Healthcare management professionals may or may not be from a medical science (MBBS, BDS, AYUSH, Nursing, Paramedics) background and the vast majority of health care managers are highly trained leaders who make sure that the business side of the health care organization run as smoothly as possible.
Due to low awareness, many students who first hear about the healthcare management profession immediately and wrongly assume that they must have some medical qualification to be considered as a good candidate. While some health care managers were or currently are nurses, physicians, technicians or other direct care providers, the majority are not. Most are highly skilled managers and administrators who have the skills and knowledge to lead the entire operations within health care facilities.
Health care managers are people who are responsible for the operations of hospitals, other health care facility dealing with issues such as staffing, management of employees, finances, human resources, managing health care reform and many other management details. It is their job to understand changes to the face of health care, like electronic medical records, healthcare mandates, changing health laws, and the business development and marketing of services. By understanding these issues, they can work with care providers to make sure that the highest possible care is being provided.
Medical science deal with direct patient care/ and or cure contrary to healthcare managers who are not expected to handle clinical care. It can be helpful to have a rudimentary understanding of the health care services that each health care manager’s organization provides, it does not need to be a detailed understanding. Most managers will know the services, procedures and therapies, products offered at their facility but do not need to know specifically how they work.
The closest most health care managers come to direct patient care is to manage patient outcomes. This involves monitoring patient outcome trends to make sure that patient care is running as smoothly as possible and the hospital or other facility is maintaining a high standard of care. If a health care manager uncovers a problem area in direct care they would bring this to the attention of the department head or other direct care provider to improve the patient outcomes. Sometimes this process will involve the help of the manager, but not always.
However, there are exceptions and some trained health care managers are doctors who choose to manage their own practice, public health providers who wanted to better understand how manage others in the organization or nurses who fill positions such as Director of Nursing. These individuals will balance the management skills to lead as well as the direct care knowledge to assist patients.
Hence a basic degree from any discipline with decent academic credentials coupled with a passion and strong urge to learn and excel in Healthcare industry would more than suffice to enter into a PG Healthcare Management Program.