Health Information Technology
Hospitals, just like other businesses, are relying more and more on technology. A well-functioning electronic network is critical to an efficient health care system. Jobs in health information technology, also called HIT, are varied and may include providing computer support, technical assistance and service to your customer – the health care professionals who treat patients.
You provide technical assistance, support and advice to users within the hospital. You are a troubleshooter who finds problems and provides technical support for hardware, software and systems. You respond to questions from users and run automatic diagnostics programs to resolve problems. Some specialists install, modify, clean and repair computer hardware and software. You also may write training manuals and train computer users in how to use new computer hardware and software.
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As an analyst, you develop, test, expand or modify computer systems to improve efficiency and do new things. When problems occur, you review information and performance indicators to locate problems and correct errors by fixing codes. You also work with health care administrators to make sure you all agree on the best ways to solve problems and provide new technology to staff.
As a network or computer systems administrator, you design, install and support a hospital’s computer systems. You are responsible for local-area networks (LAN), wide-area networks (WAN), network segments, and Internet and intranet systems. You maintain network hardware and software, analyze problems and monitor networks to ensure they are available to users. You may plan, coordinate and implement network security measures and are responsible for maintaining network efficiency.