Friday, June 22, 2012

Musings on the first week

So today marks the end of my first week in the healthcare industry. Here are some musings:

  • Employee orientation is geared toward clinical staff. As non-clinical staff, a lot of it is inapplicable and boring.
  • A majority of the IT/IS systems and effort revolve around clinical and patient care, especially in this day and age of Electronic Medical Records (EMR) systems
  • I thought IT had it bad with acronyms and abbreviations. It took me two days to figure out what PRN meant as a staffing term1
  • There seems to be a much higher percentage of women in the IT department here.
  • It will take some getting used to seeing licensed pharmacists, RNs, LPNs, and CNAs on the IT department staff (they act as BAs and SMEs for the clinical systems)
  • For the last decade, I've been one of the guys with all the answers. Right now, I'm the guy with all the questions. It's an odd feeling.
  • It's VERY nice only having to worry about one application stack, and the associated data flows, instead of being a jack-of-all-trades across 20 different apps.


  1. sounds like a good first week ...

  2. For clinical staff a lot of orientation is inapplicable and most of it is boring. There are still LPNs? Welcome to healthcare. It's an interesting field, no matter your connection to it.