Healthcare leaders have to stay ahead of a lot of pain points: rising costs, new models of care and data security concerns—to name a few. And as the industry continues to inch toward digitization, project managers who have strong people skills to collaborate with stakeholders can distinguish themselves from other candidates.
“In a world where complexity is growing and data is overflowing, there's a real demand for project managers who are great at communicating, filtering data and passing the right information along to stakeholders and team members,” says Francesco Bellifemine, director of IT operations and product developments, healthcare and smart cities division, Exprivia, Molfetta, Italy.
—Francesco Bellifemine, Exprivia, Molfetta, Italy
Chances to translate data into actionable insight—for providers, payers, patients, governments and other healthcare companies—abound. Tools such as robotic process automation, cloud computing, AI and virtual reality are just some of the technologies that show promise for disrupting healthcare, according to Deloitte. Both private and public organizations are taking note and funding ambitious programs to modernize legacy systems. The U.K. government recently committed £37.5 million to tackle Britain's health challenges through digital innovation hubs, while Australia is rolling out My Health Record, which will centralize patient health records across healthcare entities.
To turn those project plans into reality, organizations are looking to hire project talent—and fast. Healthcare is ranked second for projected job growth, according to a survey by the Association of Executive Search Consultants, behind only the technology sector. In the United States, healthcare has seen the biggest percentage increase for project-oriented jobs, according to PMI's Project Management Job Growth and Talent Gap Report 2017-2027.
My Health Record, a recent rollout of the government of Australia. Below, Royal London Hospital in London, England
PHOTO COURTESY OF AUSTRALIAN DIGITAL HEALTH AGENCY