32 HEALTHCARE CAREERS | 2018 | www.advanceweb.com understand the difference between a certifi- cate program and certification. Certification and/or credentialing are proof that you pos- sess core competencies and knowledge in your field. The people that this matters to are current and future employers, the public, and your peers. One major disadvantage to additional training is the cost. Many people in the healthcare field pay an unbalanced per- centage of their wages to meet CE require- ments. There is a movement by regulatory boards nationwide to transition to compe- tency exams for license/certification renewal instead of CEUs/CMEs. This would help alleviate some of the financial burden. Until this happens (and it won’t be any time soon), spend your money wisely. A good example is the growing field of dementia. The National Certification Board for Alzheimer Care (NCBAC) has CREDENTIAL Continued from page 25 AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger, is an integrated system of services designed to help people achieve optimal health. It does so by focusing on customer needs and expectations to provide accessible, comprehensive services of superior quality and value. In fact, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center is one of only nine healthcare providers in the United States who have achieved both Magnet® designation and have won the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. AtlantiCare’s Laboratory has met the standards of high quality established by the nationally recognized College of American Pathologists. AtlantiCare - we are closer than you think! Easy drive down the Atlantic City Expressway, 206 or Garden State Parkway with no traffic! One hour east of Philly, and 45 minutes south of Toms River and Medford. Current Lab Openings for both AC and Pomona Hospitals •MT/MLT Generalists ALL Shifts •Histology Technician- 2 positions- Full-time Days •Full Time Blood Bank MT- Full-time Days Jennifer Van Seters Talent Acquisition Partner Human Resources Tel: 609.407.2047 jennifer.vanseters@atlanticare.org $15kSign-On/ Retention bonus “The increased use of EHRs should improve communication across the continuum of care, but we are also dependent on the technology being available and for it to work properly in order to maximize its capabilities. If the sys- tem is out of commission, patient care may slow down to a halt.” “This can be a double whammy if you con- sider that on the front end, providers have to commit a significant portion of their clinical time documenting, often at the expense of patient-clinician interaction becoming shorter and less personal,” Agrawal said. “We have grown accustomed to and depen- dent on technology [to the point that] we can- not imagine a day at work without it,” she said. Web-based medical information can be vague and not always accurate. Electronic com- munication is not always ‘better.’ It is critical to ensure privacy and HIPAA compliance, and, often times, lack of ‘in-person’ com- munication can make it depersonalized and impact the [clinician]-physician relationship.”  Aviles suggests that clinicians try to be mind- ful of the ease with which errors can occur through quick strokes of the keyboard and to use self-control as a way of being mindful of not sending electronic messages when in a hurry, whether that be to a patient or a peer. ENHANCED EDUCATION Despite any dependency drawbacks, both Aviles and Agrawal both see technology’s ben- efits to continued education immensely valu- able from a career standpoint as well as what that means to their patients. “There is no limit to what we and our sub- sequent generation can invent and create,” Agrawal said. “We are moving towards paper- less education and the limitation of time and place is shrinking.” Aviles also sees a continued impact among those who will someday join the workforce. “Technology has positively impacted the academic setting by promoting education and research to interested recipients,” he said. “With the use of programs such as Skype and other related systems, experts can educate from distant sites and students can “shadow” more professionals in different locales. Technology is also helping clinicians with completing continuing educational sessions onsite. Today, it is difficult to find adequate time to attend courses related to our careers, and finding coverage during our absence can be nearly impossible for some professionals. Through webinars and other available technol- ogy, others can take necessary classes without leaving their office/home.” When it comes to the job market, Dr. Agrawal sees certain practices also taking on a digital flavor. “A large portion of communication, includ- ing interviewing, can occur through web- based portals, which saves resources and time while facilitating long-distance communica- tion and networking,” she said. “Also, websites [exist that] help maintain transparency in sal- ary negotiations.” Of course, this also comes with a word of caution: “As technology advances continues, we may actually see a decrease in job oppor- tunities,” Aviles said. “For example, some physicians are being replaced by systems as telehealth continues to grow. 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