I am not typically a fan of clichés. However, I am going to ask you to indulge me with one that has been on my mind lately.
“You reap what you sow.”
While this cultural idiom can have a million and one applications, it seems to surface a resounding curiosity of mine in the realm of health IT: How is the current health IT landscape contributing to the knowledge, education and training of its future leaders?
Surely, we have universities, certifications, and training programs to address this concern, right? Not to mention the millions in grants given to fostering health IT leadership, as put forth by the Office of the National Coordinator’s Health IT Workforce Development Program. Though provisions are being made to educate current and future leaders in health IT, it seems as if the academic community could benefit from the overflow of relevant and actionable knowledge currently raging its way through social networks, blogs, conferences, and the industry—all of which are essential to staying in tune with the dynamic health IT market.
That said, we at HIMSS are excited to be a part of the opportunity to bridge the gap. On July 25 at 11 am – 12 pm CST, the following educators will be participating to bring the health IT community its very first #HITedu chat:
Moderating on behalf of @UWSystemeCampus: Colleen Howes, Market Research Director, UW-Extension
Participating on behalf of @HIMSS: JoAnn Klinedinst, Vice President, Professional Development, HIMSS
Participating on behalf of @UWHIMT: Brenda Tyczkowski, Academic Director, UWHIMT
We are also happy to announce that Dr. Joseph Kim, a nationally-renowned speaker, recent #HIT100 nominee, digital entrepreneur and technologist will be joining us to offer insight on the use of technology and innovation in the health IT academic arena.
The chat will focus on community and expert feedback around these four questions:
- What healthcare innovations and technologies are on the horizon that students should know about?
- What health IT trends or issues need to be tackled by the next generation of health IT professionals?
- What are the fundamental principles of a sound health IT education? Academically? Professionally?
- For professionals new to the field, what does the health IT employment landscape look like?
Who should attend?
- Students: The #HITedu chat will be a great opportunity for you to start understanding and owning your future roles in health IT.
- Emerging professionals: Sharing your stories, experience, and pain points of finding work in health IT can be valuable insight for all of the chat’s stakeholders, not to mention, be helpful for you in your path toward career fulfillment.
- Health IT experts and bloggers: Your knowledge will be the cornerstone on which this dialogue progresses, continues and flourishes. Bring your experiences and resources to offer some insight on where health IT education should be headed.
- Vendors: Although this is not a recruitment opportunity, sitting in on and sharing what your organization looks for in health IT candidates can be a valuable asset in grooming future education, and potentially, your future workforce.
A suggested tweet if you’d like to share this news with your Twitter followers:
RT @HIMSS: Upcoming, inaugural #HITedu chat on 7/25 at 11 am CT for current + future #HIT leaders. http://ow.ly/cgX5g
We very much look forward to having an array of health IT experience attend the chat! In the meantime, what stories, experiences, trends or insights might you have to share surrounding the preparation of future health IT leadership? Please share via comments below!