HIMSS and BioDistrict New Orleans Collaborate

By Helen Figge
08:00 AM

Another first for HIMSS Professional Development, Career Services! HIMSS Career Services and the BioDistrict of New Orleans will formally collaborate and create career training opportunities that will support the BioDistrict’s quest to create approximately 22,000 jobs during the next eight to 10 years. The BioDistrict is committed to growing a skilled workforce and HIMSS Career Services is excited to support the various initiatives under consideration in the BioDistrict. The BioDistrict is an organization dedicated in creating a world-class biosciences research and development center with local, regional and global healthcare delivery opportunities. Through partnerships among major educational and research institutions, private companies, government agencies, and independent foundations, the BioDistrict New Orleans will create opportunities for workforce training and research needed to build a successful biosciences industry. James McNamara, President & CEO of BioDistrict New Orleans, will be overseeing these initiatives in New Orleans; HIMSS and BioDistrict New Orleans together will work towards health IT initiatives anticipated to grow in the next several years. This collaboration will focus on educational, career support and online initiatives before and during the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, which will be held in New Orleans on March 3-7, 2013.

“The synergies between the two organizations focus on career development resources offered by HIMSS, recognizing the ongoing demand for skilled health IT employees in the BioDistrict. The Bio District, Louisiana’s #1 Employment Center, encompasses 1,500 acres spanning the Downtown and Mid-City areas of New Orleans. HIMSS will work with BioDistrict to provide career development resources, through white papers, webinars and other online and career-supporting tools. This information will equip current professionals to learn grow, and advance in their health IT careers. Additional services will include the use of HIMSS JobMine job listings, online mentoring and an emerging professionals community, resources that can be used in the BioDistrict. Also available will be various HIMSS online tools for current, new and transitioning professionals who are interested in a career in health IT.

At HIMSS13, the BioDistrict will be part of the conference Career Services Institute, a full-day program on Tuesday, March 4, 2013. The Career Services Institute will feature a nationally recognized career coach and will support networking opportunities for all participants. Would you like more information on the BioDistrict?  Check out www.biodistrictneworleans.org or email jamesp@biodistrictneworleans.org.

And stay tuned for more information as it becomes available and remember...Be passionate about your career path and strive to make a difference and learn, learn…learn.  Technology is only the enabler; individuals will be the “transformers” of health IT in the years to come!