EMR Thoughts has had a lot of students from the Health IT Work Force Development programs coming to the site after I did my post about the HIT Pro Competency Exam. One of the most common complaints I’ve heard from these students is how do they get experience working on an EHR system. Many are even willing to work for free to gain experience and they say they can’t find anyone who will teach them.
These discussions is why I found a new Certification Program for HITECH IT Workforce Program members from iChartsMD so interesting. Certainly there is a specific EHR vendor (in this case iChartsMD) behind this certification, but depending on how they structure the program it could provide these students some first hand experiences using that EHR. For those who don’t have any EHR experience this might be a great move for them.
I also can’t help but wonder if this isn’t a great way for iChartsMD to find smart people that they can hire into their company in implementation and support roles. I’m sure many of these HITECH workforce program participants would welcome a job working for an EHR vendor. Seems like a decent win win to me.