5 Healthcare Administration Jobs to Consider
It takes more than doctors, nurses and other practitioners to run a healthcare organization. Like any other business or nonprofit, healthcare organizations need people working in administrative roles to deploy resources, assist leaders, analyze data, manage records and handle other business operations.
Health care is a booming industry and a great place to look for work. If you’re interested in working in the industry, but don’t want to treat patients directly, consider these five healthcare administration jobs.
Medical receptionists are responsible for handling many of the general clerical duties at health care facilities, says Scott Galanos, branch manager in the healthcare practice at Addison Group. “This position often involves patient contact over the phone or in person, depending on the facility. Some additional duties include insurance verification, scheduling and self-pay collections.”
At larger organizations, a medical receptionist may serve a building, department or floor by registering patients and providing general information. It's just one of many great entry-level healthcare jobs that can get your foot in the door of the healthcare industry.
Healthcare Executive Assistant
Healthcare executive assistants help organizational leaders with administrative tasks. This position requires attention to detail and the ability to multitask while providing support on a variety of projects, Galanos says. They need to be able to help create reports, schedule travel and perform general office duties.
Decision Support Analyst
The decision support analyst position is one of the great jobs in healthcare right now, says Dennis Jolley, vice president for institutional advancement at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. “Health care is drowning in data, and all of that data is critical to the health care system surviving in the current market.”
People in these positions look at clinical and financial data, make sense of it and move it up the chain to those making strategic decisions, Jolley says.
Business Development Positions
“Business development is something other industries have had for a long time, and health care is just now getting good at it,” Jolley says. Positions such as sales and marketing representatives, strategists and others examine the services a health care organization offers and considers how to package that system to get greater market share, expand services, identify new sources of patients and find other ways to build the business, Jolley says.
Health Information Management
There’s a wide variety of jobs in health information management, says Ryan Sandefer, assistant professor and chair of the Department of Health Informatics and Information Management at the College of St. Scholastica. “We are the field that brings together management and leadership principles in health care with clinical information and technology,” he says. “It’s not just medical record management; it’s also building software, analyzing data, training on information technology and so on.”
Sandefer adds that the field is growing, and that the A certificate- or bachelor-level health informations technician, for example, may organize and manage data from electronic medical records, code information for insurance purposes, and maintain medical histories. Jobs that require a master’s degree may include clinical informatics director, which could involve overseeing an entire EMR system.
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