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HIMSS, Non-Profit to Bolster New Orleans’ Health IT Workforce

November 14, 2012
by Gabriel Perna
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In anticipation of its 2013 Annual Conference in New Orleans, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is teaming with BioDistrict New Orleans, a non-profit focused on economic development in one of the city's largest areas, to booster city-wide workforce health IT initiatives. The two organizations say they will work together to cater and provide resources to recognize the growing demand for skilled health IT workers in the area.

The BioDistrict is 1,500 acres spanning the downtown and mid-city areas of New Orleans. It is focused the development of the biosciences industry in New Orleans. “This new collaboration with HIMSS and BioDistrict New Orleans is positive news for our city,” New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said in a statement. “I am hopeful that this partnership will help to create new economic and workforce development opportunities in the hospitality, health IT and innovation sectors for New Orleanians.”

 “HIMSS recognizes the ongoing need for skilled health IT professionals across the country, and in BioDistrict New Orleans. Our Career Services provides an employment, education and networking center with valuable online resources and tools for current and aspiring healthcare and IT professionals. We look forward to working with BioDistrict New Orleans, before and during our upcoming annual conference in the city,” Carla M. Smith, executive vice president of  HIMSS, said in a statement.

The need for skilled health IT workers is one that has popped up across the country. Recently, in Texas, a study from researchers at the Texas State University-San Marcos found there is a huge need for HIT workers in Texas.

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