Hottest healthcare skills: Analytics, documentation, health IT

Hospitals are increasingly looking for more technical employees, AHIMA found, based on latest job listings.
By Tom Sullivan
11:10 AM
Hottest healthcare skills: Analytics, documentation, health IT

Analytics, health IT, data, documentation and standards are the hottest skills right now, according to an analysis of job postings on

The American Health Information Management Association found that hospitals are shifting their hiring practices to attract employees with more technical chops than ever before.

AHIMA compiled the research in February 2017 by looking at 456 unique active job postings on

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“Collectively, the 100 most frequent terms revealed that many job postings appeared to focus on documentation, standards, data, health information technology, and analytics,” according to an article the May issue of the Journal of AHIMA.

AHIMA broke down the job postings by percentage looking for specific skills and the most sought is medical records administration skills at 75.29 percent. All the others dipped down into single digits with revenue cycle management coding and billing the second most frequent terms at 8.87 percent. Information technology and infrastructure followed at 6.24 percent and informatics/data analysis at 6 percent.

Education/communication and compliance/risk management rounded out the list at 2.40 percent and 1.20 percent, respectively.

AHIMA also found a notable increase in the job postings that were looking for healthcare privacy and security skills.

“It is important to not only meet current requirements, but also stay apprised of the future needs of the field,” AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon said. “Emerging careers such as information governance, informatics, and data analytics … is where we anticipate seeing the most growth for our profession.”

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