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3 Skills Every Healthcare Business Student Should Have

August 30, 2013 General 0 Comments

Skills For Healthcare Business StudentsConstantly changing and developing – that’s the nature of the healthcare business. New needs arise and new skillsets develop to meet those needs. Because of this, healthcare and business professionals are always adapting their knowledge and skills to new technology, practices and procedures, treatments and more.

But to get started in the healthcare business, students need to know the fundamentals. Here’s a list of skills that every healthcare student needs to work on.

1. Creativity

Writer Paul Guttry says that healthcare business managers are “under tremendous pressure to become more innovative, more productive, more accountable.”

And the key to meeting these other requirements is the innovation. Now more than ever, industries such as healthcare are emphasizing innovation. They are looking for young, creative leaders to manage their companies.

Innovative business leaders in healthcare know how to make effective decisions in this growing environment. They can provide creative solutions to problems, think outside of the box and “master not only managerial skills but also the complex forces affecting the sector,” according to Guttry. He especially emphasized organizational innovation and implementation.

He believes that innovative individuals can become more productive and more valuable in the workplace.

2. Technical Skills

Knowing how to use the Internet and other computer programs is incredibly important for today’s technology-driven world. Many hospitals and healthcare businesses are converting to computer-based filing systems. Knowing how to access, update and manage these systems is an essential skill for today’s healthcare business professionals.

Guttry notes that technology is also a good place to incorporate innovation.

3. Know the Basics of Business

Author Robert J. Solomon believes that a well-rounded knowledge of the basics of business is important for anyone working in medicine. His book, The Physician Manager’s Handbook, emphasizes this idea in an attempt to help healthcare business professionals with the management and leadership problems they might encounter. The book specifically addresses physicians, but is applicable to anyone pursuing business opportunities in the healthcare industry.

The foundational business skills he emphasizes include:

  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Negotiation

He also believes it is important for healthcare business professionals to know how to evaluate and lead employees. These types of managing skills can lead to quality improvement throughout the workplace.

As a student, you can start developing these skills and practice implementing them in your courses. Applying them now can help you turn them into habits rather than skills you need to continually practice. Learn more by exploring the healthcare programs at Briarcliffe College.


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