A new report has found that as more Americans gain access to health care insurance through the Affordable Care Act, providers will need to participate in the health information exchange (HIE) in order to comply with the law.
The analysis from Frost and Sullivan's U.S. Health Information Exchange Market: A Comprehensive Guide to Market Dynamics, Technology Vendors, and Future Trends, found providers will "significantly ratchet up their participation in HIE over the next 18 to 24 months."
The results may mean that more doctors, practices and hospitals will need to hire professionals with health IT training or medical records and coding experience on their resume over the next 2 years.
Most healthcare providers realize that, despite the numerous complexities and challenges associated with the exchange of health data, HIE will continue to accelerate, Frost & Sullivan Connected Health Principal Analyst Nancy Fabozzi noted in a news release. "The value gained from health data exchange is self-evident. Today, most providers agree that the key issue in HIE is not whether to do it, but how best to do it so that benefits are maximized and any potential harm is minimized. This means that the data exchange platform must be trustworthy, comprehensive and secure." As far as the question of security, another report found that many companies across the world actually are not prepared to deal with a cyber security breach, which only emphasises the need for business to find highly qualified IT workers. The data from B2B International found that more than half of business worldwide lack staff sufficiently trained to improve IT security.
If you are a job seeker with high-tech experience looking for a career in health care, you may be able to transfer some of your skills into the emerging field. And your chances of finding work appear to be good if you have the right qualifications on your resume. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for medical records and health information technicians are predicted to grow faster than the average of other occupations - by 21% - through the end of the decade.
As far as your resume, you may need to add a postsecondary certificate or associate of science in medical records technology to enter the occupation. If you are interested in a management or supervisory position, you may need additional education - such as a bachelor's or master's degree in health information management - in order to advance in the field.