Advancing Health IT is a Team Effort

Posted on Sep 30 2016

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In recognition of National Health IT Week, Harmony Healthcare IT (HHIT) suggests a creative way to advance health IT… teamwork.

The HHIT team realizes that to truly move the health IT industry forward, there is both an internal and external team effort required. To that end, the company engages in numerous initiatives with other health vendors to share information and ideas.

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Recently, Jim Hammer, HHIT’s VP of Product and Program Management, participated in an Expert Interview Series hosted by Practice Suite, a cloud-based medical office platform. Hammer addresses how health IT has evolved and offers his advice for healthcare organizations which may be upgrading EHR systems.

Read the full interview here.

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Annual Review Meetings for Users of The Medical Manager®

Posted on Sep 29 2016

Matt I heart HITIt’s National Health IT Week– the perfect time for a health IT firm like ours to thank its customer base and offer to help new prospects.

Long-Lasting Relationships with Users of The Medical Manager® Software
At Harmony Healthcare IT (HHIT), we have been fortunate to build long lasting relationships with many medical practices nationwide.  These practices have entrusted us to provide support services for their practice management and billing needs. HHIT provides help desk services for over 3,000 eligible professionals and users of The Medical Manager® software on a daily basis. Many of these clients have transitioned away from Greenway to HHIT because of our ability to provide solutions that work with their ever changing healthcare requirements. We allow them to work with the initial investment they made decades ago in The Medical Manager software. Unlike many other software vendors or support providers, we do not force our customers to buy the next upgrade.

The Importance of Annual Review Meetings to Stay Current and Optimize Cash Flow
At HHIT, we host “Annual Review Meetings” with our clients. These meetings provide the opportunity to keep in touch with our clients’ needs not only for today but, more importantly, for tomorrow. During these account reviews, we address any software issues clients may be facing as well as industry challenges.  Healthcare in the United States continues to change and practices are faced with more and more difficult decisions on how to run their office. Our annual review meetings formally open up the lines of communication and allow us to work together to maximize cash flow in the office. We evaluate services available for their benefit, whether it be additional EDI services, server hosting, data vaulting, appointment reminders, or other productivity-enhancing solutions.

Contact Us to Learn More About Annual Review Meetings
If your practice uses The Medical Manager software and is looking for alternative support or EDI options, contact Matt Gorski at Harmony Healthcare IT.  Matt runs lead on holding Annual Review Meetings and can certainly schedule yours or talk to you about any Medical Manager issues you may be facing.  Not ready for a one-on-one deep dive quite yet?  Then register for one of our monthly, complimentary webinars to learn more.

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Harmony Healthcare IT Packs Up to Attend Fall IUPUI Career Fair

Posted on Sep 27 2016

Ruth IUPUICollege students looking for a technical job with a growing company in a booming industry should visit Harmony Healthcare IT (HHIT) at the Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Career Connection Stem Career Fair on Thursday, September 29th at the IUPUI Career Connection building in downtown Indianapolis from 11am- 3pm.

About Harmony Healthcare IT
Since 2006, health IT analysts at Harmony Healthcare IT have extracted demographic, financial, clinical and administrative data from hundreds of healthcare providers – both ambulatory and acute. Headquartered in South Bend, Indiana, the company’s mission is to preserve vital information that will improve lives.  Harmony Healthcare IT employs experts in data extraction, migration, retention, integration and analytics to provide its clients with trusted solutions. Working with hundreds of systems, billions of records and terabytes of data, Harmony Healthcare IT — with its product, Health Data Archiver — provides clients with access to historical records.

About our Open Positions:  Business Analyst and Database Analyst
HHIT is currently seeking qualified candidates for our business analyst and database analyst positions. Both roles align with our mission of preserving vital information to save lives. Analysts work right along-side the team’s senior-level technicians to help make historical medical records readily accessible. The database analysts work with a team of data experts who focus on data mining, mapping and archiving strategies that make sense for the healthcare landscape of today… and tomorrow.

Comments from our Full-Time Hires
“It was the perfect opportunity to put the problem solving skills I had learned in college to use in a practical situation.”

“As Harmony continues to grow to meet the challenges of ransomware and cyber-security threats, I will be able to continue to sharpen my skills and become a better analyst.”

About the IUPUI Career Connection Stem Career Fair
This premiere event is a great venue for students and employers to connect. The 2015 event had 86 companies and over 700 students in attendance. Employers will be seeking students and graduates for internships, co-ops, and full-time positions.

