Medical facilities are relying more and more on data and medical records, which is helping to drive up demand for professionally trained medical assistants.

“The increasing demand for better access to healthcare, governmental initiatives to equip hospitals with [Healthcare Information System] and the advent of innovative technologies are the major factors driving global healthcare information system market,” reported SB Wire in an article forecasting the future growth of the global healthcare information system market. “North America is leading the market due to huge potential consumer base and healthcare reforms such as Obamacare which has invested USD 25.9 billion in 2012 to support healthcare settings to adopt healthcare information system across the nation.”

The healthcare industry is becoming more dependent on data and medical records, and medical assistants play an important role in helping to gather, maintain and organize medical records. Medical assistants can work on both the clinical and administrative sides of a healthcare facility, and many will be required to work with computer programs that are designed to track patient care and medical history.

The growth of healthcare information systems will also help medical facilities become more efficient. “Healthcare Information Systems are of great help in enhancing the productivity of healthcare facilities by reducing medical errors, streamlining work flow of hospitals and reducing operating costs,” the article stated.

The demand for medical assistants is rising, especially as more and more healthcare facilities rely on information systems that will require a professionally trained medical assistant who can operate the systems and maintain important medical records.