Healthcare Management: The Nucleus of Healthcare
Healthcare management is the perfect career for those interested in working in healthcare but not in physically taking care of patients.
Managers in the healthcare field are focused on navigating efficient process management; they work to empower healthcare specialists to deliver high-quality patient care. They often work behind the scenes with medical staff or with insurance companies to advocate for patients. They’re focused on ensuring that legal and ethical practices are being met and they are responsible for overseeing the finances of the organization. The main objective of their role is to optimize the day-to-day operations and ensure that the practice delivers the best patient care.
Pursuing a career in healthcare management can open avenues into the world of business. Healthcare managers possess a strong business intuition and are often outside-of-the-box thinkers. Those interested in seeking a career in a business-focused role should consider the pathway of healthcare management. Within the role of a healthcare manager, there are opportunities to tap into fields outside of healthcare such as marketing, finance, and other channels in business procedures. A student in an MCPHS healthcare management program, Alexandra Proch expressed, “…Healthcare Management shows you entirely different perspectives, it challenges you to think critically about what is efficient and what is not, and gives you the skills think about things at an intersectional level.”
Examples of exciting career paths in the world of healthcare management include:
Hospital Chief Executive Officer/ Hospital Executive: In charge of managing the practice from an executive level. The main goal of their job is to ensure every aspect of the hospital is running efficiently.
Communications Manager: This job is particularly focused on the marketing/communications of the organization. This can mean public relations strategy planning along with social media operations.
Administrator: Working in this capacity for a medical tech company is an exciting career path for those interested in the business world. Taking your background in healthcare is an advantage in the medical technology business.
The field is always growing; according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare management jobs will increase by 20% between 2016 and 2026 — a much faster rate than the average for all occupations. While the healthcare industry grows as technology changes the landscape and the population ages with life expectancy rising, the need for managers increases as more innovations are made in medicine. That is why the perfect candidate for the role of healthcare manager has a passion for combining practical solutions with innovative new ideas. They are able to multitask and be critical thinkers within the ever-changing healthcare market. Just as the nucleus is the most important part of a cell, maintaining growth and development, a healthcare manager is the nucleus of healthcare practice.
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