We live in a world dominated by technology. Today's medical job seekers must be comfortable with modern medical software and devices. Here are three tech skills every medical job seeker should have:
1. Familiarity with EHRs
Electronic health record technology has become increasingly complex over the past decade. EHRs provide patients with access to their personal health information, aid in regulatory compliance, connect with federal vaccination records and much more. Any medical professional entering the industry today must be familiar with EHR software.
According to The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, there are approximately 684 EHR vendors in the U.S. Therefore, incoming medical professionals don't necessarily have to fully understand any one system, but rather the basic components of such systems.
2. Mobile device operation
Modern medical devices have many capabilities which allow healthcare professionals to optimize patient care. Connected devices can alert nurses when a patient is in need. Medical professionals should understand the value these devices bring to the care team and be comfortable working with them.
For medical professionals who have been working for a while, there's a good chance that the equipment found at work is different than the equipment you trained with in medical school. Job seekers should find ways to stay up to date on the latest technological advancements to improve their chances of finding work.
3. Video call etiquette
According to research from Berg Insight, the number of patients who engaged with telemedicine services rose to 7.1 million in 2016. As smartphones become increasingly sophisticated, it's likely that more patients will turn to telemedicine for non-emergency doctor's visits.
Medical students should consider practicing their video call etiquette just as they practice their bedside manner. Knowing where to look when speaking through a device, how to speak clearly over a device and when to request that the patient come to the office are all important considerations.
One final consideration: medical technology is always advancing. That means no medical professional can afford to ignore the latest technology. What was cutting edge yesterday is commonplace today. Don't let the steady pace of technological advancements leave you behind.