cream was on the way in just 27 more days! Now as an adult with numerous January birthday celebrations behind me (and hopefully many more to anticipate), I have additional professional reasons to say Hooray for the New Year of 2011.
It’s an exiting time to be a Healthcare IT professional. Specifically as an EMR Computer Application Systems Analyst, as I first began to journal in my “road warrior” blogs last year. Yesterday morning I had just finished tuning into a CNN TV spot about the top 2011 Jobs nationwide (for people being employed). Number five (5) from the top is Computer Systems Analyst, also in this top ten employment list are Healthcare professionals. So Wow! I knew it was time for me to get to write my first blog for this New Year 2011. Good to know I’m not the only one feeling optimistic about what’s happening now and things to come. Low and behold as the CNN TV spot ended, I turned to a couple of my email alerts and begin to read a few articles entitled ‘Cautious Optimism for 2011 on Hiring, Salary Increases, and Bonus Awards’ and ‘Canadian IT Leaders Expect Significant Increases in IT Project Needs and Contract Employment into 2011’ and a Great Story About Value of Healthcare Information – EMR and HIPAA.
So good to know about all this new IT jobs and Healthcare Information news on the TV and the Internet, but that’s not all because the most exiting news continues based on the amount of telephone calls I’ve been receiving this week by healthcare IT recruiters regarding all of the new EMR (specifically for Epic® Systems EMR applications) contract assignments and full-time job opportunities. Last year during another job recruiting ‘courting’ period, I also experienced this exciting interest in my professional capabilities. THIS YEAR THE CHOICES ARE SO MUCH MORE! I’m sure it’s reflective of the overall national, slowly but surely, economic improvement outlook. And regarding the Healthcare IT industry…I believe this most recent job openings surge has a lot to do with the whole Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs that provide a financial incentive for the “meaningful use” of certified EHR technology to achieve health and efficiency goals.
These Electronic Medical Records (EMR) Implementation job opportunities include offers for EMR hospital and ambulatory care clinics located on the West coast, the Mid-West, and the East coasts (from Florida up to New York City). With a professional profile that includes three (3) Epic® EMR Application certifications, along with six (6) years of Epic® EMR Implementation experience; full-time salaried positions offered, range from $110,000 to $130,000 yearly. Contract / Consultant positions offered, range from $85 to $100 per hour (plus expenses). These particular positions require candidates to be Epic® EMR Applications certified and experienced with building, analyzing, and optimizing clinical systems for acute and/or ambulatory care.
I have shared this brief summary of the various job/contract opportunities being offered to EMR vendor certified, Healthcare IT professionals such as myself, because so many of my blogger fans continue to respond to my most popular blog post (and this site’s most popular blog post) entitled ‘I Got Certified for Healthcare IT Jobs – You Can Too! These fans want to get Epic® EMR applications certified as well. Epic® Systems, Inc. training programs are offered exclusively to their client’s staff and/or their certified partner recruiting firm’s staff and is the only way to currently get this vendor’s EMR applications certification. What I can and have offered to my blogger fans is specific information on how I received my Epic® EMR applications certifications through Epic® and advice one could use to proceed towards a similar path to get certified as well. I wrote and posted this topic last July 2010 and the replies have continued into this year! With so much interest generated, I will now offer an hour long webinar that will provide more in-depth information my blogger fans have requested!
Please look out for upcoming information about this webinar, here at Healthcare IT Today for details (i.e. cost, dates, times, webinar outline, etc.) You will get an opportunity to register for this informational session. Thanks!