Contact Harmony Healthcare IT
HHIT travels to local college campuses frequently, meeting new students and recruiting potential candidates for entry-level positions from all departments of the company. Are you interested in applying for one of these positions or learning more? If so, contact us.

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You’re Hired! Marketing Internship Leads to Full time Position

Posted on Sep 20 2016

Although Colleen Dalton hadn’t studied healthcare in her coursework, she spent the summer of 2015 interning for the Harmony Healthcare IT (HHIT) marketing department.  That role extended to a remote part-time position throughout her senior year until she officially joined the company as Marketing Coordinator in May of 2016, days after graduating from IU with a degree in Management and Business.

“I jumped in and worked on whatever was needed,” says Colleen. “I made hundreds of cold calls and helped manage the customer relationship management system.  This was the best way to soak up new information.”

Interns like Colleen join all facets of the organization, from administrative roles to database and systems analyst positions.  They gain practical work experience in health information technology, focusing primarily on the secure management and storage of clinical data with the company’s product, Health Data Archiver.

“We’re looking for capable students who are willing to learn from the ground up,” says Shannon Larkin, VP of Marketing & Business Development.  “By starting on the phones to generate leads, Colleen quickly immersed into a new industry.  She learned the language of our prospects and gained a solid understanding the technical workflows that support our sales and marketing efforts.  Today, she’s managing lead distribution, generating departmental metrics, posting blog content, managing our social media channels and coordinating webinar and tradeshow logistics.”

Colleen says the HHIT team makes it obvious it wants each and every employee to succeed.  “There are endless opportunities at this young and growing company,” she adds. “That makes this a great first job out of college.”

Three big things Colleen learned from her internship:

1. Reaching out for help – I knew little to nothing about health information technology when I started, so, right away, I learned it was okay to ask for help. I asked a lot of questions to make sure I fully understood my objectives. That quickly led to me managing tasks on my own.

2. Communicating well – In order to be successful in the work world, you need to be able to communicate with others. It was necessary to have an open flow of communication to make sure everyone was on the same page and things were going as planned.

3. Being a team player – I learned that even though everyone works together, we each have our own role within the organization. Some tasks may seem much smaller than others, but each is extremely important in order for the company to run smoothly.

Colleen on the future of healthcare technology
Health IT is growing by the minute. There are endless opportunities for expansion. This is a great industry to be involved in as it is something that will always be necessary.

Colleen on her career goals
As I’m pushed to explore new areas outside my comfort zone, I expand my horizons.  Right now, I appreciate the opportunity to learn and grow.  That is what will help me determine my long-term career goals.

Colleen on South Bend as a place to live and work
Besides my time at IU, I have lived in South Bend since the day I was born. My mom owns a breakfast restaurant downtown, so, I’ve grown up with a great appreciation for this community. I enjoy South Bend.  There are always familiar faces and lots of ways to get involved.

Talk to us!  Are you looking for an internship or full-time position in healthcare IT?  Let’s get the conversation started. Contact us and we’ll be in touch.

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Harmony Healthcare IT Seeks Candidates at IU Bloomington Career Fair

Posted on Sep 07 2016

IU Career Fair 2015College students seeking a job where they will gain valuable experience in a database or systems analyst position should visit Harmony Healthcare IT (HHIT) at the Indiana University Bloomington, Fall Career Fair from 11am – 4 pm on Thursday, Sept. 8th at the Bloomington Convention Center.

HHIT, based in South Bend, offers an internship program where college students work directly with a deep bench of senior-level technicians to help healthcare delivery organizations preserve vital information from legacy patient and employee software applications.  Working with products like Health Data Archiver, interns are exposed to how a medical record archive plays a critical role in improving health care by providing a comprehensive patient narrative to clinicians when it’s needed.

Comments from recent interns:

“I’ve had such a great experience being an intern at Harmony Healthcare IT. The people here love to help me learn and push me toward new opportunities.”

This internship has opened me up to so many future opportunities and it is so worth it.”

“I learned so many new things, including: networking with the people you know and stepping out of your comfort zone. Before this experience, I had little knowledge of healthcare information technology.”

IU Career Fair 15HHIT regularly visits college campuses to meet with and recruit students for internships and entry-level positions within many areas of the company. In fact, three IU-Bloomington students recently completed summer internships. Read more about the experiences of Jacob Beauchamp, Giovanna Schulte and Allison Sroda.

Ready to talk to us about a position or submit your resume?  Contact us.

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The Internship Experience at Harmony Healthcare IT: Giovanna Schulte

Posted on Aug 25 2016

GioGiovanna (Gio) Schulte is a sophomore biology major at Indiana University in Bloomington. She plans to become a dentist or eye doctor who may someday rely on electronic medical records to help treat her patients. This summer, she served as a junior systems analyst intern at Harmony Healthcare IT.

