Three Ways Becoming a Healthcare IT Consultant Helps You Sharpen Your Skills

Nov 2, 2016 12:00:00 AM · by David Kushan

The consultant career path can help provide Healthcare IT/Informatics experts with new experiences that further their professional development and help increase their long-term job prospects. Being a consultant allows Healthcare IT/Informatics professionals to do more of what they love by delving deeper into projects and expanding their project skillset.

These opportunities also bring experience with a greater variety of technologies. When working in new situations, consulting additionally provides a chance to work under more diverse management structures. Instead of the confining environment of traditional employment,getting into healthcare IT consulting provides faster professional growth.

Become An Expert At Your Niche

Many Healthcare IT/Informatics employees develop a certain area of expertise based on their project experiences. Once such projects are completed at their organizations, this expertise and related skills may lie dormant for some time. Consulting allows Healthcare IT/Informatics professionals to move from organization to organization applying this experience to similar projects as well as growing into new ones.

For many people, this provides a greater degree of professional satisfaction and enhances overall expertise with specific systems and project types. Furthermore, by working on similar projects and developing a track record, it makes it easier to garner consideration for jobs from organizations that otherwise might not have been accessible. . For example, working on and becoming an expert at integrating bar code technology into a hospital’s existing pharmacy system helps make you the first choice for such projects.

Gain Experience With New Technologies

In addition to working on challenging projects, consulting also allows an opportunity to expand your familiarity with and expertise of different technologies. Employees of a single company get to know the software, and workflows of their organization in depth, but opportunities to grow are often limited due to the slow pace of change at many organizations. Many IT professionals can be left behind if their organization doesn’t have the resources or desire to upgrade to new systems or incorporate new technologies.

As a consultant, you can choose engagements that help you build on your experience while working with new technology, leading to knowledge of healthcare technology trends and direct experience with these evolutions. All of this yields increased professional development and an expanded knowledge base that will lead to exciting new projects going forward.

Speed Up Your Career Path

By seeing different organizations, their unique system environments, and how they function, consultants expand their ability to work in diverse situations. This also provides opportunities to grow into new roles by working under different management structures that one will encounter as a consultant. In many cases, consultants have project lead-type responsibilities when working with clients, including the management of projects, team members, and even employees of the client.

Along with this comes the ability to interact with a wider variety of  technology and business roles, including high-level executives, than would be possible within the rigid command structure of typical employment. This experience helps IT/Informatics professionals gain different perspectives, leads to better consulting jobs, and also increases the likelihood of moving into a high-level position.

Becoming a healthcare IT/Informatics consultant can be a good way to branch out and avoid getting stuck in a rut as an employee at a single organization. This is particularly true if the organization is change-resistant and not willing to invest in new technologies. Consulting provides an opportunity to master certain kinds of projects through repeated engagements while building your technological and organizational expertise in the process. The ultimate result is a career path with increased overall flexibility as well as better opportunities within the healthcare IT field.

Want to learn more about what it takes to enter a career in healthcare IT consulting? Download our free guide Healthcare Consulting 101: Understanding the Four Types of Healthcare Consultants for more information.

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