Steven Katz 2-14-17

About Steven:
- He has worked for Cleveland Clinic since leaving John Carroll in 2005 and spent his first few years as a programmer/analyst working on enhancements for systems used for business functions like billing and finance.
- He then moved on to work more with vendor products and systems used in the clinical setting like medical record systems.
- He also completed an MBA in 2012 with a healthcare administration concentration and is currently continuing to work as a senior analyst with various clinical systems.

Other than getting a feel for what everyone is interested in going into professionally, Steven is hoping to keep the discussion more informal.

If you would like to view his LinkedIn page, you may find it here:

Pre-meeting Notes

Tim's Notes



1. Tips and advice for getting a job in HIT field
2. Career summary - different jobs Steve has held at Cleveland Clinic (can also be see at LinkedIn page above).
3. What is an analyst to Steve? (jack of all trades in terms of what Steve does)
4. Open Q/A

Q/A pairs:

-HIT knowledge validity? Very beneficial - terminology important

-Reason for switch to clinical systems from business systems? - fell into it - not big leap except for terminology

-Engineering degree better for the field? Bit specific

-How to utilize business minor as developer? - depends on desired job

-Experience required going into job? - basic skills from school, but learned rest in job

-HIT rise? - 3 major orgs in Cleveland so the market is there

-More flexible the better in terms of skills

-New ideas in a business as an employee? Welcomed? - depends on business size

Unanswered Questions: To be filled in if necessary (none so far)

Scribe 2: Abel's Notes

  • Steve works as a senior analyst at the Cleveland Clinic
  • Started out as an intern at Sherwyn Williams as a web developer
  • Graduated with a computer science major and went to accept a full time position at the clinic
  • Emphasizes that having a business background is crucial in any industry
  • Says that .Net developers are hot in this area
  • In addition to .Net, data analyst is pretty good skill to have
  • After working for some time at the clinic, he decided to go back and get his MBA at Cleveland state
  • Says he prefers getting his masters in MIS or computer science which would be more focused rather than MBA
  • Says an analyst in industry might have undefined roles
  • For the last few years, he has been focusing on Clinical system
  • He made a switch from the business system to clinical system
  • Why the switch? He just wanted to try something new and learn something else
  • He had no healthcare background before going on to healthcare IT.
  • Says knowing terminologies is good but not necessary
  • What are the differences between clinical system and business system?
  • Business system deals with the business functioning such as acounting, billing, insurance and the likes
  • Clinical system deals with medical records for doctors and nurses to utilize
  • There is not that much of a difference fundamentally between the two
  • Conceptually, they're both graphic user interface on top of a database.
  • PHI (Protected health information)
  • Gives out detailed explanation of how IT functions in a hospital
  • Systems that work with in-patients
  • Ambulatory or out-patient systems
  • Business systems, these are Financial, Accounting, Human resource system, Payroll system, Time tracking system and Supply chain system
  • Support system
  • Helpdesk support
  • IT infrastructure, these are Security, Networks, Cloud computing, Data warehouses, Development, Storage and Databases
  • Says he has worked his whole life in healthcare and doesn't have much experience in other fields
  • Says hospitals are chaotic and urgent and IT people are expected to deliver fast.
  • He has not worked on side projects and didn't have to present side projects when applying for a job but recommends them
  • Says there are opportunities for employees to switch around departments in the company but its not that easy
  • Clinics are more traditional and environment is not like startups where its more open
  • Says Cleveland is not like the silicon valley of healthcare but still healthcare IT is a booming field
  • He recommends to make use of online resources for applying to jobs