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Continued: Staying Vital, Part 2: Don't be a tech fossil

  • Article by: KATIE HUMPHREY , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 28, 2013 - 9:18 AM

She went back to school, completing a health information technology certificate program at Normandale Community College a couple of years ago to pick up more information on electronic health records.

“I could have just sat idle, but I knew that there were some enhancements that I wanted to add to my toolbox,” she said. “You have to be open to the change.”

Also, it helps to be realistic.

Michael Smith, who works on the tech services desk at North Memorial Medical Center, answers people’s questions for a living. He went to Normandale a couple of years ago to brush up on his skills in health information technology. He also learned LinkedIn and credits the professionally focused social network with helping him land his current job. But he isn’t completely comfortable with Facebook — yet.

“Every person is different,” said Smith, 44. But he’s clearly committed to building his tech skills over time. “You don’t want to be a dinosaur.”

 

Katie Humphrey • 612-673-4758

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