As Healthcare IT (HIT) continues to develop, the need for skilled IT professionals is rapidly increasing, making this industry full of opportunities for those looking for work in 2013.  According to Rich Hein, a senior writer for CIO.com, 2013 will be a very active year for HIT with the integration of new technology.  Get ahead of the curve and be ready to offer your expertise as the following eight trends develop in 2013.

1. Mobile Healthcare

Mobile technology has significant potential to impact the future of healthcare, but there are big challenges when it comes to security and HIPPA privacy regulations. IT professionals who can offer solutions to these challenges will be in high demand.

2. Cloud Computing and Virtualization

Cloud computing and virtualization technology will help CIOs update infrastructure, so they will be on the lookout for IT professionals who can support this need.

3. Big Data/Clinical Data Analytics

Doctors use this technology to assess common illnesses and recovery rates for various procedures. It also allows hospitals to evaluate and understand population data. Hein points out that “the challenge—and the opportunity for IT pros with analytics skills—lies in finding efficient ways to store and maintain all this data while keeping it secure.”  Hospitals can also use data analytics to examine how resources are spent.

4. ICD-10 Compliance

ICD-10 (International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems) is a globally used diagnostic coding system. The U.S. healthcare system still uses ICD-9, and the mandatory transition to ICD-10 will create a big need for IT professionals with the right skills to step in and get the job done.

5. Meaningful Use

Meaningful Use is a multi-stage federal incentive program, and healthcare providers must ensure that technological obstacles don’t interfere with Stage 2 compliance. Some of the challenges that HIT faces with this program include information exchange and the requirement that patients must have access to their records through patient portals, Hein explains.

6. Patient Portals

Patient portals allow patients and providers to use EHRs to engage with each other. Meaningful Use requires providers to allow patients to access their data within thirty-six hours of a hospital stay, so these systems need to be developed.

7. Telemedicine

According to Hein, some consultations will start happening over the phone, and the need is also increasing for “video presence augmented by sophisticated medical devices.”

8. Data Breach Prevention

As data breaches are on the rise, security is a serious concern. Many healthcare providers have recently reported data breaches, and they can often be traced back to mobile device usage.

What healthcare IT trends do you see developing in 2013? Learn more at CIO.com.