There has never been a better time in the history of
healthcare IT to decide to become an independent consultant! However, the
decision to become an independent consultant is not one to be made lightly.
While it is true that independent consultants typically enjoy higher income
potential than their counterparts in hospitals or at vendors, the demands of
travel and time away from friends and family are aspects to consider. It
truly is a balance that must be achieved to be successful.
If you enjoy working with a variety of people and the thought of experiencing different work environments, you may enjoy being a consultant! You can expect to experience many different work environments, travel around the country and
be exposed to something that is different from your current day to day. While some assignments may allow you to work from a
home office, or commute to a client site one or two weeks a month, you can
expect to travel on Sunday or Monday morning and be at the client site until
Thursday or Friday.
The role of AIDHIT is to guide, support, encourage and unite
professional HIT workers who have chosen to be independent. Our online
community provides a comprehensive resource on all aspects of running a small
business, as well as benefits, forums for the exchange of ideas, and TheHITHub
for job postings from screened and vetted third party consulting companies.
For more information on the realities of getting a healthcare IT job if you are not familiar with Healthcare, Shahid N. Shah, The Healthcare IT Guy, has a great blog about switching into this field here.
If you are looking to just get into the field of healthcare IT, Mr. Shah was interviewed about the subject. His video interviews are here.