Healthcare employers likely to hire health IT professionals

As the healthcare industry grows, so has its reliance on new forms of technology as a way to track everything from patient records to advancements in medical treatment.


This is why there is a growing need for health information technology professionals who manage and organize patient data, work with electronic medical records and work with various medical software and hardware systems.


“Careers are in high demand in health information technology since the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health was passed as a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in February 2009,” reports the Houston Chronicle. “With the HITECH Act introduction, trained health information technology professionals are in demand, with a projected increase of 30 percent each year.”


That’s good news for those jobseekers considering a new career as a health information technology professional, especially those who complete a quality-training program like the one at A-Technical College.


Susan H. Fenton, Ph.D, RHIA, FAHIMA, associate dean for academic affairs at UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics, said the 2014 Health Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) HIT Workforce Survey revealed that 74 percent of provider organizations planned to hire at least one full-time employee, and 50 percent planned to hire as many as five,” the Chronicle added.


“The future is very bright in the health information technology field,” Fenton said. “The use of mobile devices for health care is just getting started. These developments will require persons to support and manage the technology, as well as trained informaticians to protect patient privacy and use advanced analytics to turn all of the data into actionable information for clinicians. These are only a few of the looming advances.”

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