Top 5 Health Information Technology Careers

If you’re looking to break into a technical career within the health industry or are a newcomer to the job market but want an exciting career where your work impacts the lives of many, then you need to check out careers in the information technology (IT) field. Not knowing where to start or attempting to choose a path can seem daunting and intimidating but have heart, a beginning in any of the related fields will almost certainly guarantee that your choice will lead to a challenging and filling career. The key is to be flexible to learn whether on the job or through formal training and look for and except as many tasks as you’re able to complete.

There are many industry power-houses that are actively recruiting including the Henry Elliot & Company. Mr Ken Wagner established the Henry Elliot & Company in 1992 with the company name which was derived by his grandfather and father with a vision to create an organization as a market leader with the Caché, MUltifrontal Massively Parallel sparse direct Solver (MUMPS), and healthcare IT Software industry. As a long term business partner of InterSystems Corporation, they offer their clients highly skilled, reputable and reliable consultants, contract programmer, analysts and candidates for direct hire placement exclusively within the Caché, MUMPS Technology Industry Worldwide.

Here are the top five IT careers:

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Ensemble interface analyst

This is one of the hottest careers and one that requires knowledge and use of Ensemble as an integration engine much is required to improve quality of care via communications connecting people and information, increase efficiency with respect to workflow automated business processes, integration with external EHRs and enhance legacy systems, improve clinical and financial mgt and can be an integral part of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). This career also requires having a grasp of the components of an Ensemble production/solution, configuration settings, HL7 routing rules, productions and business services and productions, mapper and technology adapters. Much like of IT-related career fields, knowledge of software applications that preserve and extend previous software investments, HL7 (ADT and clinical messages) and experience with X12 file formats will be most helpful.

Systems admin

This position is responsible for administering the servers, clients, accounts, technology stack (i.e., Cache, Ensemble, and HealthShare). The “SysAdmin” role includes providing support for the integration and the health information exchange between development teams. Some of the more routine daily operations include the installation, maintenance, configuration, performance tuning, monitoring, and assistance with implementation of database schema changes.

The SysAdmin is a vital role in any organization and the position typically requires a bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field, experience and/or training that demonstrates analytical and technical competency, experience with Unix, Linux, or AIX, disaster recovery solutions, and experience using VMWare, VSphere to create, manage, and monitor systems.

Software systems engineer

The software systems engineer (SSE) performs duties of considerable complexity in support of computing systems. This multifaceted career includes having to demonstrate overall responsibility for hardware and software installation and maintenance, system performance, and problem resolution. This also requires a high level of expertise and technical direction for systems hardware and software support with the ability to analyze future needs and make recommendations for both internal and external customer support.

The SSE must collaborate with onsite and offsite developers for design, development, implementation and maintenance of Health Level 7 (HL7) and Web Services solutions.

To be considered for similar positions within the SSE role, having an understanding of how to: develop standards and procedures related to interface management and documentation of interfaces; provide data to generate team performance metrics; create, manage, and maintain all inbound and outbound HL7 interfaces; generate codes, tests, debugs, implements, and documents programs and technical configuration; including ongoing interface monitoring, issue management, and upgrade activities; troubleshooting; experience along with having the HL7 Certification; and experience with interface engines including Intersystem’ s Ensemble, Epic Bridges, Epic Interconnect, for example.

Information assurance specialist

This is another hot career field and will continue to be so for some time to come. IA requires that data and systems maintain integrity of data and use of encryption mechanism to protect against the “inside threat” as well as the brute force external threats. Almost every day, we read about cyber security breaches and so having the common industry certifications including Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA), training in personal identity information (PII) and personal health information (PHI) are mandatory because if you handle patient data at any time will demand that you protect those who you serve.

HL7/Interface developer

The linchpin to sharing data among different programs, organization, and other entities is having the ability to understand, design, and use HL7. This career requires experience with systems or middle-tier development and strong scripting skills, object-oriented development (OOD) languages such as C++, .NET, or Java would be most beneficial in this role.

The developer is responsible for providing development and maintenance of interfaces and applications, developing scripts, testing, writing custom reports for users, and assisting in software upgrades; full life cycle development of interface software (design, planning, programming, testing, and implementation); provide independent analysis to determine the appropriate design of interface solutions; identify issues and provide solutions to maintain operational stability of existing interfaces; managing application change requests within ITIL best practices for change management; and managing projects and tasks using Lean and Agile development principles.

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