The digitalisation of information has revolutionised the usefulness of information systems in the healthcare industry, potentiating a significant improvement in day-to-day operations.
Beginning with the 1960s, the large costs of mainframes and storage imposed on hospitals to share a mainframe. Information technology gradually improved with the invention of smaller and faster processors but the concept of networking in 1980s helped integrate the financial and the clinical systems of hospitals for efficient communication. The integration wave continues to the 1990s in the form of integrated delivery networks where several departments of a healthcare institution operate under a single integrated entity. In 2000s, integration becomes synonymous with efficiency and mobility of the healthcare department and data warehouses are considered as the next step in the revolution of information.
These decades of changes completely transform the way we perceive data not only in the healthcare industry but every single technology related industry. From expensive hardware to cheaper data storage solutions, the supply of information is continuous; and in the case of healthcare, it is highly sensitive. Technology has greatly reduced operation
costs and response times in hospitals but the challenge ahead is in making use of the large amounts of stored data to improve on this outcome.
The future applications of advanced healthcare informatics are both numerous and beneficial. Advancements in data analytics suggests big improvements in future decision-making and even further integration to help customers gain better access to their personal healthcare. As providers of recruitment solutions we seek to contribute to the industry by matchmaking uniquely qualitied candidates with the right organisation and right role.
Professionals in the healthcare IT industry, locally and internationally, are often:
- Data Analysts
- EMR Build Specialists
- Database Managers
- Health Information Technicians
- Project Managers
- Application Developers
- Systems Analysts
- Health Information Administrators
Notable companies in healthcare informatics are Optum, Cerner Corp., Epic, Allscript, McKesson, Siemens, Xerox, Dell to name a few.