As technology revolutionizes the healthcare industry, the need for qualified health IT professionals continues to grow.
Industry-specific technical skills are hot commodities, but clients and employers also are looking for professionals with “soft skills” that allow them to effectively interact with and influence others.
Because implementing electronic health records (EHR) can present a challenge beyond the technical, it is important to have – or develop – a well-rounded skill set that includes functional and soft skills.
Soft skills are particularly in demand in the healthcare IT industry because implementing electronic health records systems requires substantial change for organizations and the individuals involved. Putting new systems in place that affect the day-to-day work of healthcare professionals with diverse personalities and varying degrees of tech savvy requires good people skills.
Healthcare IT workers with strong soft skills and the capacity to handle the people side of system conversions are “worth their weight in gold,” according to recruiting website ERE.net.
Valuable soft skills include:
Effective people and leadership skills are a solid foundation for success in the healthcare informatics field. To help individuals looking to build the in-demand technical skills needed to pursue a career in this growing industry, The University of South Florida offers a Master of Science in Health Informatics, as well as a graduate level certificate, both available 100% online.