Propelled by federal incentives and regulations, hospitals, private practices, and health networks across eastern Massachusetts are implementing new Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems to improve patient care while controlling costs. Since Health Information Technology (Health IT) professionals serve such a critical role as a link between electronic databases and healthcare professionals, they are in very high demand, with hiring expected to grow by 19% in Massachusetts by 2022.
“There are plenty of jobs in Health IT because interoperability is so important,” said Gerald Elysee, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology’s Health IT programs. “There are so many different EHR vendors and standards. The best way to get the full benefits of this new Health IT wave is to have all of these products, software, and devices talk to each other.”
The fact that the Health IT field is booming in Boston should not come as a surprise. After all, Boston is an international hub of healthcare.
The fact that the Health IT field is booming in Boston should not come as a surprise. After all, Boston is an international hub of healthcare, hosting some of the largest and most prestigious medical centers, teaching hospitals, and health systems. Partners HealthCare – which includes hospitals like Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital – recently launched their own information management system, Partners eCare.
Years of planning and testing were performed to ensure a smooth rollout of the system. Behind this rollout are Health IT professionals responsible for designing the software, performing tests, integrating platforms, and maintaining the live applications. Students from BFIT’s Health IT program had the opportunity to work alongside some of these professionals as they completed an internship with Partners eCare this past semester.