Many hospitals need IT experts to deal with electronic record systems

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If you want to get a sense of how far health information technology has come in the past decade, just listen to stories about what patients experienced back in 2003.

If you want to get a sense of how far health information technology has come in the past decade, just listen to stories about what patients experienced back in 2003.

For example, Cheryl Stephens, CEO of Community Health Information Collaborative in Duluth, Minnesota, shared one story with Healthcare IT News about a patient who recalled a visit to the endocrinologist ten years ago. The patient noticed that the doctor was keeping the records of all his patients in one small, spiral notebook. When the patient asked what the doctor would do if that notebook ever went missing, the doctor simply replied that he had his nurse take the book and copy its contents down every night.

Clearly, health IT has advanced by leaps and bounds since that time. 

"In 2003, fewer than 5 percent of hospitals in the U.S. had any form of electronic records," David Brailer, a doctor and the nation's first "health information czar" in 2004. "A smaller percentage of doctors' offices had them, probably less than 1 percent."

Now, nearly 85 percent of hospitals and 60 percent of doctors' offices use these types of records. 

Thanks to the recent boom in the Texas economy, the number of IT jobs in Houston has risen dramatically in the past several years. One of the major driving forces behind this growth is demand in the health care industry for IT experts who can help hospitals deal with their electronic medical record systems. Many hospitals have had difficulty implementing these tools, citing problems with learning how to use them, not to mention frequent errors. A Houston job agency can help match them with the professionals they need.

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