As healthcare IT evolves, the number of employment opportunities expands

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In addition to creating a safer, more efficient environment for patients, the changing healthcare IT landscape is providing more employment opportunities as well. According to recruitment services website, the outlook for qualified healthcare IT professionals looks bright in 2012.

“Skilled workers are in demand because patient demand is so high,” Eric Dickerson, managing director of Dallas-based recruitment consultancy Kaye/Bassman International, said in a statement.

The adoption of healthcare IT, such as medical informatics systems, grew substantially in 2011. According to Healthcare IT News, continued investment in infrastructure and development of new technology will drive employment in the sector.

The news source reports that such developments will necessitate the hiring of more chief medical information officers (CMIOs) at many healthcare providers. Guillermo Moreno, vice president of recruitment firm Experis, told the news source that CMIOs can effectively bridge the gap between clinical practice and healthcare IT.

Another role that is likely to see continued demand in 2012 is that of chief knowledge officer (CKO).

“The CKO is someone who understands how to manage this massively growing database of information these organizations are collecting,” Moreno told the news source.

Social media experts will also become necessary for many healthcare providers. According to FierceHealthIT, several organizations are dedicating personnel to effectively manage and maintain their presence on social media platforms. Groups such as the Mayo Clinic and the Nebraska Medical Center were both cited as prime examples of healthcare providers that have incorporated social media channels into their patient outreach programs.

Experts in accountable care organizations (ACOs) and health information exchanges are also likely to be in increasing demand this year. According to National Public Radio, ACOs are set to become an integral part of the healthcare industry as many providers seek to improve the quality of patient care and reduce costs.

Medical informatics specialists are also expected to be in greater demand in 2012. A recent survey by IDC Health Insights suggests that the rate of clinical informatics adoption will reach 80 percent by 2016, creating many employment opportunities for skilled workers qualified to operate such systems.

Moreno told the news source that clinical and revenue analysts will become an increasingly important part of healthcare providers’ operations in 2012. The transition to the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases codebase will necessitate the hiring of skilled personnel who understand both the clinical and financial implications of such initiatives.

If you are interested in furthering your career in health informatics, consider enrolling in the online Master of Science in Health Informatics degree program with the University of Illinois at Chicago.