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  • Healthcare IT Interoperability
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    The Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education, (CAHIIM), is the only recognized accrediting body for Health Informatics. CAHIIM has independent authority in all actions pertaining to accreditation of educational programs in Health Informatics and Health Information Management.

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  • Healthcare IT Interoperability
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      Due to recent DOL rulings, any internship work performed should be an extension of a trade studied by the student. Even though the intern works from the business worksite, the work must be "similar to training which would be given in an educational environment."
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      The training is for the benefit of the student intern. The intern does not replace regular employees, but instead works under close observation of employees.
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      The employer derives no immediate advantage from the student intern's activities. In fact, "on occasion [the employer's] operations may actually be impeded."
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      The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship. The employer holds out no promise of future employment.
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      The employer and the intern both understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship.

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  • So what is a legal unpaid internship?

    "For people to be designated as interns, and not paid, Department of Labor (DOL) regulations basically stipulate that the work they do must be for their benefit, not the employer's. That means the employer cannot use interns to replace regular staff that have left the company or are on vacation. An intern's work must be similar to what he or she would get as part of an education program, and must be closely supervised by the employer. The intern must understand that she won't be paid and that the internship won't necessarily lead to a job after he or she graduates from college. "

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