"The analyst will look at what's going through HL7 and troubleshoot, identify issues and trends whereas the developers are creating the messages themselves, using languages like cloverleaf and Rhapsody," says Anderson. They build out interface engines allowing the different systems to talk to each other.
Annual Average Salary: $91,000 (Analyst)
Annual Average Salary: $91,000 (Developer)
6. Meaningful Use Business Analyst
Meaningful use is functionality that is specified and required for the AARA funding or what the electronic medical record (EMR) has to do. There is very precise functionality required.
"The Meaningful Use Business Analyst will be looking at the feature functionality that is required in the legislation or rules that have been put forth and translate that to the functionality in all of our various clinical IT systems," says Gaboriault.
These analysts will design, build, implement and report on Meaningful Use objectives for healthcare providers. In order to receive government incentives, healthcare providers are having to attest to meaningful use and these analysts will ensure providers are in compliance.
Annual Average Salary: $75,000
7. Clinical Application Trainers
These HIT pros work with analysts and end-users to walk them through the applications they will use. They work both in the classroom and side-by-side with nurses and doctors.
"Once systems go live, the trainers will work elbow to elbow with clinicians to assist them while they treat patients," says Anderson. Gaboriault calls these people his "elbow-to-elbow" support. When new technologies, functionalities or systems are released in a hospital, these trainers take to the floors wearing green vests and are stationed in each area of the hospital. When doctors or nurses turn their head they can see a trainer. Gaboriault says his ratios is high when releasing new systems or functionalities--one trainer to each doctor on a shift. But then, as the time goes by, they phase it out over a four-week period.
"The clinical world is tough front-line. When you make a change to a system, it's important that we have effective change management support for the doctors and nurses on that front-line and the clinical application trainers are the ones who are there to help them make changes in the workflow through tools like the electronic medical records," says Gaboriault.
Annual Average Salary: No Data