May 17, 2020

The Big 5: Most "In Demand" Positions in Healthcare

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The most in demand jobs in healthcare today
Written by Angie Mansfield Hospitals Finding Greatest Need for These Positions In spite of slow economic recovery, the healthcare industry is continuin...

Written by Angie  Mansfield

Hospitals Finding Greatest Need for These Positions

In spite of slow economic recovery, the healthcare industry is continuing to hire at a fast rate.

Healthcare jobs are expected to grow 22%, by 2018, according to Monster.com -- that translates to 3.2 million jobs and a faster growth rate than any other industry.

So, which positions do hospitals have the greatest demand for?

Registered Nurse

Nursing is one of the most in-demand careers in the United States, with more than 580,000 new jobs expected by 2016. That number doesn't count the hundreds of thousands of jobs that will open up in coming years as older nurses retire.

Overall nursing job growth, according to Monster.com, stands at 23%.

Growth in home health care and physicians' offices is a bit higher, at 39%, and outpatient care stands at a respectable 34%.

Medical Secretary

For certified secretaries and administrative assistants, the job outlook in the healthcare field is very optimistic. This career is expected to grow faster than average, with many new positions in hospitals and physicians' offices opening up in coming years.

By 2016, there should be 112,000 medical secretaries employed across the country, up from the current 98,000.

Overall job growth is expected to reach 9 to 17%.

Healthcare Administrator

Another vital part of the healthcare environment, the healthcare administrator oversees the entire workforce of the hospitals under their care. This job function is currently evolving as the industry makes structural and financial adjustments, but administrators who are adaptable to the new environments should flourish.

This field currently employs around 262,000 people, with 43,000 new jobs expected by 2016.

Medical Assistant

Performing administrative and clinical tasks, the medical assistant is a vital part of any hospital or clinic. Employment rates for these crucial team members is estimated to grow much faster than average.

Currently, around 417,000 medical assistants are employed across the U.S.

By 2016, that number is expected to grow to more than 565,000 -- an overall job growth of 27%.

Pharmacy Technician

An attractive career choice for those who prefer on-the-job training to formal schooling, the pharmacy tech helps pharmacists by counting tablets, labeling bottles, and taking care of administrative tasks. This job description varies by state, as each state has its own rules on what a pharmacy tech can and cannot do.

Currently, there are 285,000 pharmacy technicians employed in the United States, many of whom work in hospital pharmacies. By 2016, that number is expected to grow 27%, adding about 91,000 new job openings.

As the medical industry continues to grow and change to meet the needs of patients, different careers may become more in-demand over time.

These are just a few of the positions that have a perennial place in the industry.

Other jobs likely to reach a high demand in hospitals in coming years include physical therapists and paramedics.

 

About the Author

Angie Mansfield is a freelance blogger who covers topics of interest to both consumers and small business owners. Her work has touched on subjects from management and marketing to living green and doctor reputation.

 

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Jun 13, 2021

How healthcare can safeguard itself against cyberthreats

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#digitaltransformation
#covid19
Jonathan Miles
6 min
Jonathan Miles, Head of Strategic Intelligence and Security Research at Mimecast, tells us how the healthcare sector can protect itself from attacks

One of the most fundamental lessons from the COVID crisis is that health should always be a priority.  In a similar fashion to the human body that frequently fights off viruses and foreign invaders that intend to cause it harm, the sector itself is now a prime target for another type of external threat: cyberattacks.

The figures speak for themselves: between December and January this year, hospitals in the UK were at 89% capacity, with 7,000 fewer available beds than there usually are. As the pandemic increased pressure on hospitals, clinics, and research facilities to create a treatment for patients globally, it has left the sector exposed to hackers who, like a virus, have been targeting it relentlessly and evolving their tactics. 

From patient records being held ransom, to fake emails claiming to originate from the UN WHO, the NHS, or vaccine centres, through to attacks on the cold supply chain to find out the secret formula of the COVID vaccine, the healthcare industry is facing constant cyberattacks and struggling to cope. This threat is unlikely to go away anytime soon – and as such, the industry needs to take a proactive, preventative stance to stay safe in a dynamic digital world. 

Going digital 

The responsive nature of healthcare – particularly of hospitals – means that efficiency is crucial to the industry’s standard operations. To support this, the sector has been embracing technological advancements that can improve the quality of work, enabling staff to meet pressing deadlines, and enhancing patient care. For example, the industry has been digitising records and improving its ways of working through digital means over the past few years. 

