The Health IT Education Landscape – #HITsm Chat Topic

We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 10/26 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by @bigdatadavid13 on the topic of “The Health IT Education Landscape”.

As the marriage of IT and healthcare continues to evolve, the workforce has to evolve with it. Today’s health IT professional has to be able to bridge technical knowledge with clinical application, care environments and boardrooms where numbers are crunched and technological solutions are scrutinized.

As that workforce evolves, educators are working on the front end to increase the size of the talent pool and develop professionals that can handle the challenges health IT faces. But measuring their success is easier said than done.

Many of you work in settings where new graduates of health IT programs, both undergraduate and graduate, are taking on roles within your organization. In this #HITsm chat, David Rice, a writer and editor working on behalf of the University of South Florida’s graduate informatics and healthcare analytics programs will lead a discussion that looks at where educators fall short and what they should be doing to create a workforce capable of handling health IT’s biggest challenges.

Join us for this week’s #HITsm chat where we’ll discuss the topics below.

Topics for this week’s #HITsm Chat:
T1: What areas are new workers in health IT lacking skills? i.e. understanding of tools or processes, misconceptions of regulatory landscape, etc. #HITsm

T2: Are universities positioned better for developing the health IT professional than professional associations or trade schools? Or vice versa? #HITsm

T3: Have you or anyone you work with received certification from professional association or certificate provider? Was the experience worth the investment in your opinion? #HITsm

T4: Is there an area of health IT that you think educators need to focus more when developing their students? i.e. operations, workflow, real world application, regulatory and compliance, etc. #HITsm

T5: In your opinion, do educators do a good enough job of helping people transition into health IT careers from other fields such as traditional IT, cybersecurity, project management, etc? #HITsm

Bonus: What’s a lesson you’ve learned in your work that no amount of education could have taught you? #HITsm

Upcoming #HITsm Chat Schedule
11/2 – Health Tech Startups, Innovations, & Consumers – What’s the Future for HealthIT?
Hosted by Jessica DaMassa (@jessdamassa), host of WTF Health

11/9 – AI in Healthcare
Hosted by Jon White @technursejon

11/16 – Value Based Care: Successes, Challenges, and Changes
Hosted by Matt Fisher (@Matt_R_Fisher)

11/23 – No Chat – Thanksgiving Break

11/30 – The Global Impact of Health IT
Hosted by Vanessa Carter (@_FaceSA)

12/7 – TBD
Hosted by Michelle Currie (@mshlcurrie)

We look forward to learning from the #HITsm community! As always, let us know if you’d like to host a future #HITsm chat or if you know someone you think we should invite to host.

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About the author

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.