The MedZilla.com Employment Report for September 2012: National Health IT Week Kicks Off with a Record Interest in Health Related Technology Majors

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Medzilla Reports: National Health IT Week began while August Jobs Report came on the heels of a wave of figures and predictions rolling in from the two major National Conventions in recent weeks. Economic forecasters have been spending every waking moment scouring each statistic trying to gain some insight on which way the country’s economy is headed. Yet, that insight may be sitting in a nearby college classroom. Incoming freshman have shown unprecedented interest in the Science, Medical, and Bio-Medical Engineering majors this fall. (yaledailynews.com, 9/6/2012)

by Adam Solomon

This week healthcare organizations nationwide have been promoting awareness with the Seventh Annual National Health IT Week. The hope is to bring together those intimately involved in healthcare initiatives in a joint effort to educate the public as well as those creating healthcare policy regarding the importance of Health IT for the US healthcare system. There will be information provided on how the integration of technology in to the healthcare system vastly increases the quality of patient care, safety, reduces medical errors, as well as improves and actually increases the overall interaction between patients and their healthcare providers. (healthitweek.org, 9/10/2012)

“This is a great way to get everyone together a see the real difference that IT is making in the day-to-day operations out there in the field. Sometimes we get caught up in all the buzzwords, standardization, transparency and meaningful use deadlines. Here we have leaders in the industry as well as policy makers coming together to show people how the pieces fit together, not just for the facilities who have been working hard to meet these deadlines, but for the general public to see how these standards actually work for them and bring their costs down as well,” says John Burkhardt, Managing Director of Medzilla.com.

This is especially necessary as there are only two months of Economic Reports left to be released until the November election. Every eye in the Nation has been eagerly awaiting each report for assurances of economic recovery. Yet, even with the creation of nearly 100,000 jobs, the drop in the unemployment rate, and the number of discouraged workers dropping by 8,000 people, there is continued criticism that the recovery isn’t happening quite fast enough. (bls.gov, 9/7/2012) Although, the big assurance is that job cuts hit a 20 month low last month, down 12 and a half percent from last month, making it the third consecutive month to see a decline. (challengergray.com, 9/6/2012)

“Job cuts slowed significantly over the summer,” remarked John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of global outplacement consultancy firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. “There have been other signs of economic improvement, including an uptick in home prices and strong automobile sales.” According to their monthly release, the job cuts over the past three months have basically turned around the previous trend where employers in certain fields had been increasing their downsizing throughout the beginning of the year. (challengergray.com, 9/6/2012)
It seems that even with all of the changes brought about by the Affordable Healthcare Act, the country’s business and specifically the students have been adapting. Carlos A. Rodriguez, president and chief executive officer of Automatic Data Processing, Inc., a provider of business outsourcing and computing services (ADP), said: “According to this month’s ADP National Employment Report, the improvement in job creation this month is encouraging and we hope it continues across all sectors of the U.S. economy.” (adpemploymentreport.com, 9/6/2012)

This fall the incoming freshmen are the ones paying the closest attention to the country’s economic direction. According to universities across the nation, more students than ever before are showing interest in majors combining technology and medical sciences. (arkansasmatters.com, 8/31/12)

“This is even better news than the economic forecast alone. It’s clear that the economy in the US is evolving to incorporate IT. It’s been a difficult transition for both employers and employees. Technology, both the education in it and the incorporation of the physical devices, is a long term investment in the infrastructure of your company and in yourself. These students are going to have a real edge in the job market once they graduate. They are already paying attention to the changes taking place in the healthcare field as they’re happening, and moving ahead with that investment in themselves,” says Del Johnston, Manager of Client Relations at MedZilla.com.

Medzilla.com is one of the most notable and essential resources for accessing and finding healthcare, pharmaceutical, and bio-tech employment information on the internet. Their employment experts connect skilled and experienced workers with top industry employers.

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