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May 21 2012   10:28AM GMT

More refined skill sets needed for tomorrow’s HealthIT professionals

Posted by: RedaChouffani
cloud computing, HIT, IT Jobs

Technology continues to interest many healthcare professionals.  New innovations provide the promise of improving care, increasing revenue as well as reducing costs.  On a weekly if not daily new products and solutions enter the market place and bring new exciting possibilities.  For healthcare there are a tremendous amount of products that continue to help healthcare organizations with many of their challenges.

For Healthcare IT professional, the fast moving technology is changing what they are supporting.    Many of the on going changes and hard trends, show us that tomorrows HealthIT engineers will be working and supporting much different systems from what they are currently doing today.  The following are some of the examples of the areas that will see the most change in the industry:

Cloud Computing:

IT departments will see a much stronger and aggressive shift to cloud based services during 2013.  Everything from cloud based network management, hosted print management, cloud based office productivity tools as well as hosted electronic medical records.  This change is reducing the dependency on premises servers and complex software support needs and thus reducing the amount of hands-on server hardware support needed.

Cloud based storage:

Cloud storage provides access to limitless volumes for healthcare organizations.  Wether it is to be used for medical imaging, electronic medical records, or other clinical and administrative data we are certain to see this as a way for organizations to pay for the storage needed.

Managing Relationships:

As more of the computing shifts to the cloud and software solutions are hosted in large data centers,, IT folks will spend a significant amount of their time managing products, implementations, and holding vendors accountable for service delivery.


Analytics has been providing healthcare with vital information that is helping drive success.  IT folks will work closely with the different departments in the healthcare organization to collect, consolidate and analyze the available data and help identify savings opportunities, and make evidence based decision for better management.

Project Management:

Today hospitals are juggling with EHR implementations, ACO planning, ICD-10, meaningful use and many more projects that rely on technology.  This means that more healthcare executives are looking internally for potential PM to help with many of the on going projects.  Currently many seeking outside consulting firms that can assist with those needs, however as more and more services and computing moves to the cloud, IT engineers have the technical skills, and healthcare expertise to effectively lead some of the initiatives from the technical side.

The HealthIT workforce continues to be on high demand, and as technology continues to improve, and services and storage shift to cloud based, adopting new skills that the future demands of the market place is critical.

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