Interns at Harmony Healthcare IT in South Bend, Indiana, gain experience they can apply in the classroom and in the real world. The company offers an internship program where college students work directly with senior-level technicians to help healthcare providers preserve vital information from legacy patient and employee systems.
This summer, three students from Indiana University – Bloomington and one from Purdue University interned with the company as junior database and systems analysts. The students’ majors include: computer information technology, pre-med, computer science, mathematics and informatics.
They Learn A Lot and So Do We
“When we bring on an intern, we figure the best way for them to learn the role is to let them jump right in,” explains Laurie Seall, Manager of ETL & Data Services. “They love the fact that they are able to contribute from day one. They learn a lot in the time they are with us, and, we learn a lot. Often, they bring with them fresh ideas and perspectives as well as experience with new technologies.”
Harmony Healthcare IT interns contribute to the secure storage and long-term access to historical medical records. They work alongside experts at data mining, mapping, archiving and implementation to help the company’s clients reduce technical risk, IT labor and maintenance costs during the decommissioning and replacement of HIS, EHR, LIS and practice management systems as well as general accounting and HR/Payroll systems. The company’s flagship product, Health Data Archiver, makes historical data readily available to caregivers and helps to support fully-informed, proper treatment decisions.
Helping Us Advance Our Mission
While product innovation is important, interns also gain exposure to a bigger picture. The HHIT team is committed to its mission: to preserve vital information so that lives may be improved. The Health Data Archiver product and its related data availability services literally can change the course of treatment by making a comprehensive narrative available at the point of care. And, the company’s interns are heavily involved in advancing this mission.
“Our internship program has been a huge boost to my team this summer,” commented John Jonas, ETL Team Lead & Database Analyst. “Something we are always look for in employees are people who have that thirst for knowledge and people who can think outside the box. Our internship program defines who those people are and it evolves the intern’s perception of what he or she can accomplish.”
Doing Real Work and Keeping it LEAN
Harmony Healthcare IT is a LEAN organization and follows an agile software development methodology so that new product features or enhancements can be brought to market quickly. Process is what makes the team go, and, we are committed to always improving it. Interns are encouraged to identify areas to improve the company’s processes and product development.
“There are deadlines to be met and projects to complete – they’re doing real work to benefit the company,” says Tai Gunter, Database Analyst Team Lead. “Along the way, they have picked up a variety of skills in programs like Microsoft SQL Server, ETL Tools, PostgreSQL, and Heath Data Archiver. We were able to provide experiences like a tour of our offsite data center and a company outing to a South Bend Cubs baseball game. These experiences showcase our company as a leader in our industry, from technical expertise and infrastructure to an amazing company culture.”
Looking for an Internship? Drop us a Line
Harmony Healthcare IT regularly visits college campuses to meet and recruit students for internships and entry-level positions within many areas of the company including database analysts, systems analysts and marketing.
For more information, or, to submit your resume for consideration, email us.