When you think about what types of companies might be hiring HIT employees, you probably automatically think of hospitals. Maybe after another second of thought, you’ll flash on doctors’ offices. But the market for skilled HIT professionals is much broader than you may realize. There is a wide variety of businesses who need top talent like you, and as the industry continues to move toward meaningful use compliance, the market will only get hotter.
Hospitals, of course
Hospitals of every size are hiring HIT staff. And currently, there is a dearth of healthcare IT professionals in the hospital milieu, so hiring is a top priority of many hospitals. Here’s just a sample of a few hospitals that recently posted job openings:
- A 200+ bed hospital in a beach resort community in the mid-Atlantic
- A not-for-profit, rapidly expanding hospital in Maryland
- A nationally recognized and top-rated hospital in a beach community on the Atlantic coast of Florida
- A 230+ bed, full-service, acute care hospital in Northern California
Doctor offices, check
Although a few old-fashioned, pen-and-paper stalwarts would rather retire than adopt the new electronic medical record systems, most doctors’ offices are converting to achieve compliance with federal regulations to avoid penalty. As such, they also need skilled staff who can conduct the transition and guide clinicians through what can be a difficult process.
There are also plenty of academic health care systems. The difference between these and typical hospitals is the medical school affiliation, clinical trials and research programs.
For example, the recently-announced plans for a merger between Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Cadence Health are likely to result in some computer systems merging as well. Who will lead the important task of combining the data and systems of two large providers such as these? Healthcare IT professionals, of course. These providers will need staff who are well-versed in information technology to bring the data together into one functioning, useful system as well as to bring doctors, faculty and staff on board with updated IT systems.
Again, it’s the push toward meaningful use compliance that is driving an increase in the job market for medical software vendors and other computer systems and services providers. These employers range in size from tiny startups with fewer than 10 employees to corporate multinational conglomerates such as Siemens.
New jobs are opening and even entire companies are launching for every type of healthcare software. These jobs range from app developers to financial analysis programmers to patient information database analysts and developers. If you have the tech chops, now is a great time to be in this market. U.S. News and World Report even listed Software Developer as the number one best job of 2014.