Health Information Technology refers to the framework used to manage health information, and the exchange of health information in a digital format. Professionals, who work in Health IT careers, are focused on the technical side of managing health information, working with software and hardware used to manage and store patient data. HIT professionals are usually from Information Technology backgrounds, and provide support for electronic health records and other systems HIM professionals use to secure health information.
Healthcare IT is the use of computer and digital technology in medical facilities to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of clinical healthcare for patients and providers. Healthcare IT careers can include but is not limited to electronic coding and billing systems, electronic medical records (EMR), and networks for digital imaging such as PACS.
Clinicians who transfer into Health IT careers may come from a background as a physician or a nurse, or from a laboratory career or other allied health technologist. Careers in nursing informatics, clinical process improvement, and service line analysts are a few of the most common careers for former clinicians.