HealthTech: What It Is and Why You Should Consider a Career in This Field

By Eric Hazucha, Sr. Recruiter

There’s no denying the fact that technology is transforming every aspect of our lives – and healthcare is no exception. The intersection of healthcare and technology has given rise to the HealthTech industry, a space that is rapidly revolutionizing how we approach healthcare. 

Put simply, HealthTech refers to the use of technology to improve health outcomes, patient care, and the overall healthcare experience. HealthTech includes a wide range of technologies, from electronic health records (EHRs) and telemedicine to wearable devices and mobile apps – many of which you may find yourself already using such as a Fitbit or Apple Watch, Headspace, MyFitnessPal, Clue, and Teladoc.

While still in its relative infancy, HealthTech advancements – including clinically evaluated software like MedRhythms, Better Therapeutics, and Applied VR – are improving patient outcomes, increasing efficiency, reducing costs, and advancing medical research. 

It comes as no surprise that this field is poised for substantial growth: it is expected to be a $809.2 billion industry by 2030. And for those considering new career paths – whether you’re just getting started with your career journey or looking to make a change – HealthTech provides a wide range of career opportunities, from software development and data analytics to medical device engineering and healthcare consulting. 

But the high growth and opportunity for a successful career are just part of the reason you should consider a HealthTech career. Here are two other key factors to consider:

1) Make a Difference: The Social Impact of HealthTech

While talking about industry growth and market size is important, it’s not the reason most people choose a career in healthcare.

Instead, it’s because it provides the opportunity to make a positive impact on people’s lives. And the same is true of a career in HealthTech, which would allow you to play a critical role in improving healthcare outcomes, increasing access to care, and advancing medical research.

Every day, the talent in HealthTech is positively affecting people’s lives with new and fascinating technologies that will only continue to advance over time. 

Specifically, HealthTech is making an impact on patients’ lives through:

Access to Care: Digital solutions are making healthcare more accessible to people in remote or underserved areas. Telemedicine, for example, allows patients to receive medical care from anywhere with an internet connection, while wearable devices and mobile apps enable patients to monitor their health and receive real-time guidance from healthcare providers.

Early Detection and Prevention: HealthTech solutions are helping people identify potential health problems earlier, which can lead to more effective treatments and better health outcomes. Wearable devices and mobile apps, for example, can track vital signs and provide alerts if something is outside the normal range, enabling people to take action before a problem becomes more serious.

Personalized Care: Software services are enabling healthcare providers to deliver more personalized care that is tailored to each patient’s specific needs. For example, electronic health records (EHRs) allow healthcare providers to access a patient’s medical history and other relevant information, enabling them to provide more personalized care.

Better Quality of Care: HealthTech solutions are also improving the quality of care by reducing medical errors, improving the accuracy of diagnoses, and enhancing communication between patients and healthcare providers. Electronic prescribing, for instance, reduces the risk of errors caused by illegible handwriting.

Reduced Healthcare Costs: Devices and apps are helping to reduce healthcare costs by improving preventative care, reducing hospital readmissions, and increasing healthcare efficiency. Wearable devices and mobile apps are both helping people manage chronic conditions more effectively, reducing the need for costly hospitalizations and other interventions.

As the HealthTech industry continues to evolve and innovate, we can expect even more positive changes that will help people live healthier, happier lives.

2) Be a Part of Something New: The Excitement of HealthTech

A career in HealthTech may also be rewarding because of the innovative, forward thinking cultures many of these companies enjoy. Being a part of something new and exciting can bring a level of energy that is a regular source of invigoration and meaning. 

A few ways this can come to life are:

Innovation and collaboration: One key aspect of HealthTech company culture is a focus on innovation and collaboration. Since HealthTech companies are often working on cutting-edge technologies and solutions to improve patient care and outcomes, a culture steeped in these principles is crucial as employees are encouraged to think creatively and work together to develop new ideas and solutions.

A shared sense of purpose: HealthTech companies also tend to have a strong focus on the mission, vision, and purpose. Being at the intersection of rapidly developing technology and healthcare, the work done in HealthTech can create a strong sense of mission and shared values among employees.

Diversity and Inclusion: HealthTech companies recognize that the healthcare industry serves a diverse population, and that diversity is important for developing solutions that are effective for all patients. As such, they are striving to create an inclusive workplace that values diverse perspectives and backgrounds. 

Ready to Take the Leap?

Without question, HealthTech is an exciting and rapidly growing field that offers a wide range of job opportunities and the potential to make a positive impact on people’s lives. So if you’re interested in technology and healthcare, a career in HealthTech might be the perfect fit for you. 

At Mix Talent, our HealthTech recruitment team has over 20 years of combined technical recruiting experience with a background in engineering and science. Whether you’re looking for a job in regulatory & quality, product, commercial, or engineering, we’re here to help you change your life and the lives of others.

Connect with us on LinkedIn and don’t hesitate to reach out anytime to start the conversation. 

About the Author

Eric Hazucha

Sr. Recruiter

Eric is an accomplished Senior Recruiter with over 8 years of professional experience across several verticals, including HealthTech, Engineering, and Life Sciences. During his tenure, he has helped positively impact candidates’ lives across the country by advancing their career paths and has built strong relationships with top tier clients along the way. Eric brings a personable approach to his recruitment, using his understanding of the job scope and the candidates’ needs, to ensure the highest success rate, and establish a continued candidate and client partnership. He is looking forward to expanding knowledge of the HealthTech space and make a difference!

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