HIMSS, along with the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration, is working on a program to help fill tens of thousands of critical open HIT jobs. Yet we constantly hear very experienced I.T. people complain that they weren't hired for open positions because they weren't nurses, or lack experience with a specific health care application package. This is really unfortunate. Here is the problem and a solution.

First, the medical profession just loves degrees and credentials. It's not uncommon to see a health care professional with a half-dozen degrees, certifications, and affiliations listed behind their names - M.D., PhD., R.N., MBA, FACP, BPOE, OLB.

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