HIT is a broad field that encompasses different specialties. For example, a healthcare information technologist focuses on maintaining accurate patient records that meet medical privacy regulations. In this position, you ensure the accuracy of medical codes and enter patient data and physician notes.
Meanwhile, HIT analysts work on the systems and databases where this information is stored. In addition to ensuring security, HIT analysts manage workflow and create the systems that allow healthcare providers to securely access relevant information for each patient.
Analysts work with clinical applications specialists, who create, customize and deploy tools that healthcare providers use to access and record patient data.
Finally, health informatics specialists, who are often licensed healthcare professionals (such as registered nurses), analyze data and find ways to improve patient treatment and outcomes based on their findings.