Health technology field on the rise

29-11-14 emendevil@atechcollege.edu 0 comment

As one of the fastest growing sectors of the American economy, the healthcare industry has thousands of job openings across the state. However, you don’t have to be a nurse or doctor to take advantage of the employment opportunities.

The national health care law requiring more people to be insured and America’s growing population mean more people each year will be seeking medical care. But for every doctor and nurse who treats a person in a hospital bed of physician’s office, there are several other workers handling the billing and administrative portion of the business. These types of workers are skilled in health information technology, which is a growing industry within the medical field.

The healthcare industry is experiencing an increase in technology and the expansion of online medical records that will lead to more discoveries of illness and disease, thus leading to more treatment and more visits to doctor offices and hospital specialist.

The healthcare industry is made up of many moving parts that work together to provide care for the country’s sick. Nurses and doctors provide the hands on medical care, emergency transportation workers ensure that those needing immediate assistance are taken care of and able to get to the proper healthcare official quickly and insurance companies provide the money to support the system.

But an often overlooked, yet critically important part of the whole system is medical billing and coding specialists.

There is a need for medical professionals who work to ensure insurance claims are able to be sent to insurance providers, avoiding long waits for people in need of medical care. These specialists also bill and code insurance claims that are increasingly a crucial part of today’s healthcare industry as more and more people have to navigate confusing insurance requirements. They also oversee medical records and files.

Because of the importance of medical billing, coding services and medical records, hospitals often look for the best company that can offer the most technical knowledge and the quickest response times. It’s a demanding job and medical facilities know that they can’t afford to hire workers that lack the necessary skills and technical knowledge because it could lead to lost contracts for service with hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

New federal regulations also require an understanding of electronic patient records. It can be tough for healthcare facilities to find applicants that have this knowledge, which means students of The Healthcare Institute’s medical billing and coding program will have a leg up in securing employment in this growing field.

That growth in demand for medical care is creating demand for medical professionals who have training in health information technology and can provide a valuable supportive role in many healthcare facilities across the country. The healthcare industry has already been one of the nation’s fastest growing job sectors, but that growth is expected to remain as changes come the healthcare industry. Those changes are not only creating more patients, but they are creating new ways to providing care, charging for that care and organizing the medical records of those receiving care. That means healthcare employers are looking for medical assistants who have relevant training and can hit the ground running in today’s new world of medical coverage.

If you have always had an interest in working in the medical field, then becoming a medical assistant could be the right fit for you and there has hardly been a better time to seek professional medical assistant training from a school like A Technical College than right now.

A Technical College’s medical assistant training program teaches students the ins and outs of the profession, including assisting with examinations, obtaining vital signs, performing office laboratory procedures and a variety of other tasks today’s healthcare employers require from medical assistants.