Health IT is often discussed as though it's one area of work, but like the rest of the information technology industry, health IT encompasses many different positions and job descriptions that require different skill sets. Today we're talking about two main categories of HIT jobs, or contracts for temporary workers: Implementation and Optimization of EHR systems.
Although most healthcare organizations and hospitals have now made the jump to electronic health records systems, there are still positions available for IT professionals skilled in systems administration and implementation.
EHR Implementation specialists and associates may need to configure software to an organization's specific needs, provide training to staff, serve as liaison between a hospital and vendor, maintain and test systems, or provide other IT support to a healthcare organization that is going through the early stages of EHR conversion process.
Implementation specialists are vital to an organization's smooth transition when converting from paper records to electronic or converting from one EHR vendor or system to another.
Positions in this area of health IT may require previous experience with a particular system, so if you're looking to move from healthcare to health IT and have specific system knowledge or want to test your system expertise at a different facility, implementation could be an appropriate area of specialization for you.
Optimization of EHR Systems and Use
Essentially optimization of EHR systems is anything and everything that takes place after those initial "set up" stages, when everyone from the IT staff to the doctors and clinicians are learning how to actually use the system.
Job titles in this area range from data analyst to informaticist to engineer, project manager, consultant, or even program director. Health IT professionals with strong analysis and troubleshooting skills will likely find this stage of the EHR process more interesting and rewarding than the implementation process, but there are also opportunities here for clinicians looking to step away from patient care and into a technical liason sort of role. There are also ample opportunities for IT workers interested in advancing their skill set.
While there are dozens of different areas of work within healthcare information technology, paring a search down to one of these two stages—set up and implementation or practical use and optimization—can help qualified candidates find the perfect health IT position.
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