HIMSS Veterans Career Services Initiative

HIMSS Veterans Career Services

HIMSS is committed to assisting our veteran population gain knowledge regarding professional development and employment opportunities within the health information and technology industry.  The goal of the Veterans Career Services initiative is to welcome transitioning military veterans into the health information and technology field - a growing and promising area for technologically-adept veterans.  

Why Health Information and Technology?

Health information and technology is a critical foundation for making high-quality, safe and affordable healthcare available to all Americans. Health information and technology 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 information and technology marketplace.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that employment in health information and technology occupations will increase by 15 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.  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 information and technology industry sector is compelling.

VCS Blog: The Voice of the Veteran

The Voice of the Veteran

View blogs focused on the Veteran experience regarding health information and technology.

2015

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

2014

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 Information and Technology Career Assistance / Advancement

vMentor (Veteran Mentor Program)

HIMSS vMentors are military veterans and health information and technology 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!

Additional Resources

HIMSS JobMine

Military to Civilian Resume Tips

Health IT Job Descriptions

Health IT Body of Knowledge

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. Sessions will typically run 45-60 minutes. Interested in presenting? Please contact Mara Daiker, Director, Professional Development.

Please check back for more information on upcoming webinars!

Podcasts

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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Get Involved with HIMSS

HIMSS Membership
Discover how to become a member of HIMSS, including breakdowns of the different individual membership types and benefits.

Join a HIMSS Local Chapter
Local Chapters represent the grassroots of HIMSS. Learn how to get involved!

HIMSS Chapter Sponsored Veterans Career Services Scholarships

The call for scholarship applications is now open and will close on Monday, September 10, 2018 at 11:59 pm CT. Scholarship recipients will be notified in November 2018. For more information, contact scholarships@himss.org

Submit An Application 

Are you a Veteran, Transitioning Service Member, Eligible Spouse or Survivor interested in a career in health information and technology and would like to attend HIMSS19? HIMSS Chapters are proud to sponsor these scholarships. The scholarship will cover HIMSS19 registration, airfare, lodging and honorarium.

Thank you to the following HIMSS Chapters for sponsoring the Veterans Career Services Scholarships to HIMSS19:

  • Virginia Chapter of HIMSS

Meet the HIMSS18 Veterans Career Services Scholarship Recipients

Criteria

  • The applicant must be a veteran, transitioning service member, or military spouse/survivor.
  • The applicant must not be currently employed in the civilian health information and technology industry.
  • Applicant has not been a previous recipient of a HIMSS VCS travel honorarium.
  • The applicant should be interested in pursuing a civilian career in health information and technology 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 HIMSS19 would be beneficial to me".
 

Questions?

Please contact Mara Daiker, Director, Professional Development