The field of Health Information Technology (HIT) is always changing and requires on-going education and training. And it is the fasting growing IT sector. HIT Careers can include having skills and knowledge in electronic coding and billing systems, electronic health records (EHR) systems, networks for digital imaging, system implementation project management, data achieving and disaster recovery, informatics, and health information exchange. These career paths can be taken from the start or one can transition to them. The best ways to transition to HIT is to have a clinical background or an IT background.
Transitioning to HIT when you have a clinical background and knowledge gives you a good start to be successful. These clinical backgrounds can be from physicians to medical assistants. Available careers can include nursing informatics, clinical process improvement, or Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO).
Transitioning to HIT from and IT background can be more challenging but just as successful. Additional training, education, or certifications with focus on medical coding, clinical decisions, ICD-10, or clinical quality measures can make the transition easier. Your information technology background gives you the ability to move to system engineers, networks, and information exchange careers for hospitals or health insurance payers.
The number of openings for qualified HIT professionals far exceeds supply. A recent survey by Wanted Analytics showed that EHR training was the most sought-after skill in the healthcare market. In addition, a survey by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) found that two-thirds of member chief information officers (CIOs) who responded were experiencing HIT staffing shortages.
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Last Updated: March 20, 2013