Most people will find that the field of Telehealth is growing very quickly. For this reason, there are more and more positions available for Telehealth Technologists. The Telehealth Technologist serves to support and manage patients care coordination through the use of innovative technologies and telecommunication. This allows the patients to receive enhanced care and provide not only routine, but preventative care and disease control. Telehealth Technologist play an important role in the ever-changing world of health care field.
Telehealth Technologists are trained in the most up to date telecommunications technologies. They are responsible for a variety of telecommunication services depending on their employer and the setting in which they work. Telehealth Technologists are responsible for the following:
· Telehealth technologists provide support and manage telehealth medical encounters from patients. This support and manage provides a vital service to patients in all types of settings.
· Patient records and keeping medical charts updated using telecommunications is very important. They ensure that records and patient charts are logged accordingly following physicians instructions about specifics. More often than not, these orders are precise and need to be documented verbatim.
· Other Telehealth Technologists duties include a variety of technology related duties that assist the patients.
Most full-time Telehealth Technologists about 40 hours a week in a hospital or private medical setting. Hospital-based Telehealth Technologists may work under a variety of job titles while working various hours and shifts throughout the week. Although most work in a healthcare facility there are some that work in private offices or are contracted for their services.
More and more hospitals and private offices are contracting these employees and they are well paid for this task. The job itself also requires the individual to work with technology for many hours.
Education and Training
The education and training for a Telehealth technologist depends in part on the actual field of technology that they received training. For the upper level paying positions in the field of Telehealth, the employees have a college degree with an emphasis on technology. However, others positions offer on the job training and advanced certification programs. More often than not, the job training most often centers on the job that is being assigned and prepares the employee for the position.
Licensing and Credentialing
Telehealth Technologists are licensed and credentialed. However, this varies depending on the type of field they are using they are working as a Telehealth Technologist as well as the stay in which they would like to work.
Technologists will find that there are numerous job opportunities for those
trained in this field.
Statistics show that the majority of those in this field are employed health care facilities such as hospitals and clinics.
More and more Telehealth Technologists are increasing their skills and moving within their facilities to advanced positions. For the most part, advancement is possible, but may be limited to supervisory or management positions.
Medical Records and Health Care Technicians, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.