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Health IT JumpStart: The Best First Step Toward an IT Career in Health Information Technology by Scott McEvoy, Patrick Wilson

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Introduction

Let’s take a second to thank you for embarking on this journey with us. We hope that the subject matter and content provided in this book will have a positive impact on your career, employer, and patients served by the work you accomplish. Businesses are in dire need of trained professionals who understand the healthcare delivery system and healthcare technology, and we expect this book to help those looking to enter that market. At publication time, government calculations on labor project that there will be a 30.3 percent increase in healthcare jobs: physicians, nurses, technologists, administrators, and IT staff. In other words, the increase is expected to add 4.7 million new healthcare jobs by 2014 (www.bls.gov/oco/oc01002.htm). ...

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