Report Finds Need for High-Tech Workers in Healthcare

Photo of an operating room filled with high-tech surgical machines.

A recent report has found that workers with high-tech skills on their resume are some of the most needed in the health care industry.

According to the report, which was commissioned by Jobs of the Future and funded in part by the Lumina Foundation, there is a growing demand for highly skilled health informatics professionals as more providers and medical companies switch to digital records under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and provisions in the Affordable Care Act.

That requires health informatics that are clinically based and increasingly sophisticated. As a result, entry-level positions have been upgraded, demand for lesser-skilled candidates has declined, and clinical expertise has become a requirement for higher-level health information management jobs, the report stated. The report found that demand for health care informatics jobs, which includes positions for medical records and coding technicians, grew by 36% from 2007 to 2011, well above the national average of 6 percent for all other occupations in the U.S. during the same time period.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that job opportunities for medical records and health information technicians are expected to increase faster than the average of other occupations, by 21%, through 2020.

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