Picture caption: Alaiya Melton
Working in healthcare was all the time the plan for Alaiya Melton. Ever since she was a child, she envisioned herself being a physician or a nurse. However after beginning faculty, she realized a change was vital.
Melton initially went to highschool to review radiography at Ball State College. Whereas she was nonetheless enthusiastic about healthcare, she rapidly realized direct affected person care wasn’t for her. So, she started researching completely different profession paths.
She discovered Indiana College Northwest, near her residence in Hobart, Indiana, which had a Well being Info Administration (HIM) program. Melton knew a few of her friends going there and was aware of the campus since her sister graduated from IU Northwest in 2019.
“I all the time knew I wished to work in healthcare, I simply didn’t know what side,” Melton stated. “I began researching radiography and I attempted doing that till I used to be like, ‘I can’t. I received to determine one thing else.’ That’s when I discovered HIM.”
Many individuals in Melton’s household work in schooling, however she had a cousin who has a level in well being administration. Melton talked to her in regards to the work she did, and it piqued Melton’s curiosity.
Well being info, primarily, is the enterprise aspect of healthcare. Whereas Melton respects the roles docs, nurses and different professionals in healthcare do working straight with sufferers, non-patient-facing jobs appeared like a greater match for her.
She nonetheless had a ardour for healthcare. She nonetheless wished to make a distinction.
For these trying to work in healthcare however don’t really feel like they’re in the appropriate job, Melton prompt taking a look at your choices. She began with an online search on the lookout for “non-patient-focused jobs in healthcare.” It helped lead her to a profession she doesn’t plan on leaving anytime quickly.
Careers in well being info mix medication, info administration and know-how to accumulate, analyze and shield sufferers’ medical info. Many new graduates begin their careers as analysts or coders. All of the technical elements of well being info sounded nice to Melton, as did the profession advantages.
“I regarded into HIM … and I fell in love with it,” Melton stated. “A number of professionals do have flex hours, so that you’re in a position to decide your schedule. I need to work distant, I need to decide my schedule.”
In the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, Melton couldn’t assist however develop a bit envious of individuals working from residence whereas she was working in retail at a mall. She was able to discover a job to set her up for the remainder of her life.
Leaping right into a thriving profession subject that pays effectively and permits her to do business from home? Well being info checked all of the containers.
And Melton made it her precedence to face out.
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By way of IU Northwest, Melton and one in all her classmates utilized and acquired internships throughout the Group Healthcare System working within the affected person monetary workplace. It was a chance Melton couldn’t go up. Not solely did she see what the day-to-day of working in well being info is like, however she hopes it should assist her land a job when she finishes her bachelor’s diploma in 2024.
“It was extraordinarily essential,” Melton stated of connecting her instructional expertise with the skilled expertise of her internship. “I used to be in a position to make use of my information from these courses and put it towards my present work. My boss is an HIM graduate, as effectively. So, I used to be in a position to go to her with any questions I had, and it actually helped me love my job much more.”
Whereas Melton takes her teachers and future profession significantly, she additionally recommends undergraduates to have enjoyable in faculty, mentioning the varied on-campus actions IU Northwest gives for its college students. She additionally prompt getting near your classmates; you by no means know when one in all your friends may help you discover a job sooner or later.
“Working on this occupation and dealing with individuals who perceive well being info administration, I like it,” Melton stated. “I received’t return to anything.”