Healthcare providers are pursuing information technology professionals

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Many hospitals are seeking health information technology contractors to implement electronic health records, e-prescribing and data exchanges to help them meet meaningful use requirements that were recently set by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), The Washington Post reports.

The CMS requires healthcare providers to show how electronic health records can help hospitals give better access to complete and accurate information to their patients, while allowing individuals to take an active role in their care. If they can prove this, they can receive federal incentives.

As a result, many healthcare providers are seeking individuals who hold a health information management degree. These individuals can help hospitals and other medical centers implement a system that allows them to provide these services to the patients.

“You will see things like this in the Veterans Affairs, in the Department of Defense; Social Security needs to access this information so they can provide better benefits,” Jim Traficant, vice president of Harris Corp healthcare solutions business, told the news source. “This is the future state of connected healthcare.”

According to a 2008 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities in the health information management field are expected to increase 20 percent by 2018.