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What are you healthcare IT/technology networking recommendations?

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Richard Lowery Nashville, TN

I am trying to attain a position in the healthcare industry, as an IT or technical project manager. It is tough trying to get away from my office and get to Nashville to network and meet people that are in the healthcare industry. I have over 22 years project management experience from being in and around the Army and the government.

Now, I just want to take all of this knowledge, ability and experience and put it towards helping the healthcare industry to help people become the healthiest versions of themselves through innovative medicine. I am open to suggestions and even connecting on here and on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/richardjlowery/

7 August 2019 2 replies Networking

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Veteran

Richard Lowery Nashville, TN

Jodie,

Thank you so much for the vast amount of information that you wrote here. It will probably take a little bit to get all you stated put into some type of search plan. I actually feel bad because of not having more to say. Outstanding information!!

Richard

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Jodie Prieto-Rodriguez Pittsburgh, PA

Good Afternoon Richard:

Many IT professionals have the same difficulty in breaking away long enough from work to set themselves up for a career transition. The decentralized mobile nature of the work is a blessing and a curse I suppose.

I have worked with many Network IT leads and have noted that they network the most is at certification classes, conferences, and organization training days. Outside of School and work it is rather difficult to search face-to-face.

I recommend doing searches for "healthcare informatics" on Hospital system websites; USA Jobs, clearance jobs.net, linkedin, ziprecruiter, and indeed. The Army Reserve noted a need for an IT profession specific to healthcare and created an officer career path that commissions as a 2nd LT (with enlisted time served for pay credit). The Job is coded as a "70D".

Small health care organizations usually contract out their IT work. Medium to large systems may or may not contract. The largest organizations usually keep their own team on 24/7 operations and will have contractors "vendors" for their e-health records, specialty test IOT compatibility, and/or special projects.

I would suggest applying directly to the organization through their website careers link, social network such as linked in, or employment aggregator such as indeed.com e.g.

https://www.indeed.com/q-Clinical-Informatics-jobs.html

I've been working healthcare in various forms for over 20 years. Healthcare is big on certifications, degrees, and experience. The criteria for most employment is a degree and license (Nurse, Doc, tech, etc...), and as such... networking only goes so far. Web job application and face-to-face meetings go farther and produce greater results.

You may be interested in healthcare records e-systems development and management. Companies like Epic, Cerner, MHS, salesforce, MHS Genesis, etc... these systems present a great opportunity for development as they are becoming more and more prevalent and required by new and renovated healthcare systems by law.

I hope the advice helps. please feel free to DM me, thank you.

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