New technology and automation services in the healthcare industry will create a higher demand for professionally trained medical assistants, like those students at MCC.

“Technology, such as self-service registration kiosks, voice recognition equipment and remote monitoring can take the place of some employees and enable organizations to use staff elsewhere,” reports FierceHealthcare. “Predictive modeling programs can help determine staff scheduling needs and identify patient-flow logistic bottlenecks so that hospitals can reassign employees accordingly. Combined EHR/practice management systems can streamline billing and reduce the number of billing personnel needed.”

This may not sound like a good thing when it comes to jobs, but the growing use of technology and automation will actually create a higher need for medical assistants. Medical assistants who work in the administrative part of the healthcare industry will be needed to manage these new systems and they will be the human worker who accepts the intake information and data, ensuring that it gets properly charted.

More and more healthcare facilities are relying on medical assistants, who work as a hybrid professional between the clinical and administrative worlds of a medical facility. Clinical tasks require strict record keeping and insurance forms, which means healthcare employers need high quality medical assistants who can navigate the challenge world of the healthcare industry. Medical assistants work closely with doctors, nurses and other medical professionals in helping to provide care to patients in different types of healthcare facilities, ranging from hospitals to specialized clinics.