A Field in Flux
Published 24 x 7 Magazine on December 1, 2014
By John Bethune
In the year since 24×7’s last comprehensive survey of the compensation and job satisfaction of healthcare technology management (HTM) professionals, no dramatic new issues or concerns have emerged. The litany of challenges to the field offered by this year’s respondents will sound familiar. Among the perennial challenges and complaints named are a lack of respect for biomeds, out-of-touch and bean-counting management, excessive or ill-informed regulation, healthcare reform, budget cuts, increasing outsourcing of HTM services, uncooperative OEMs who impede the right to repair, integration with IT, the graying of the workforce, and, of course, inadequate compensation. In other words, more of the same.
What does seem to have changed, however, is the level of uncertainty biomeds feel about their line of work. For some, the sense of impending but unpredictable change in the HTM discipline is exciting. For others, it is worrisome. But whether they see doom or opportunity, all agree that significant change is coming, and that it is likely to transform the profession.
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