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Healthcare IT

What they do:

Healthcare IT is the use of computer and digital technology in medical facilities to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of clinical healthcare for patients and providers. Healthcare IT can include, but is not limited to, electronic coding and billing systems, electronic medical records, and networks for digital imaging.

The two main ways of acquiring a healthcare IT position are to move from the clinical side (a clinician who moves into a health IT role) or from the IT side (an IT professional, without healthcare experience, who makes the transition into a healthcare IT role).

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree, preferably in a field related to healthcare or IT (4 years).

  • Advanced degrees such as an MBA, MSN, or MS in IT or MIS-related field are always helpful

  • If you are a clinician, it is recommended to keep your clinical licensure and certifications active and up to date.

  • If you are an IT professional, keep your IT certifications active. CISSP, CCNA, and PMP are a few technical certifications that are in high demand in Healthcare IT.  

What they make:

With demand for health IT professionals continuing to exceed the supply, the average salary in the field reached $113,269 in 2013, and the median salary was $95,000, according to a new survey from the Health Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS).  Salary levels ranged from $86,536 for those who described their positions as "staff" to $109,468 for department heads and $189,435 for executive managers.

While the 1,126 survey respondents were representative of the field, the average salary might be a bit skewed toward the high end because a greater percentage of higher-paid professionals responded to the HIMSS survey. Of the respondents, 43% were staff members with no management duties, 20% were managers, and 15% were senior managers.

Where they work:

Healthcare IT workers are employed in medical facilities.

Outlook:

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of health information professionals is expected to grow 22% from 2012 to 2022, much faster than average for all occupations.

 

Updated February 2017