HIMSS Veterans Career Services Initiative

HIMSS Veterans Career Services

HIMSS, in collaboration with Bellevue College and the United States Department of Labor, Education and Training Administration, is committed to assisting our veteran population gain knowledge of professional development and employment opportunities within Health Information Technology (IT).  The goal of the Veterans Career Services initiative is to welcome transitioning military veterans into the health IT field - a growing and promising area for technologically-adept veterans.  

Why Health IT?

Health IT is a critical foundation for making high-quality, safe and affordable healthcare available to all Americans. Health IT can, among other things, help healthcare providers detect health concerns early, avoid medical errors, lower the cost of care, and reach patients in very remote areas of the country using telemedicine. Today’s economic realities make this occupation vital to providing improved health services to communities and to support a new and emerging Health IT marketplace.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that employment in Health IT occupations will increase by 21 percent through 2020.  As U.S. troops return home and/or transition to the civilian workforce, the potential for a successful match between growing numbers of tech-savvy veterans and the burgeoning Health IT industry sector is compelling.

VCS Blog: The Voice of the Veteran

The Voice of the Veteran

View blogs centered around the Veteran experience in the Health IT World.


Squad Leaders: Veterans Mentoring Veterans for the Transition - January 26, 2016

HIMSS16 Veteran Career Services Events & Travel Honorarium Recipients - December 8, 2015

Veterans Day 2015 - November 11, 2015

HIMSS Membership & Chapter Involvement Can Advance Your Careers - October 16, 2015

VA Launches New Programs - September 11, 2015

Ribbons to Resumes - August 28, 2015

No Judgment! - July 27, 2015

The Latest HIMSS Veterans Career Services Opportunities - July 10, 2015

Celebrating Independence! - June 26, 2015

MyCareer@VA - June 19, 2015

Culture Shock! - May 28, 2015

Importance of Planning - May 15, 2015

HIMSS15…..A party with a purpose! - April 27, 2015

What Direction is the Wind Blowing? - March 23, 2015

Health IT Careers; In Demand Now - March 20, 2015

Next Chapter... - February 23, 2015

What will you bring to the organization? - January 27, 2015

The Spirit of Giving is Alive Within Our HIMSS Chapters - January 16, 2015


New Years Resolutions - December 22, 2014

Networking through the HIMSS Veterans Career Services Initiative - December 15, 2014

Have you considered a career in Health IT Security? - October 31, 2014

Hero’s Welcome to Health IT at HIMSS15 - October 14, 2014

Do You Know Your Value? - September 25, 2014

America’s Commitments to our Veterans - September 2, 2014

What’s your first step into civilian life? - August 11, 2014

HIMSS vMentors for Veterans Looking to Join the Field of Health IT - July 28, 2014

Health IT Was Not My Original Career Goal - July 15, 2014

Closing the Gap – Veteran Unemployment and Health IT Careers - July 1, 2014

ATTENTION Soldier, Airman, Marine! - June 11, 2014

Remembering Our Vets - Memorial Day 2014

Health IT Career Assistance / Advancement

vMentor (Veteran Mentor Program)

HIMSS vMentors are military veterans and Health IT professionals with years of career experience. These industry leaders are here to guide transitioning veterans by answering questions, providing advice and sharing valuable insights and experiences.

Send us your questions today!


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Health IT Job Descriptions

Health IT 101

HIMSS HIT Employment and Career Guide

HIMSS Health IT Certifications

Get Involved – Webinars, Events, and More

Veteran Career Services Webinars

The Veterans Career Services Webinar Series will focus on topics geared for veterans and transitioning service members interested in careers in health information technology (HIT). Sessions will typically run 45-60 minutes. Interested in presenting? Please contact Maggie Van Vossen, Manager, Professional Development


Upcoming Webinars

HIMSS Veterans Career Services Webinar: Transition to Health IT: Practical Navigation
Speaker: Steve Vincent, Capt. U.S. Navy (RET), PMP, CAHIMS, Sr. Client Engagement Executive, The Informatics Applications Group, tiag

The presenter will offer first-hand advice and suggest resources to veterans finding their way into the health IT profession from both a veterans and workforce development perspective.

