You did your homework, you invested in your healthcare training, and you got your certifications after months of burning the midnight oil. So now what? Relax—the future has many good things in store for you.
Healthcare has been quite a topic since Obamacare and ICD 10, but there’s more to the industry than the implementation of new regulations and the impending tax burden. While most changes have been unwelcome for stakeholders, the industry has indeed proven to be a greener pasture for those pursing a healthcare career. Found below are three of the top reasons why healthcare jobs will only become more in demand for the next few years:
1. Higher Demand for Healthcare Services
With more people being reached by Obamacare, the demand for healthcare facilities and resources to accommodate this growing number of people is also set to increase. According to the New York Times, around 30 million people are expected to receive healthcare coverage in upcoming years.
2. Electronic Health Records
The government’s widespread implementation of the use of electronic health records will force technology and professionals to quickly adapt to it. Healthcare professionals, in particular, will find electronic record-keeping challenging, especially when it comes to organizing patient records and claims, but it will get easier in the long run. As more and more individuals become trained on electronic record-keeping, more positions are expected to crop up for these trained professionals. And in the job selection process, head hunters will prefer EHR-trained individuals more than untrained applicants.
3. New positions
Over the years, new job titles have been birthed by the changing employment landscape and increased demand in the healthcare field. More specialties have cropped up as more as healthcare delivery became more complex. From transcriptionists to pharmacy technicians and medical office managers, so much has changed with the traditional doctor-nurse dichotomy that we’ve seen decades ago.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare information management professionals will see a 21 percent increase in job outlook for the next seven years. About 37,000 positions will be available during the same time frame. Over 179,500 medical records and health information professionals are working in the United States as of 2010.
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