re: How To Break Into Healthcare IT
Skills and experience are great - but having been a hiring manager in the past, the things that I always looked for were attitude, drive and organizational fit.
If you came to work in my shop, I could teach you everything that you would ever need to know - from the tech side to the decision making side to the project management side. But if you had a sour attitude or little to no drive, you weren't going to last very long.
Something else to consider is that when you're in the job search, there are people out there asking for things that don't exist (case in point was a listing that I saw in 1998 asking for someone with 5+ years of experience with Java... which happened to go public in 1995[!]) or asking for things that they don't understand the first thing about (had a phone interview with an HR person a number of years ago that asked me if I was Microsoft HCL certified - at which point I had to explain that I wasn't hardware).
If you're just entering the market - be yourself, be humble, be confident in your skills and be eager to learn... IT is always changing, and if you don't change with it, you'll get left behind.
With regards to the article - I think the choice you make in your education/training path depends a lot on where you want to go and where you envision yourself fitting into someone's organization (or where you want to take your own organization if you plan on setting out as a consultant). I think it's vitally important that you figure out where you want to go, understand clearly where you are and determine how to get from point A to point B.
Best choice, in my opinion, of getting education to enter the workforce in a position with opportunity has to be small school / community college that includes certifications and a LOT of hands-on work. If you are looking to get into management or something along those lines, university education will most likely be the direction you'll end up going, but it's still a good idea to get some basic certifications along the way.
And I have to admit, I got a good chuckle out of the article's title here - especially given all of the various healthcare IT breaches that have been occuring lately.