HIT (Health Information Technology) is a relatively new branch of medicine focused on digital information storage, web-based billing and reporting, and communication between patients and medical practices. This field is currently growing rapidly, so there is a wealth of new careers available for individuals with knowledge of new technologies and a passion for medical care. Here is a closer look at why skilled individuals are needed to fill jobs centered on implementing and operating these technologies within the healthcare industry.
When hospitals and medical clinics implement Electronic Health Records (EHRs), they can qualify for reimbursement programs through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Qualification for reimbursement is determined based on Meaningful Use, which is established through a series of guidelines to ensure that this technology is secure and used effectively for the purposes of the practice and its patients.
Streamlined patient care
Patient satisfaction is a top priority in current healthcare reform, and it begins with the convenient availability of healthcare information from the comfort of a patient’s own home. Plus, doctors can easily share patient information between practices, which allows for shorter visits focused more on direct doctor-patient communication. Scheduling is also made easier for patients, meaning that a higher volume of patients can be seen within a practice on a single day without compromising the quality of care.
One potential downside to EHRs is the security of financially sensitive information as well as patients’ personal health histories. Therefore, an entire field of careers is developing in HIT security to protect medical practices and provide patients with peace of mind as they see practitioners transitioning to electronic office management systems.
To get a closer look at the many career opportunities you will have with an AOS Degree in Health Information Technology, contact the New York Career Institute at (646) 461-6672. Along with programs in the healthcare field, we offer paralegal and court reporting degrees to provide the foundation for lifelong careers with a practical education.
Health Information Technology is expected to grow drastically over the next 20 years as medical practices are implementing EHRs to maintain office management and patient records over electronic mediums. Careers in HIT can range from technology focused medical assisting positions to sales of EHR systems on regional or national scales. Government agencies are also seeking professionals in HIT to manage reporting for Meaningful Use, which is necessary for government reimbursement programs that incentivize the implantation of new technology in hospitals and medical clinics.
Your work environment may be travel-based if you are employed by a government body, insurance agency, or pharmaceutical company. If you focus your career on managing and using EHR systems, however, you can expect a working environment within a hospital, small medical practice, or health clinic.
To get your HIT career started with the right education, explore the AOS in Health Information Technology program at the New York Career Institute. You can contact us for more information by calling (646) 461-6672 or visiting our website.
If you are interested in pursuing a career in healthcare, you might consider getting your degree in Health Information Technology. With a degree in this field, you can take part in the growing trend of implementing Electronic Health Records in medical practices across all specialized healthcare fields.
This short video explains the purpose of EHRs and discusses why patients benefit most from these advanced systems. Coordinating care and communicating with primary physicians has never been easier than it is with an EHR in place, so medical practices are seeking skilled individuals to work with this new technology to bring patients more convenient, accurate care.
New York Career Institute can get you on the right track toward a career in HIT with our new AOS degree program in this rapidly growing field. To get started on the admissions process for this degree, call (646) 461-6672 or visit our website today.
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