By Jeannette Pforr
Thinking of a career in healthcare IT? Now is a great time to consider it, as new jobs are being created every day to keep up with the demand for implementing and managing new technologies and government regulations.
It’s an exciting time to work in the healthcare industry, with so many emerging technologies and new advancements being introduced; IT has become an essential part of health systems and hospitals across the country. Healthcare IT is currently a stable market experiencing exponential growth, due in large part to the Affordable Care Act. Additionally, healthcare organizations are implementing initiatives including ICD-10, revenue cycle management, data and analytics, and mobile devices; creating new job opportunities within IT.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the healthcare sector will create 5.6 million jobs between 2010 and 2020, the largest number of jobs of all industry sectors. If you currently work in IT or are considering entering IT, now is definitely the time to consider the healthcare industry.
Currently, the most in demand healthcare IT expertise includes:
Information Security: With the implementation of EHR systems in healthcare, privacy and security has become essential to maintain secure patient data.
Data and analytics: Now that EHR systems are in place, healthcare organizations are now able to monitor and analyze the data that’s in its system and report on it.
Clinical Informatics: There are many opportunities for clinicians with an IT background, particularly in nursing informatics and process improvement, both of which are in demand.
Financial/revenue cycle: Revenue cycle management is now essential to the financial stability of a healthcare organization. The process includes managing claims, payment, and revenue generation through an integrated EHR and accounting system.
How do you enter the healthcare IT workforce?
Even with prior experience, there is a certain level of qualifications that all Healthcare IT candidates must possess. For most healthcare IT jobs, a bachelor’s degree in IT or healthcare informatics is required. There are a variety of healthcare IT certifications that are beneficial and at times required, depending on the position. Some of the top certifications include:
CPHIMS – Health Information Management System Society
CHISP – Certified Health Informatics Professional
AHIMA Certifications – American Health Information Management Association
CHIME CHCIO – College of Healthcare Information Management Executives
So whether you are thinking of a career in IT, or you are currently working in IT and want to move to the healthcare industry, this is a great time to consider a change. For more information about healthcare IT and staffing, visit our healthcare page.