“I really enjoyed my time here,” shared Gio who learned about the internship from a company employee. “I learned how to extract and import data among several other things. I’m thankful for this internship because I learned so many new things, including: networking with the people you know and stepping out of your comfort zone. Before this experience, I had little knowledge of healthcare information technology.”

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, the company is committed to always improving it. Interns are welcomed to participate in all areas of the organization and contribute toward the company’s processes, product development and positive corporate culture.

As part of the Systems Analyst Team, Gio helped with data intake and validation, but also helped the team leaders analyze the operations, which led to some process improvements.

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“Gio has been a tremendous help. She’s a very quick learner and very thorough in her work. She keeps her head down and focuses through anything she’s asked to complete,” shared Darryl Mais, Systems Analyst Team Lead. “We’ve had some very sizable data projects and having her on-board has helped us complete these initiatives in a much more effective manner.”

Gio’s advice for other students about the value of an internship?
An internship is a great opportunity to learn and experience what a real career might be like.

Does an experience similar to Gio’s interest you? People with talent like Gio’s are on our radar, we would love to meet you. Please contact us to learn more about our intern program at Harmony Healthcare IT.

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The Internship Experience at Harmony Healthcare IT: Tim Wang

Posted on Aug 24 2016

TimTim Wang, a Computer Information Technology graduate student at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, is a world traveler who is focused on big data, machine learning, network engineering, virtualization technology, robotic operating systems and network security. He met Harmony Healthcare IT (HHIT) representatives at a campus Career Fair and spent this summer as a junior database analyst intern in South Bend.

“The people here are outstanding and the experience has been very meaningful,” says Tim. “From the very first day, I tried to learn about every aspect of HHIT, such as project life cycles, project management methodologies, the scale of services, etc.  This organization is dynamic as functional teams work with each other efficiently and closely.”

Tim leaned on his technical skills in SQL scripts, MS SQL Server, Open-sourced Db and server side technology like vSphere suites backed by VMware and tried to learn more details utilized during the development process.  He says he also learned a lot of practical skills and business philosophy from his HHIT colleagues.

Interns at Harmony Healthcare IT gain hands-on experience beginning on their first day. Interns work directly with real data in a production-style environment. There are deadlines to be met, so interns do real work and gain key technical skills while learning more about teamwork in the process.

“Tim has a great working knowledge of SQL and ETL processes. He has great problem solving skills and tenacity when working through some of our hardest database structures to date,” comments Tai Gunter, Database Analyst Team Lead. “Tim also has a wide array of knowledge around security and IT infrastructure. These are skills that will certainly benefit anyone lucky enough to have Tim on their team in the future.”

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What does Tim see for the future of healthcare information technology?
I think there will be more healthcare related technologies invented as people expect a better healthcare environment in the next couple decades.”

What advice does Tim have for other students about the value of an internship?
The value of an internship is invaluable. It is a precious opportunity to learn real workplace and practical skills. It will open a window for you to observe the industry. My advice for other students is to try your best to get involved in the internship and to get some suggestions from your supervisor and other full time employees.”

Are you skilled in problem solving and willing to work hard? If so, we would love to talk to you. We are constantly looking for candidates with skills like Tim’s. For more information about our intern program, please contact us.

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The Internship Experience at Harmony Healthcare IT: Jacob Beauchamp

Posted on Aug 17 2016

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Jacob Beauchamp has his eye on solving big problems one day, especially in the areas of machine learning, data science, high-performance computing or block chain technology. Beauchamp, a Computer Science major and Mathematics minor at Indiana University – Bloomington, spent the summer gaining real-world experience as a junior database analyst at Harmony Healthcare IT (HHIT) in South Bend, Indiana.

“The experience has been great,” shared Beauchamp, who first discovered Harmony Healthcare IT at an IU Career Fair.  “I’ve learned a lot about databases. Like the company’s website says; ‘we get data, literally and figuratively.’ I feel like I ‘get’ data a lot more now. As database analysts, we’re literally reverse engineering a large part of the applications our clients give us – this all comes from an immersion into the raw data and only a brief use of the application’s interface. Through this I’ve had the chance not only to learn to write complex queries but to actually develop using T-SQL, PL/pgSQL and even Python.”

Harmony Healthcare IT interns get practical work experience on an innovative team that focuses on the secure storage and long-term access to vital medical records through its Health Data Archiver product. Importantly, the interns also are exposed to the bigger picture of how a medical record archive plays a critical role in improving patient care by providing a comprehensive narrative at the point of care.

