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November 16th, 2016 - At HealthlinkNY, you can use your existing skills in exciting new ways. Just ask these two recent hires.

What’s a pharmacist like Mark Perry doing at a health information technology company like HealthlinkNY? The answer: plenty.

Perry is HealthlinkNY’s newest account manager, and he’s talking to providers about how much they can benefit by connecting to the HealthlinkNY Health Information Exchange (HIE). Perry should know: he was a clinical pharmacist at UHS, one of the first hospital systems to connect to HealthlinkNY. As a clinician, he knows how crucial information is. “You have to get it right 100% of the time,” he explains. “You need a complete picture of your patient.”

Rebecca Palombo was ready for a career switch after working in sales and marketing for 10 years. So, she earned a degree in health information technology. Now, she’s a HealthlinkNY help desk specialist who creates clinician user accounts, answers user questions, and solves problems. It’s a job she finds enormously fulfilling, and she says, “I feel good paying back my student loans!”

Both Perry and Palombo are riding a wave of growth in health information technology (HIT) jobs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the workforce will need 29,000 more HIT technicians by 2024, a 15% increase from the field’s 188,600 jobs in 2014. HealthlinkNY itself has filled 11 new positions in the past 12 months, and currently has five positions open, both at its Western office in Binghamton and its Hudson Valley office in Fishkill.

But a HealthlinkNY career requires more than technical skills. You need people skills as well—something that Perry acquired as a community pharmacist at Wegmans and at UHS, where he worked with physicians, nurses, and patients, often in a consultative role advising clinicians so they could choose the best medications for their patients.

Perry, who earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Creighton University, says his background and knowledge of clinical settings will help build ongoing relationships with participants—something that is essential in an ever-evolving healthcare landscape. “Healthcare is dynamic, and there will be changes,” says Perry, who joined HealthlinkNY last month. “We have to continually work with participants, and keep enhancing our product. The people part is a big part of what we do.”

Palombo graduated from SUNY Broome with a degree in HIT and joined HealthlinkNY in August. When she went back to school, Palombo expected to go into medical coding and billing. But that changed when someone from HealthlinkNY visited her class, and Palombo asked to intern with HealthlinkNY as part of her clinical practicum requirements. She was thrilled to be hired as a full time employee, and is looking forward to her second career. “You are always learning at HealthlinkNY,” she says.

For a list of current HealthlinkNY openings, visit our careers page.