As many of you Nugget Lovers have heard, I recently began developing the CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician series for CBT Nuggets. This is probably the most excited I’ve ever been about a series because I’m thrilled about the possibilities for all of you looking to expand your IT careers and technological horizons.
Recent studies have shown that, for a variety of reasons, there is a huge shortage – as well as a big demand – for healthcare IT specialists. Healthcare information technology (HIT) jobs are predicted to increase much faster than the average for all occupations with an expected growth of 20% by 2018.
The good news for us is that the new technologies we are mastering right now – such as virtualization, cloud computing, wireless networking, enterprise security, and mobility – are being integrated faster into the healthcare and medical sectors due to several ongoing government programs and stimulus activities over the past 5 years. As a matter of fact, cloud data services, mHealth (a newish term meaning the use of existing smartphones, handhelds, pads, etc by doctors and clinicians), Connected Health, and related security issues are on the forefront of emerging healthcare technology.
A screen shot from Michael’s HIT series.
In fact, those of you learning about LANs, WANs, and MANs, may soon be adding MBANs to your vocabulary. MBANs are wireless patient monitoring systems that implement sensors worn by medical professionals to remotely monitor vital signs of patients.
This innovation that combines communications technology and healthcare will be an essential aspect of future economic growth, job creation, and improving the quality of life for all. This enhancement of wireless patient monitoring systems will help speed diagnosis, allow for faster intervention, generate faster response, and ultimately improve patient care and reduce healthcare costs.
Finally, for those of you who specialize in security as I do, it should become evident that our expertise will be in even greater demand going forward since these emerging MBANs, medical data cloud services, and other new technologies are always delivered with security vulnerabilities. In addition, they are all under the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) mandate for privacy and security protection, so there will be an almost endless opportunity for the IT/security practitioner to “ramp-up” into the medical and healthcare sector for an exciting and rewarding career.
In my opinion, the new CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician track is a great value-add to accompany any existing Microsoft, Cisco, Juniper, CompTIA, or even project management certification path to increase your existing job market value.
~Michael James Shannon