Advancing technology is changing the healthcare industry exponentially. In what was once an industry of charts, healthcare has become paperless in the delivery of care, operations and administrative processes. These transitions to new technologies are making improvements in surgical procedures, the wireless transfer of information, management of records and financial procedures. Most importantly, the transformations are improving patient care.
Technology is revolutionizing healthcare, slowly but surely. Everyone from nurses to doctors will need to know how to access, leverage and manage web-based electronic healthcare networks.
Data management in healthcare is becoming a critical issue and will impact healthcare across disciplines and job functions. And let's not forget some of the more sophisticated technologies where surgeries are performed with robotics. People who work in the medical profession should embrace, understand and learn the key technologies relevant to their job if they want to be successful today and into the future.
How does it affect my career?
Modern technology is reshaping almost every work environment in every industry, but this rings especially true in healthcare. Healthcare is the largest growing industry even with these advancements, so career concerns can be somewhat subdued because the need for healthcare professionals will remain strong for years to come. We see these trends up close at Adecco Medical & Science.
Though there may be shifts in roles and responsibilities, these developments have the potential to create just as many jobs as it will eliminate. As the industry continues to become more tech-focused it will create room for a wider pool of potential employees.
What can I do?
Your career is your greatest asset, and to remain successful in the healthcare industry, you must invest in your career. If you do, it will only lead to better opportunities and a more successful future in a booming industry. Here are some ways to access training:
- Look to your employer first. Employers want to retain the talent they already have on staff, so many employers will offer training programs and reduced or free tuition for outside classes. If new software or technology is being implemented, your employer will likely have employee training. If it’s an option, take advantage of anything that will help expand your skill set.
- Take your own initiative. There are vast continuing education classes and online programs that are available for all levels of healthcare professionals. Check out some professional associations, such as the Association of Health Care Administrative Assistants (www.ahcaa.org) or your local college for night classes.
- Reassess your plan. Since many new positions will open up to you as a result of the growing technologies, the future of your job can change too. You may want to rethink what you originally planned. Talk to your manager and express your career interests and goals, then ask what they can do to help you get to that level.
Naturally it is necessary to know basic systems and software, but to really get ahead you should look into expanding your skills set. The addition of specialized and on-the-job training to your resume will result in a wider range of opportunities. The tech-savvy job seeker will be the most sought out, so work on self improvement and you will surely succeed!
For more insights on today’s healthcare profession and landing that next great career opportunity, be sure to speak with your local Adecco Medical & Science representative.