It’s no secret that the healthcare field is rapidly changing. With the baby boomer generation aging and millennial workers joining the healthcare ranks, there are some significant modern trends in the healthcare field today.
A primary trend is a shortage of skilled health IT professionals. Today, most medical records and other hospital proceedings are taking place online. However, there are not enough IT professionals present to keep up with the demand.
As healthcare continues, the need for highly skilled talent also increases, so this is a worrisome trend that has appeared. While there are a significant number of opportunities in this area, pay scales will have to increase in order to attract people to go into these fields.
Another trend is healthcare facilities preparing for the ACA. From huge hospitals to even small family practices, healthcare businesses are focusing on how the ACA is going to affect their daily operations, patients, and the bottom line.
Communicating effectively and reaching out are going to be key factors. Administrators will need to inform their employees and patients about any changes in coverage, access to care, and benefits as the ACA becomes a larger part of healthcare.
There are going to be more opportunities for specialty training and some of these opportunities already exist. The pending shortage in physicians and an overall increase in demand for healthcare practitioners are going to lead to greater opportunities for PAs, PTs, specialty nurses, and NPs. Employment of just physician assistants is expected to grow 30% in the next ten years, which is significantly higher than any other field of employment.
These are some of the primary trends happening in healthcare today. With huge changes in internet technology, the Affordable Care Act, and an increased demand for practitioners, the healthcare field is changing rapidly to meet new demands and adjust to patient care.