KCnext & the Kansas City Area Development Council Are Helping Tech Companies Make Their Mark




Johnson County Community College (JCCC), Health Information Systems, introduced Kaitlin Motley of KCnext and Kaiti Xouris of the Kansas City Area Development Council to approximately forty students and faculty this afternoon.  Their presentation included an overview of the workforce opportunities and recruitment trends in the Kansas City area.

Kansas City is considered to be in the midst of its “golden opportunity” to harness the momentum of the tech industry.  Its greatest asset is creative people, who do innovative things with outside the box companies.  Whether you are a specialized developer or a marketer with a tech interest, there is a need and a place for you.

One tip that you can do for finding a job or internship would be networking.  “There are tons of events going on all the time, where many companies go specifically to source talent,” said Kaitlin.  Another tip would be considering helping out a start-up company.  Kaiti stated, “Sometimes these opportunities are not paid; however, they can be great for building your portfolio.  Because start-ups are so strapped, you will often be able to wear many hats and get great experience that you might not in working for a larger corporation.”  JCCC student, Stephanie Sakoulas, mentioned she was pleasantly surprised to hear about the corporations that she didn’t even know were here in Kansas City and that the future of the IT market definitely looks on the rise.

This information session was the first this semester in a monthly speaker series hosted by the Health Information Systems department.  The next session will be on Wednesday, October 29 from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm in the Regnier Center (RC270) where Laura McCrary, Executive Director, of the Kansas Health Information Network Inc. will present.

Follow @KCnext and @ithinkKC on Twitter, as well as @JCCC_HCIS for up to date information and current topics.

You may also contact Kaitlin Motley: motley@KCnext.com and Kaiti Xouris: xouris@thinkkc.com if you have any questions.


Top 25 Employers in Kansas City


Health Information Systems is a growing career pathway, and that is especially evident in Kansas City.  The Kansas City Business Journal did a ranking of the top 25 employers in town, and 10 out of the 25 listed are Health or IT companies.  You can read more here.

Check out these organizations in your job search for Health IT positions:

HCA Midwest Health System



St. Luke’s Health System

Truman Medical Center

University of Kansas Hospital

Children’s Mercy Hospital

KU Medical Center

Carondelet Health


What is a Medical Futurist?

According to medical futurist, Bertalan Mesko, a medical futurist ‘brings disruptive technologies to medicine and healthcare and we are on board for an exploding series of changes in healthcare’.

His infographic characterizes these changes into four categories:

  • Prevent/Prepare
  • Data Input/Diagnostics
  • Therapy/Follow-up
  • Outcomes/Consequences


These innovations will affect patients or healthcare providers or a combination of both to some degree.  To read more about these trends, visit:  http://scienceroll.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/the-guide-to-the-future-of-medicine-white-paper.pdf


Healthcare Professionals are Tweeting!



If you have hesitated to use Twitter in the past, now is the time!  Using Twitter is a great way to interact with healthcare professionals, read industry news, see job postings and discuss current events.  Check out the Top 50 Healthcare Influencers to follow on Twitter.

Every day, more than 75,000 doctors, nurses, pharmacists and consultants post 152,000 tweets a day.  Healthcare professionals have posted 208 million tweets since the site’s 2006 launch.  To read the entire article from www.fiercehealthcare.com, click here!

Other great Twitter handles to follow:


Big Data…it’s kinda Big

Word Cloud "Big Data"

Expect to see more and more on the topic of Big Data in the future. I’m not at all surprised to see Dr. Karen DeSalvo, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, talk about this either.

For all practical purposes in healthcare, we have been storing huge chunks of data (and these chunks are only getting larger) for a long time now. The next logical step is to actually analyze it and see what the data has to tell us! In the last year I have seen classes spring up geared towards Big Data and new technologies specific to analyzing it. We’ve only just begun!

Expect to see health systems use this data in the future to better target given populations who may be at risk, and in some cases not even know it. Analyzing data holds great power in enabling us to add emphasis to preventative care and wellness.


Dave Lingerfelt, Assistant Professor/Chair,  Health Information Systems

Your Microchip is ready now…


Many of us would not think twice about putting a chip inside of our pet to help ensure their safety in the event they were lost. But how would you feel about having one inside of you? How would you feel about a chip that could track where you’ve been, what you’ve done and even carry information about your medical record and your bank account?

This technology might be closer than what you might think. Check out this Microchip video to learn more!


Dave Lingerfelt, Assistant Professor/Chair,  Health Information Systems


What Soft Skills are Employers Seeking?

soft skills

Great article from National Career Services.

See the full article here


This is perhaps the most common entry on person specifications for job vacancies, and for good reason. Skilled communicators get along well with colleagues, listen and understand instructions, and put their point across without being aggressive. They can change their style of communication to suit the task in hand – this can be invaluable in many different situations, from handling conflict to trying to persuade a customer of the benefits of buying your product. If you’ve got good communication skills you should be able develop constructive working relationships with colleagues and be able to learn from constructive criticism.

Making decisions

There are different styles of decision making, but the important thing is to be, you guessed it, decisive. Gathering all the important facts, seeking advice, looking at the big picture, considering alternatives, being aware of repercussions – these are all things that go into making a good decision. Things to be wary of are indecision and making snap decisions.

Showing commitment

Employers want people who are dependable, reliable, enthusiastic, and enjoy hard work. Employees that are committed need very little supervision or motivation to do their best and get the job done.


We live in rapidly changing times in the workplace, so if you’re adaptable and flexible, you’ll be able to change with the times. It’s a great asset if you are able to step outside your comfort zone and try your hand at something you haven’t done before. Employers like people who are positive, upbeat and have a ‘can-do’ attitude.

Time management

When deadlines are looming, good time management is about prioritising the most important tasks, and then deciding which actions will produce the maximum output with the minimum effort. Are you a good juggler – can you work on several different projects at once?

Leadership skills

Even if you’re not managing staff yet, leadership qualities are valued by employers. They look for people who lead by example, constantly look to improve, motivate themselves, are positive, and know when to follow instructions and when to show initiative.

Creativity and problem-solving skills

The ability to apply both logic and creativity to solve problems is highly valued by employers. If you are the kind of person who tries to see the solution as well as the problem, this will stand you in good stead.

Being a team player

A good team player has the team goals clear in their mind and works with others to achieve them. They are open and honest, and offer constructive suggestions and listen to others.

Accepting responsibility

Employers are on the lookout for people who take pride in their work, and are confident enough to put their name to it. They also respect people who can hold their hands up when things go wrong, and don’t pass the buck. Everyone makes mistakes – it’s how you react and learn from them that counts.

Ability to work under pressure

Whether you’re trying to hit a challenging deadline or an urgent job has just landed in your lap, employers want to know you can put the stress to one side and focus on the job in hand. Can you decide quickly which approach will achieve the maximum results in a short period of time, and then get the job done?