“Jacob provided a great deal of coding knowledge which we utilized to develop efficiencies around our project process,” shared John Jonas, ETL Team Lead & Database Analyst. “Having those additional skillsets mixed in with learning our project process typically leads to a lot of original thought and innovation. Something we always look for in employees are people like Jacob who have that thirst for knowledge and who can think outside the box. Regardless of whether the individual returns to us to work full-time, our program helps students become more mature about their career and what they can to do with it.”

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What does Jacob envision for the future of healthcare technology?
“There’s a huge need and opportunity for personalized medicine. The only way efforts in this direction will succeed is through data aggregation and analysis. I’ll let the algorithms give a number, but I think there’s a high probability that we’ll see improvements in and standardization of data collection, storage, and availability — as well as security – for use in clinical research and treatment.”

What advice does Jacob have for other students seeking an internship?
“An internship is really what you make it. The organization might have you do one thing, but remember to think outside the box. If you want to learn or get experience in something specific – a certain programming language for example – find ways to use that thing to solve a problem the company is having. I expressed my desire to do some development to the team leads at HHIT and constantly looked out for opportunities where I could use and enhance my coding skills. I found many and the team leads were really generous in facilitating those efforts.”

This fall, Beauchamp heads into his junior year at IU as part of the Cox Scholars Program where he will be working under David J. Crandall, Ph. D. in the IU Computer Vision Lab, researching cutting edge technologies including machine learning and big data.

Beauchamp is making strides toward his goal of solving big problems.

Do you have some of the same interests or aspirations as Jacob? If so, we’d love to meet you. We’re always on the lookout for driven students like Jacob who are looking for work experience. Contact us to learn more about our intern program.

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The Internship Experience at Harmony Healthcare IT: Allison Sroda

Posted on Aug 16 2016

AllisonAllison Sroda loves technology — and now the healthcare industry — after completing a junior database analyst summer internship at Harmony Healthcare IT.  She currently is a senior majoring in Informatics with a cognate in Business and a minor in the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University (IU) in Bloomington.

“Technology is very fascinating and I am hopeful for what the future may hold. I think technology and healthcare working together will bring great things and I want to be a part of that,” explains Allison who is a member of the Women in Computing Club (WIC) and Women Empowering Success in Technology (WESiT) at IU.

Harmony Healthcare IT interns gain practical work experience on a team that focuses on the secure storage and long-term access to vital medical records. Interns work alongside experts to learn more about data mining, mapping and archiving.  The goal is to help healthcare organizations reduce technical risk, IT labor and maintenance costs during the decommissioning and replacement of applications such as hospital, laboratory and practice management systems; electronic health records, enterprise resource planning software, and general accounting and human resource/payroll systems.

“Allison has gained vast experiences in databases, extract/transform/load (ETL) processes, technical infrastructure, and medical records management,” comments Tai Gunter, Database Analyst Team Lead. “With these skills, I am confident she will excel in a similar position after completing her education.”

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 company’s product, Health Data Archiver, and related data availability services literally could change the course of patient treatment by providing a comprehensive, historical narrative available at the point of care. And, the company’s interns are involved in advancing the mission.

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Allison’s thoughts on the HHIT company culture:
I’ve had such a great experience being an Intern at Harmony Healthcare IT. Everyone is very welcoming and excited to work together. The people here love to help me learn and push me toward new opportunities. My co-workers are constantly checking on me and always offer an open door for any questions. I truly feel comfortable going to anyone and asking for help. This company puts their customers’ needs first no matter what and they always do the right thing.

Allison’s thoughts on lessons learned this summer:
This was my first full time job so I will take with me the experience of working with others on a team toward a goal for the customers. There are so many steps and people a project must go through in order to get the end result and it is cool being part of something where every step and person counts.

Allison’s advice for other students about the value of an internship?
Getting an internship is very important. Not only does it give you the experience of what a real full time job feels like, but it also opens you up to many networking opportunities or even a future job where you intern. It can help give you guidance and skills to take you where you want to go. I learned a lot about what I like to do and what I am good at through my internship at Harmony Healthcare IT. It has opened me up to so many future opportunities and it was so worth it.

Are you looking for the kind of work experiences Allison got? We’d love to talk to you. We’re always seeking highly-motivated, self-starting students like Allison to work with our team. Contact us to learn more about our intern program.

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Interns Jump In and Thrive at Harmony Healthcare IT

Posted on Aug 15 2016

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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.”

GIF2Harmony 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.

TimandAllisonDesk“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.

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