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    Patrick Shaw
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    Getting Started in IT Healthcare is really a two-step process: first learning what the industry is like, then taking the necessary steps to develop the specific skills you’ll need to succeed. Individuals who have worked in the Health Care IT industry since 1995 can tell you much more about story of About page on how they got started on about page. The most common and popular route to take when looking to get a head start on an IT career is to train for a career in network security. While this is one of the easiest ways to get into the IT field (other than a degree) it may not be the best suited for everyone. There are other routes available, and it’s just a matter of exploring them to see which one best suits you.

    Many who work in IT wish to get started as network security technicians or consultants. They are the ones who set the infrastructure in the facility and often act as the first line of defense in protecting patient information from unauthorized access. These professionals work in doctor’s offices, hospitals and long term care facilities. A good way to get your foot in the door is by enrolling in an online course or an associate degree program through a vocational college/trade school/technological/university. This will put you at an advantage when potential employers are looking for healthcare IT personnel who have previous training/certifications.

    Those who wish to start developing and implementing electronic health records may go straight to work for a hospital, physician office or long term care facility. If you decide this path is for you, there are some prerequisites you should know about first. You need a computer with a word processor that can open MS Word documents. Most likely you will also need a phone, Internet connection and an e-mail address that is accessible to the public.

    Automation is one of the key factors that made Healthcare IT easier and more productive. Software applications developed for healthcare environments now use several forms of automation to make processes faster and reduce labor costs. Six sigma is just one form of automation used in healthcare, but it is the most prevalent. Six sigma aims to improve quality by eliminating non-value add decisions during the manufacturing process. The improvements made by Six sigma can also reduce healthcare costs and shorten the time to deliver solutions.

    When planning your role as a Six Sigma consultant, it is important to understand the value of process mining. Process mining refers to the implementation of algorithms that minimizes the cost of providing healthcare services by finding the lowest level of cost reduction from the current process. For example, if a patient is having his blood pressure read every day, his doctor might consider sending him a letter rather than scheduling an appointment the next day to have the blood pressure taken.

    RPA process mining refers to the use of automation in all phases of healthcare operations. It starts with data collection; this data is then analyzed to identify patterns that may point to issues or improvements. Next, action is taken based on the identified information. This action can include changing patient care protocols, rephasing doctor’s office visits or ordering test series. With the help of automated software, all these actions are automatically done and the results are quickly relayed to the front line staff as part of the customer service call and even emailed to the management.

    Another important role played by healthcare systems integrators is the integration of operational processes. Integrating the various systems will help to bring down the costs incurred per service while making it easier for the front line staff to do their job. In addition, this will improve the efficiency in the delivery of healthcare solutions to the customers. Healthcare service providers can greatly benefit from the use of software application packages such as SLAS, SLD and MRP. With the combination of these solutions and process improvement activities, it is not surprising why healthcare organizations have continued to invest in getting started in healthcare IT.

    There are a lot of solutions out there that you can use for your requirements. What is important though is that you identify what exactly your requirements are before looking at possible solutions. Asking the right questions will get you the right answers. First and foremost, you must determine your budget and see what you can afford to spend on IT. Asking a reliable third party for their thoughts on what technology would suit your needs best will also help you to decide which process mining tools are best for you. Once you know how you want your system to work, you can start planning on the steps that you need to take to make it happen.

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