[INFOGRAPHIC] Why These Health IT Jobs are the Top Earners
A recent survey has revealed that work in health IT results in above-average salaries for many positions in the field, depending on experience, location and gender.
Online jobs search firm HealthITJobs.com confirmed that health IT professionals can earn a top salary, obtain job security and achieve a high level of job satisfaction. In fact, the overall average salary for a health IT professional was $89,879.43, with men earning roughly $17,000 more than women in the industry.
“Unfortunately for women in the field, the gender gap is very much a problem in health IT,” the report stated. “Men in health IT make a significant amount more than women.”
The highest salaries go to those working for consulting companies, according to the survey, with the average salary being $109,715.42.
Health IT professionals in the Mid-Atlantic region were reported to earn the most at $105,923.00 and 80 percent of all health IT professionals are satisfied with their jobs.
Experience plays a large role in determining the amount of salary a health IT professional makes with the survey finding a $35,000-plus salary difference between those with experience and those without.
“The future is looking bright – and lucrative – for those looking to pursue a job in the health IT field,” the survey concluded.
The 2014 HealthITJobs.com survey goes along with other reports of the healthcare industry experiencing a boom, despite widespread unemployment.
According to a report from Brookings Institution, the healthcare industry has added 2.6 million additional positions – a growth rate of 22.7 percent compared to just 2.1 percent for all other sectors.
Skin Analytics wins NHSX award for AI skin cancer tool
An artificial intelligence-driven tool that identifies skin cancers has received an award from NHSX, the NHS England and Department of Health and Social Care's initiative to bring technology into the UK's national health system.
NHSX has granted the Artificial Intelligence in Health and Care Award to DERM, an AI solution that can identify 11 types of skin lesion.
Developed by Skin Analytics, DERM analyses images of skin lesions using algorithms. Within primary care, Skin Analytics will be used as an additional tool to help doctors with their decision making.
In secondary care, it enables AI telehealth hubs to support dermatologists with triage, directing patients to the right next step. This will help speed up diagnosis, and patients with benign skin lesions can be identified earlier, redirecting them away from dermatology departments that are at full capacity due to the COVID-19 backlog.
Cancer Research has called the impact of the pandemic on cancer services "devastating", with a 42% drop in the number of people starting cancer treatment after screening.
DERM is already in use at University Hospitals Birmingham and Mid and South Essex Health & Care Partnership, where it has led to a significant reduction in unnecessary referrals to hospital.
Now NHSX have granted it the Phase 4 AI in Health and Care Award, making DERM available to clinicians across the country. Overall this award makes £140 million available over four years to accelerate the use of artificial intelligence technologies which meet the aims of the NHS Long Term Plan.
Dr Lucy Thomas, Consultant Dermatologist at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, said: “Skin Analytics’ receipt of this award is great news for the NHS and dermatology departments. It will allow us to gather real-world data to demonstrate the benefits of AI on patient pathways and workforce challenges.
"Like many services, dermatology has severe backlogs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This award couldn't have come at a better time to aid recovery and give us more time with the patients most in need of our help.”