"Felita Ullah, RN, works with Brya Ratcliff, a Keiser University nursing student, as they do rounds during her practicum at Imperial Point Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale." Keeping charts and files in paper is obsolete. ¿The electronic health record is going to be required in healthcare by 2015,¿ said Gregory Ferenchak, dean of the Health Sciences Department at Broward College. The ideal candidate has a background in health or information technology, said Monica Chiarini Tremblay, an assistant professor at Florida International University. A health information degree provides the skills for managing and organizing health information data in computer systems. Chiarini said people with a nursing background are well positioned for this career field, sometimes called informatics. ¿Nursing informatists become a liaison between IT and the clinical staff. They can make more than $100,000 a year.¿ According to the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation, employment in this field is expected to rise by a 16 percent by the year 2018 in Broward and Palm Beach counties. The average entry- level salary is $36,500 in both counties. The associate in science degree, available at Palm Beach College and Broward College, costs around $6,400. The degree can be obtained in two years if enrolled full time. FIU is adding a master¿s degree and a certificate program into its curriculum.
Carey Wagner, Sun Sentinel