HIMSS New Graduate Panel: The Advantages of Certifications and Credentials In The Job Search

September 18, 11:00am, CDT - 12:00pm, CDT

Virtual Event


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Doug Burkott, PMP, FHIMSS, Ascension Technologies (Ascension Health)

Dr. Kay Lytle, DNP, RN-BC, NEA-BC,CPHIMS, FHIMS, Chief Nursing Information Officer, Duke University Health System, Clinical Associate, Duke University School of Nursing

Axel Wirth, CPHIMS, CISSP, HCISPP, AAMIF, FHIMSS, Distinguished Healthcare Architect, Symantec Corporation

Doug is a Business Architect for Ascension Technologies. Prior to this Doug was an Engagement Manager for Sentillion, Inc, acquired by Microsoft. Prior to this he was an integration Architect for Cerner Corporation, where he worked on projects ranging from small community hospitals to large-scale international implementations.

Kay is the CNIO with Duke University Health System and a Clinical Associate for Duke University School of Nursing. She is a CPHIMS and recognized as a FHIMSS by HIMSS. She is also certified as an Informatics Nurse and as a Nurse Executive Advanced (NEA-BC) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She has spent the last 25 years working with a wide variety of clinical information systems.

Drawing from over 30 years of international experience in the industry, Axel is supporting Symantec’s healthcare customers to solve their critical security, privacy, compliance, and IT management challenges. His extensive background in the healthcare IT and medical device industries includes engineering leadership as well as strategic business development and marketing roles with Siemens Medical, Analogic Corp., Mitra Inc., Agfa Healthcare, and currently Symantec Corp.


As the industry grows and the requirements for specific roles become more complex, obtaining specialized certifications to enhance your career opportunities is vital. This panel discussion with industry professionals will help you become more prepared around certifications, careers and the industry.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify a variety of certifications and the impact they have had on the panelists' career progression
  • Examine the requirements to obtain these certifications
  • Analyze the impact of certification in your differentiation during an interview process and throughout your career advancement