Healthcare has become a big growth sector in IT; enhance your career potential with CompTIA certification(s)
Among the many predictions being touted by leading trends experts is the notion that the entire healthcare industry is due for a boom. This is not a ‘boom’ in a destructive sense of course, but rather one of intense growth over a relatively short period of time. If you’re the type of professional who likes to stay informed about what’s going on throughout your own industry (or perhaps the global economy at large) you’re probably already aware of the various forces which are active in healthcare. The fact of the matter is that the entire global healthcare industry is starting to improve upon their IT operations (in various ways). Needless to say, this will create a number of opportunities for IT workers.
According to a Gartner prediction:
“By 2014, 30% of U.S. private healthcare payers will acquire providers, forcing integration of application suites as delivery and finance merge.”
Likewise, Gartner’s Vice President, David Willis, had this to say:
“Security investments are going to dramatically increase…..An already large security market is about to get much bigger, growing by 56% from current levels in five years time, while cloud security will almost triple….some companies are already doubling or tripling their security budgets, for example in the health care industry”
The point here is that there are enormous moves being made right now which are going to necessitate increases focus and energy in the IT industry as it pertains to healthcare. If, for example, you live and/or work in the US, you’re probably already aware of the looming “baby boomer” retirement window. In case you’re not; the baby boomers are the generation born in the US after WW2; currently, they represent about 26% of the entire US population. Needless to say, it’s a given that these individuals are going to challenge the healthcare industry, it’s fairly obvious. Moreover, other countries are facing similar problems as is most of the developing world.
Simply put, IT in healthcare is yet another one of the areas in which vast improvements can be made (and are). Here’s yet another Gartner prediction that demonstrates this move toward increased healthcare IT investment:
“By 2015, 20% of integrated delivery systems will be investing in new healthcare-targeted customer relationship management (CRM) systems.”
At the same time, it would seem that the entire healthcare industry is moving toward increased use of both personal devices like iPads as well as increased use of social networking to treat, diagnose or engage patients / customers. Once again, here are some Gartner statements which seem to sum up this situation:
“By 2014, the five largest product life cycle management software providers will make social networking an integral part of their solution.”
“By 2013, iPad penetration among pharma sales reps will reach 85 percent, then shift to applications that improve delivery and interaction tracking.”
What does this have to do with CompTIA certification again?!
Well, CompTIA created and released their “healthcare IT technician” certification recently. In a nutshell, this cert is designed to train IT professionals to work with healthcare-related IT systems and infrastructure. More specifically, it imbues individuals with the understanding and proficiency to establish and maintain these specialized types of IT systems. If you’re the type of person that is interested in working in an IT setting via healthcare, or simply looking to take advantage of this momentous opportunity, this CompTIA certification is definitely worth looking into. Certainly healthcare-based employers will look upon such qualifications with esteem, and it would make an excellent addition to one’s cert list (especially if you’ve already added CompTIA credits to your name).
The CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician program covers a lot of different areas within the field as well. For instance, all facets of the IT operation are covered, but time is also spent on examining regulations as well as the finer points of how a medical business “operates” (please pardon the pun). Security is another area of concern and study, as is examining organizational behavior. All-in-all, it’s a very thorough certification that’s well worth the time and effort.
Before attempting this certification, it is recommended that you have either hundreds of hours of direct experience with IT in healthcare and/or already possess a CompTIA A+ certification. Understandably, most individuals who are just starting out will likely want to take the shorter, more direct route and investigate A+ certification more closely. If this route interests you, be sure to check out this helpful text which will help you pass your CompTIA A+ exam on your first attempt.
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