-Health Care Team
Health Care Team A health care team is all of the people who provide care and services to patients. Every employee at a health care facility is a member of a health care team. Some members of the team, such as nurses and therapists, work directly with patients. Other members, like billing officers and maintenance staff, have very little contact with patients. The health care team also includes a patient's family and caregivers. Each member of a health care team has an important role. All members of the team must work as a cohesive unit to provide the best possible health care to patients.
Health Services Pathways There are many careers in health care. Each career is categorized into one of the following pathways, or areas: •Diagnostic Services - Careers in diagnostic services involve evaluating the health status of patients at a single point in time. Careers in diagnostic services include phlebotomists, electrocardiograph technicians, and medical laboratory technologists. •Therapeutic Services - Careers in therapeutic services involve improving the health status of patients over time. Careers in therapeutic services include medical assistants, nursing, and physicians. •Information Services - Careers in information services involve documenting patient care. Careers in information services include medical transcriptionists, medical records technicians, and medical librarians. •Support Services - Careers in support services involve creating an environment in which to provide patient care. Careers in support services include central supply workers, food services, and housekeeping.
Team Member Roles The roles of health care workers within a single pathway vary widely. For instance, in therapeutic services, a registered nurse has more advanced education and different responsibilities than a nursing assistant. Below is a list of specific careers that have multiple levels of job titles and job duties.