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Opportunities to Employ Health IT Professionals

The Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) and the Ohio Health Information Partnership (OHIP) are partnering with the Ohio Community Colleges of the Midwest Consortium. We are launching a new internship program to provide OHA members with a high-quality, temporary workforce. This program delivers job ready workers that can make an immediate impact on your Health IT and Meaningful Use initiatives. Additionally, you will be able to mold these professionals for a perfect fit into your organization.  Join the statewide effort to implement electronic health records as efficiently and effectively as possible and help Ohioans find meaningful employment and grow their careers in healthcare. This is one more example of how Ohio is providing leadership in the national transformation of healthcare. 

Who are the students?

The term ‘student’ doesn’t truly fit these mid-career professionals. These students are enrolled in the Health IT certificate programs at four Ohio Community Colleges: Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Columbus State Community College, Cuyahoga Community College and Sinclair Community College. They all have applicable licenses/certifications or degrees or advanced degrees or extensive work experience in healthcare. They have an average of 10 years of work experience in either healthcare (clinical, business or HIMT) or IT fields. One third of the students have clinical licenses/certifications and work experience and many already have EHR work experience. One third has RHIT/RHIA certifications or has other Health Information backgrounds. One third has IT degrees and certifications with varied IT work experiences; some already have healthcare industry work experience.  They are educated and trained and ready to work with your organization to realize your electronic health record goals.

Midwest Community College Student Educational Background

What can they do?
Because the students have such varied educations and work experience, it is likely that your hospital or practice could receive nearly immediate benefit from their work experience and healthcare IT training. Each has invested six months of intense full-time training in one of the following: healthcare IT, EHR implementation, health information management, workflow redesign, quality improvement and project management.

Many are nurses who are looking for new career opportunities where they can use their clinical background but not in direct patient care. Many had EHR experience during their nursing careers and are now interested in practice transformation, quality improvement, EMR workflow improvements, EHR implementation support, EHR training and more.

Some have extensive IT backgrounds and are interested in using their IT educations and experience in a healthcare setting. They have networking, database design and administration, programming, systems analysis, system admin. They have degrees and certifications such as Comptia A+. Other skills and qualifications include:

  • Needs analysis, software selection, software RFP, contract negotiation
  • Vendor interface with sales, training and support
  • Workflow analysis and redesign for improvement and software implementation
  • Hardware, network specifications and purchase
  • Team building, project management
  • Meaningful Use progress tracking and reporting
  • Patient outreach and training for PHR/Portals
  • EHR training
  • Quality Improvement projects – Use EMR data for practice improvements & performance incentives
  • HIPAA & security compliance plans and tracking
  • Configure software for clinical decision support, order entry templates, reporting…
  • Health Information Exchange implementation


Opportunities to hire a Health IT Intern
The Ohio Community Colleges of the Midwest Consortium, OHA and OHIP have identified Spectrum Career, LLC as one of the staffing vendors to assist you with contract placement.  They will work with your organization to select the proper Intern or team of Interns to match your needs with the intern’s knowledge and qualifications. 

Below are brief descriptions of the six workforce roles offered by the four community colleges in Ohio. The bill rates below are estimates and may vary depending on the required screenings of your organization.

Practice Workflow and Information Management Redesign Specialists
The goal of health informatics is to improve processes, not just computerize them. This transition will require the ability to assess workflows in a practice, suggest changes to increase the quality and efficiency of care and facilitate reporting, and work with providers to implement these changes. These jobs are well-suited for people with experience in practice management or IT in a clinical setting.

Intern for Practice Workflow and Information Management Redesign Specialist: $35-45 per hour

Clinician/Practitioner Consultants
The colleges will offer programs for licensed health professionals so they can apply their specialized clinical knowledge to select hardware/software and work with vendors to ensure that clinical goals are met.

Intern for Clinical/Practitioner Consultant: $50-60 per hour

Implementation Support Specialists
Specialists will be needed to install and test health IT systems in clinical settings to ensure that the systems are easy and effective to use. The HIT Consortium will provide training for those who already have IT or information management experience from either within or outside the health care arena.

Intern for Implementation Support Specialist: $25-35 per hour

Implementation Managers
Those who have administrative or managerial experience in health or IT environments may seek additional training to oversee and manage the transition to health IT for providers.

Intern for Implementation Managers: $60-70 per hour

Technical/Software Support Staff
Providers will need ongoing support to diagnose IT problems, develop solutions and keep systems running smoothly and securely. Those with IT or information management experience may want to train for these positions.

Intern for Technical/Software Support Staff: $20-30 per hour

Trainers
The need for skilled trainers will be ongoing. Practice staff will have to be trained on new systems and upgrades. New staff will have to be trained as they come on board. IT specialists with training experience can receive instruction in the design and delivery of training programs.

Intern for Trainer: $40-50 per hour

How do I hire an Intern?
Arrangements for the hire of an intern will be made directly with Spectrum Career, LLC. This agency is in the Health IT business and have close relationships with the four community colleges in Ohio participating in the training of Health IT professionals through the Midwest College Consortium. OHA, OHA Solutions and OHIP is not affiliated with the agency.*

Contracts for Interns will be made at least three months in length. Shorter terms will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If the contract is six months in length or 1040 hours, you may choose to hire the intern for full-time employment without any buy-out fees. If you choose to hire a team of interns (more than one), you will receive a discount of at least 10% off the hourly rate for each intern. Spectrum Career will work with your hospital or practice to perform any screenings or pre-employment requirements for your organization.

For more information on Spectrum Career, visit www.SpectrumCareer.com or contact Raymond Gooch, CPC at Raymond.Gooch@SpectrumCareer.com or 877-808-8002 x501.

*Note: The contracts of Spectrum Career should be carefully reviewed by legal counsel.  OHA, OHA Solutions and OHIP are not responsible for the terms and conditions of the agency contracts.

If you wish to hire an intern directly, please subscribe to www.OHHealthJobs.com to search for candidates based on skills and experience.
 
What if I want to hire a permanent Health IT professional?
Visit the OHA job board, www.OHHealthJobs.com for more information on how to post jobs for permanent employment. For more information, contact Amy Bangert at amyb@ohanet.org or 614-221-7614.