October 25, 2010
Mary Helen Mays
An Overview of the Health Care Industry
Health care is a vast and ever changing industry. The role of a health care provider includes many different disciplines working together to meet the needs of their patients. Health care is an intricate and interactive hierarchy of medical occupations and providers all which share a common goal. That goal is to provide quality care, across the continuum of care, at every stage of a person’s life. These occupations combine their expertise and bring about the best possible outcomes.
The pharmaceutical companies are one of the most desirable occupations in health care today. It includes careers in chemistry, biology, engineering, phlebotomy, research and analization. The main reason for the growing popularity is the prestige and benefits these careers offer. Pharmaceutical careers include jobs in research, manufacturing, and sales. This wide range of occupations starts with entry level operators, all the way up the career ladder to the doctoral level biochemists researching new cancer treatments (2010). The research and development of a new medication is a lengthy process. In order to obtain FDA approval, a medication must be tested through a process of clinical trials. Clinical trials involve research into treatments and other interventions and measure their outcomes. Clinical trials have guidelines of who can participate. Participants must meet specific exclusion criteria which includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, previous treatment history, and other medical conditions. Some clinical trials require more doctor visits and undergo more testing that would be normal to treat a specific illness or condition. For all types of trials, the participants work with research teams. Clinical trial participation is successful when the protocol is carefully followed and is in frequent contact with the research...