Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Connelly Foundation donation helps Peirce's healthcare students stand out in the job market

SKILLED PROFESSIONALS: Our Healthcare Administration
students will be trained in technology employers are using,
thanks to a generous donation from the Connelly Foundation
Health information employers today are looking for new hires to have hands-on experience with electronic health record systems. This is driven by the growing number of electronic health records systems over hard-copy files, and applicants with the technical skills to work these systems are often preferred during the hiring process.

Many students who want to learn these technical skills find the best training is in simulated lab environments. Because of this, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) offers 'AHIMA Virtual Lab,' which is considered a benchmark in the industry for healthcare information-simulated lab instruction.

And now, Peirce College will be able to incorporate the AHIMA Virtual Lab simulation software into our Healthcare Administration program this fall, thanks to a recent generous donation of $5,000 from the Connelly Foundation. The Connelly Foundation seeks to foster learning and improve the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia area by supporting local non-profit organizations in the fields of education, health and human services, arts and culture, and civic enterprise. The Foundation values the benefits of education, and helping to facilitate it has become the cornerstone of its mission.

At Peirce, we believe gaining experience with these electronic management systems will allow our students to hone one of the most desired skills in their field today. They'll be able to work inside of health information systems, and will be proficient in the technology by the time they graduate.

And we see that the need for professionals who can accurately manage electronic health record systems has never been greater. Healthcare information professionals play a critical role in managing patient information and medical records, administering computer information systems, collecting and analyzing patient data, and using classification systems that healthcare providers rely on to deliver quality care.

Many thanks to the Connelly Foundation for this donation!