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Futuristic-Sounding Healthcare Careers Are Already Here

By Stephanie Stephens On Jun 29, 2022
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Here at Health eCareers, we’re obviously all about careers in healthcare and we’ve got them covered. It’s always thought-provoking to contemplate which roles will be prevalent in the coming years, as publication Design News did recently in an article about future healthcare jobs.

With a nod to that reporting, let’s consider what categories we could be adding to our career opportunities lists in the months and years to come.

  1. Synthetic Organ Designer: No, we are not talking about the musical instrument with a keyboard, but about human organs. More than a dozen companies such as France’s Carmat and America’s BioAesthetics, Nanofiber Solutions, and Organovo are working on synthetic organs.

Bryce Rutter, the founder and CEO of Metaphase Design Group told Design News that in his lifetime, building and 3D printing of body parts will be routine. In terms of jobs, the team will include industrial designers, scientists, and mechanical engineers. This leads us to…

  1. On-Site 3D Printing Engineer: Design News also talked to Mark Wehde—chair of the Mayo Clinic Division of Engineering, fellow of the Mayo Clinic Academy of Educational Excellence, and assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.

He says 3D printing of anatomical models isn’t just an imaginary objective any longer, as the Mayo Clinic has been doing it for several years now. He says they have approximately twenty-four printers (the human kind) and more than ten engineering experts working on it.

Reimbursement, or the lack thereof, remains an issue for the field. Design News reports, “While an FDA-approved 3D-printed joint implant or bone fixator may be reimbursed, 3D models of a patient’s anatomy and professional fees often are not.” However, the American Medical Association is actively working to change the situation, the story said.

  1. Artificial Intelligence (AI) Expert: Seems as though everyone’s talking about AI these days, and with good reason, as it can automate time-consuming tasks and analyze big patient data sets, says Design News. Global professional services company Accenture says key clinical health AI applications can potentially create $150 billion in annual savings for the United States.

Despite the potential economic impact, these jobs aren’t ubiquitous yet. Wehde says the Mayo Clinic has hired dozens of AI professionals, and he surmises that’s typical of other academic medical centers, but probably not regional and smaller healthcare centers—they’ll likely catch up as AI becomes more mainstream.

Global management firm McKinsey & Company reported in 2020 that AI “can increase productivity and the efficiency of care delivery and allow healthcare systems to provide more and better care to more people. AI can help improve the experience of healthcare practitioners, enabling them to spend more time in direct patient care and reducing burnout.”

That report says multiple workforce roles will result from the confluence of medical and data science experts, and designers “will help create new workflows that integrate AI.” Other careers will include data architects and leaders in data governance and data ethics.

It also means the healthcare staffing industry will need to pivot: “There will be an urgent need for health systems to attract and retain such scarce and valuable talent,” McKinsey & Company reports. “For example, by developing flexible and exciting career paths and clear routes to leadership roles.”

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