Compiling data and information for Web-based medical sites will be a growing job for medical assistants who specialize in administrative tasks.

“The roughly $19 billion in funding for health information technology included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act pretty much ensures that the adoption of EHRs will increase substantially in the coming years,” HML reported. The growing investment in electronic health records will also change the job of a medical assistant.

Medical assistants perform a variety of tasks, including verifying insurance records and recording patient payment, using various desktop publishing systems and computer software programs to maintain organized records. New federal health care regulations also require an understanding of electronic patient records and medical office administration professionals and assistants must understand how to access specific medical records that are requested by both insurance and medical professionals.

Each in-demand job in the medical field requires professional training, but unlike training to become a nurse, medical assistant training can be completed in a matter of months and is more affordable. Quality training and experience is offered at Milwaukee Career College and students of the medical assistant training program are learning the skills today’s healthcare employers are looking for.

In addition to having professional training as a medical assistant from a respected program like Milwaukee Career College, employers are also looking for applicants that have good people skills, are highly organized and can work in a variety medical environments. Trust and responsibility are also important qualities for a medical assistant to possess because they will be working closely with patient medical files and records. Experience with processing paperwork, filing, keeping records, or working in databases is also a plus.