To say that the IT revolution has changed healthcare would be an understatement. It has completely transformed this sector. The coalition of the healthcare sector with the rising technology makes it more mobile, responsive, and agile while keeping patients at the center. Another substantial advantage of the induction of IT in the healthcare industry is the streamlining of the process of diagnosis as well as the care of patients.

With the continuing growth of the sector, a lot of new jobs are being created. The new jobs, however, are unlike the old ones. These require not only an in-depth knowledge of healthcare but also demand a good understanding of IT. The new tools, digital pieces of equipment, and data repository necessitate the need for skilled professionals. The emerging fields such as telemetry, on the other hand, seek experts who hold specialization in handling specific equipment. There are a lot of opportunities in this extensively evolving digital industry.

The New Healthcare Technology Jobs

The advent of technology has not only altered the processes and how the industry functions, but it has also opened doors for a pool of newer job opportunities to map with the growing digital needs. As per a report by the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, the total job opportunities in the healthcare sector would rise from the current 14% to 24% by the end of 2024. There would also be a 61% rise in global hiring by the healthcare industry!

What are the various Healthcare IT jobs that will soon reign the world? Let’s take a look –

  1. Reconstructive Surgery 3D Printing Specialist

There is asharp increase in the use of 3D printers and the corresponding applications. From the traditional implants of orthopedic to the organoids devised from the living cells for testing of drugs – the applications are endless. There is also work being done on how 3D printers can print new skin to help in replacing the burnt skin of victims. To achieve all this, the healthcare industry would look out for a specialist that excel in using this technology.

  1. Clinical Documentation Scribes

Today doctors find clinical documentation as one of the most painstaking and time-consuming tasks. Various applications of Natural Language Processing and the AI have shown the capability to automate this process and save a lot of time for doctors. However, to make the most of this, skilled professionals are needed to proofread the data as fed by Robots. The documentation provided must be precise and accurate and relying totally on the robots might not be recommended.

  1. Manager of the Virtual Hospital

Telemedicine, a technology that facilitates communication between healthcare providers and patients located at different locations, is positively impacting the healthcare industry.  It has revolutionized the way care is administered in remote areas. A telemedicine network also called as a virtual hospital by CHI Franciscan Health offers a range of services such as medical checkups, remote monitoring, and patient assessment. Very soon, we will see many more such hospitals coming up which will need people to manage those seamlessly. 

  1. Electronic Medical or Health Record (EMR, EHR) Development and Maintenance Specialists

Electronic health records have dramatically transformed the way hospitals work. Ensuring data integrity, implementation of the technological system and patient portals, providing optimal data usage, all these things are possible because of EHR. Unsurprisingly, it has a great future in the healthcare industry. It opens up a lot of opportunities for professionals who are experts in the assessment and maintenance of the same. 

  1. Health Informatics Director

Healthcare industry generates a large amount of data. When analyzed, this data can present useful insights that can help hospitals in optimizing their operations and provide better patient care. Hospitals have started deploying tools that gather the data from various internal as well as external systems. The Health Informatics Director is a new position that is typically handled by a subject matter expert who uses data and analytics to identify opportunities for process improvement in a hospital.

  1. Clinical Application Trainers

The Clinical Application Trainers are the Healthcare IT professionals who work with end users to help them effectively use new technology applications. They work with doctors, nurses, and clinicians and assist them in using the systems. As new technologies get implemented at a rapid speed in hospitals, it means that the doctors and nurses need to understand and use those, but at the same time, it should not hamper their pace of work. That’s where the Clinical Application Trainers come into the picture who assist in effective change management. They help the clinicians make changes in the workflow and quickly understand the new systems.

  1. Voice Assistant Healthcare Content Specialists

The healthcare industry has realized the many benefits of voice-recognition aka speech recognition technology. It helps the hospitals in increasing the productivity of the doctors, reduces the chances of medical errors, ensures adherence of documentation, and provides better mobility to the caregivers. It also has promising applications in the areas of assisted living, especially for elderly patients. The content that is used to create a response to a query to a voice-assistant is prepared by non-healthcare people today. As the applications of voice-assisted technology increase in healthcare, the content will need to be specifically created by healthcare experts. There will be a growing need for such content specialists.

In tomorrow’s smart hospitals, there are exciting interesting opportunities for tech professionals with a healthcare background. You don’t necessarily have to be a nurse or a doctor to get into healthcare. The industry is rapidly growing and relying heavily on technology and data. The future certainly looks exciting for Health IT professionals.