This shift is critical to offer high quality patient care; yet, it also means the sector has become more dependent on IT, which can come with a risk if cybersecurity processes employed are deemed as inadequate. 

Without the correct security measures in place, the desired efficiency gains realised, can be easily lost in a heartbeat. Simply put, an elementary glitch in the system can have a tremendous ripple effect on many areas, from accessing patient records and conducting scans, to maintaining physical security and protecting the intellectual property of experimental treatment development.

To prevent this, healthcare organisations need to ensure they’re considering cybersecurity as part of their overall digital transformation strategy – and setting the right foundations to create a culture where safety goes hand in hand with patient care. 

Strengthening defences

Before implementing cybersecurity process, healthcare organisations need to assess the potential risks they face. Depending on how much confidential data the trust has, where it is stored, who has access to it and via which means, the cybersecurity strategy and associated solutions will change. 

It’s fair to say that a medical device start-up where all employees have a corporate-sanctioned laptop and access data via a VPN will have radically different needs to a large hospital with hundreds of frontline workers connecting to the hospital’s Wi-Fi using their personal device. 

These requirements will pale by comparison to a global pharmaceutical giant with offices in multiple locations, a large R&D department researching new treatments for complex diseases and a fully integrated supply chain. Considering the existing setup and what the organisations is looking to achieve with its digital transformation strategy will therefore have an immediate impact on the cybersecurity strategy.

Despite this, there are fundamentals that any organisation should implement: 
Review and test your back-up policy to ensure it is thorough and sufficient – By checking that the organisation’s back-up is running smoothly, IT teams can limit any risks of disruption in the midst of an incident and of losing data permanently.

In our recent State of Email Security report, we found that six out of ten organisations have been victims of ransomware in 2020. As a result, afflicted organisations have lost an average of six days to downtime. One third of organisations even admitted that they failed to get their data back, despite paying the ransom. In the healthcare industry, this could mean losing valuable patient records or data related to new treatments – two areas the sector cannot afford to be cavalier about.

Conduct due diligence across the organisation’s supply chain – Healthcare organisations should review their ways of working with partners, providers and regulatory institutions they work with in order to prevent any weak link in their cybersecurity chain. Without this due diligence, organisations leave themselves exposed to the risks of third party-led incidents. 

Roll out mandatory cybersecurity awareness training - Healthcare organisations shouldn’t neglect the training and awareness of their entire staff – including frontline workers who may not access the corporate network on a regular basis. According to our State of Email Security report, only one fifth of organisations carry out ongoing cyber awareness training.

This suggests it is not widely considered as a fundamental part of most organisations cyber-resilience strategy, despite the fact many employees rely on their organisation’s corporate network to work. By providing systematic training, healthcare organisations can help workers at all levels better understand the current cyberthreats they face, how they could impact their organisation, the role they play in defending the networks, and develop consistent, good cybersecurity hygiene habits to limit the risks of incidents. 
Consider a degree of separation – Information and Operational Technology (IT and OT) networks should be separated.

Although mutually supported and reliance on each other, employees shouldn’t be accessing one via the other. This should be complemented by a considered tried and tested contingency and resiliency plan that allows crucial services to function unabated should there be a compromise. Similarly, admin terminals should not have internet access to afford a degree of hardening and protection for these critical accounts.

As the sector becomes a common target for fraudulent and malicious activity, putting cybersecurity at the core of the organisation’s operations is critical. It will help limit the risks of disruption due to cyberattacks, reduce time spent by the cybersecurity team to resolve easily avoidable errors, and ensure that institutions can deliver patient care, safe in the knowledge that their networks are safe.  

Fighting future threats

With technology continuing to change the face of healthcare, the surface area and vectors available for attacks by malicious actors is constantly increasing. With the introduction of apps, networked monitoring devices, and a need for communication, the attack vector is ever expanding, a trend that needs to be monitored and secured against.

To prevent any damage to patients, staff, or the organisation they are responsible for, healthcare leaders must put security front and centre of their digital transformation strategy. Only then can the sector harness the full benefits of technology. Doing this should include implementing cybersecurity awareness training to challenge misconceptions around security, encourage conversation, and to ensure employee knowledge of the security basics and threats faced. 

This ultimately allows healthcare organisations to do what they do best: provide the highest standard of patient care, safe in the knowledge that their operations, patients, and data are safe.

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