Job seekers looking for tech jobs might not immediately think of the health IT jobs as a source of employment, but hospitals and clinics have a wide array of positions that require tech specialists in support of their daily operations. Here are some examples.
Biomedical Equipment Technicians
Biomedical equipment technicians are responsible for the preventive maintenance and repair of nearly all of the equipment used in patient care. The job requires a solid foundation of mechanical and electronic troubleshooting skills, but computer technician skills also come into play as many of the more advanced diagnostic pieces of equipment run on some sort of a computer platform. The job generally requires going to school for specialized training in the field which lasts from one to two years, but many of those that work in the field were trained in the military.
As with any operation that uses a large number of computers, hospitals generally field their own in-house IT department for software troubleshooting and hardware repairs. This is a traditional technical support role, just in a health care setting.
Clinical Data Analyst
Clinical data analytics helps hospitals use statistics to aid doctors in their patient care decisions, as well as maintaining effective databases of patient information. Clinical Data Analysts generally will have an education in software engineering and experience creating and maintaining databases.
Patient Portal Architect
This job involves the creation and maintenance of “patient portals”, the web interfaces that patients use to access their records and appointments and that caregivers use to communicate directly with patients. These jobs require a strong background in web design and programming.
HL7 Developer / Analyst
Health Level 7 (HL7) is an interoperability standard being adopted by many hospitals around the world. This standard is used to ensure that computers and databases from different hospitals can easily communicate with each other. Developers create these databases, while analysts maintain and troubleshoot them.
Healthcare is a field that will always be needed regardless of the ups and downs of the economy, and as hospitals and clinics integrate more computer-based technology into patient care there will continue to be a great demand for capable tech workers.