The growing sophistication of health information technology continues to dramatically impact all aspects of modern healthcare. On Wednesday, the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT formally launched an initiative to help encourage the use of health IT in emergency medical services.
From boosting patient education, to fostering greater collaboration among physicians and caretakers, the statistics are clear and compelling – health IT is changing healthcare for the better. Driving this expansion is the proven ability of HIT tools to reduce errors and adverse clinical events, and to improve the quality and efficiency of patient care.
As a result, ample investment capital is now flowing into this fast-growing industry. Last fall, Mercom Capital Group published projections that called for a 100% increase in venture capital funding for health IT between 2012 and 2013. Details contained in the report indicate that some 150 deals in the third quarter of last alone accounted for $737 million raised in VC funding. The dollar amount of disclosed deals surpassed the second quarter total of $623 million.
Not surprisingly, the rapid expansion of health information technology has engendered what many believe will be a massive employment boom. In the future, health information technology will directly or indirectly "employee millions," tech industry analyst and health news blogger Mike Randazzo tells Examiner in an exclusive interview Wednesday.
"You're starting to see the academic community broaden its offerings to better prepare the next generation of health IT professionals for the myriad opportunities that await," Randazzo explains.
One of the most promising programs in this thriving arena is offered by AmeriTech College.
The Health Information Technology program is an online program leading to the Associate in Applied Science degree. According to a program description shared with Examiner, the program provides "career-focused education to produce job-and transfer-ready health information technology graduates."
Having received a stellar response from students and industry professionals who praised the launch of this and similar programs across academia, AmeriTech College is now well-position on the vanguard of education for those seeking healthcare-related careers.
"This fully online program is designed to lead to employment in one of the nation’s fastest growing segments of the healthcare industry," the program description reads on the AmeriTech College website.
Students and aspiring professionals aside, physicians, specialists, and other established medical professionals are flocking to all facets of mHealth, telemedicine, and the promising array of fields related to health IT.
In fact, the number of board-certified health specialists seeking new opportunities in mHealth and all forms of digital medicine and electronic healthcare is truly staggering.
Just last week, healthPERX and eDocAmerica announced a new partnership that aims to take telehealth to the next level, chiefly by virtue of augmenting the available pool of top healthcare professionals on their team.
healthPERX is a telehealth program that offers 24/7 access to board-certified doctors. Through its coupling with eDocAmerica, it will now expand its services with the addition of board-certified health specialists for nearly every medical need.