  • Recognize military skills and values health IT employers seek
  • Identify resources to build a health IT employment strategy
  • Systematize job readiness tasks and opportunities to form a plan resulting in employment

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
12:00 – 1:00 pm Central
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HIMSS Veterans Career Services Webinar: The Transition into the Civilian Workforce
Speaker: John Reed, Senior Executive Director, Robert Half Technology

This session will help veterans who are re-entering the workforce brush-up on job search tactics, the current hiring environment and understand their value and transferring their skills into a fulfilling career. 

  • Review the basics around navigating through the job search, resume building and interview basics.
  • Discover the hiring environment right now for professionals entering or re-entering the workforce.
  • Learn what value veterans bring to the workforce, how to parlay the skills and attributes you’ve gained into a civilian career.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
12:00 – 1:00 pm Central
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HIMSS VCS, Helping Veterans find a Career in Healthcare Information Technology

This podcast from Healthcare Tech Talk provides an overview of the HIMSS Veterans Career Services Initiative and its efforts to help veterans transition from military service to gainful civilian employment in the progressive and growing field of healthcare information technology.

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Further Your Education

Further your Health IT Education via these programs:

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Bellevue College & Health eWorkforce Consortium Programs

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Gwinnett Tech Training for In Demand Health Information Technology (HIT) Jobs. Online program and special tuition assistance for Veterans. Apply now for Summer and Fall sessions.

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Indian River State College’s Associates Degree in Health Information Technology combines healthcare and information technology as you explore coding of diagnoses and procedures; processing patient records, confidentiality, storage and retrieval health information. This program is 100% online and will provide you with the flexibility and affordability you have been looking for. Apply Now!

Kent State

Helping to connect veterans to new and lasting careers is a goal of Kent State University and HIMSS (the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society).

Lake Sumter State College

Lake Sumter State College's goal is to provide educational benefit services to eligible veterans, dependents, national guardsmen and reservists.

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The Veterans Career Transition Program at Syracuse University, is delivered at no cost to post-9/11 veterans, their spouses, and spouses of active duty military.

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The Certificate in Health (Medical) Informatics program at the University of West Florida is available at the graduate level and provides an exploration of the interdisciplinary nature of Health Informatics, with coverage of the newest technologies and concepts.

HIMSS Chapter Sponsored Veterans Career Services Scholarships

Are you a Veteran, Transitioning Service Member, Eligible Spouse or Survivor interested in a career in health IT and would like to attend HIMSS18? HIMSS Chapters are proud to sponsor these scholarships. The scholarship will cover HIMSS18 registration, airfare, lodging and honorarium. Thank you to the following chapters for participating in sponsoring the Veterans Career Services Scholarship program:

  • Austin - Texas Chapter of HIMSS
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Chapter of HIMSS
  • New York State Chapter of HIMSS
  • Oregon Chapter of HIMSS
  • Virginia Chapter of HIMSS

The HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition brings together 40,000+ health IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world. Exceptional education, world-class speakers, cutting-edge health IT products and powerful networking are hallmarks of this industry-leading conference. HIMSS18 will take place March 5 – March 9, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV.

The call for applications is now open and will close on Monday, September 25, 2017 by 11:59 pm CT. Scholarship recipients will be notified in December 2017. For more information, contact scholarships@himss.org.

Submit an Application


  • The applicant must be a veteran, transitioning service member, or military spouse/survivor.
  • The applicant must not be currently employed in the civilian HIT industry.
  • Applicant has not been a previous recipient of a HIMSS VCS travel honorarium (HIMSS15, HIMSS16 & HIMSS17).
  • The applicant should be interested in pursuing a civilian career in health IT and will be expected to attend all bi-monthly HIMSS VCS webinars.
  • The applicant must complete the informational survey to include the 500 word or less personal statement "Why attending HIMSS18 would be beneficial to me".


Please contact Maggie Van Vossen, Manager, Professional Development