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Comment on Workflow Quotes From 10 Percent Of 460 Open EHR Workflow Analyst Positions by chuckwebster

When I was CMIO for an EHR vendor we had users, super users, customizers (used the GUI), configurers (edited database tables), programmers, and an architect (the CTO). Many individuals, both working for us, and present in our customer organizations, spanned multiple roles. Some were users, super users, and customizers. Some were customizers, configurers, and programmers (for simple tasks). Sometimes the CTO even had to jump in and fix something that one would usually think might be beneath his pay grade (but he did it anyway). In general, those individuals who could pinch hit, on a moments notice, were consistently the most valuable and flexible when it came to dealing with emergencies and creating novel solutions to novel problems. I suspect many of the job listing reflect an implicit ideal: someone who can do everything and anything. It may be unreasonable, but I’ve certainly seen a lot of valuable pinch-hitters during the last couple decades of health IT career.

Now, re workflow. In some systems, such as workflow management systems and business process management suites, to create and edit workflow is to essentially program IT system behavior. As this tech further defuses into health IT, I suspect we’ll see more-and-more blurring of job categories. In some cases, clinician SME (subject matter experts) will indeed become essential health IT system programmers.

Just my two cents!

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