Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Health IT Worker Shortage Eased by Service Providers

A PwC Health Research Institute study finds the health IT worker shortage is greater than previously thought.

"According to PwC, competition for talented HIT professionals has intensified as the industry works to meet new regulatory requirements and business goals. Organizations are discovering they must work with -- rather than independently of -- industry counterparts to achieve common goals for healthcare quality."

"Under pressure to meet requirements for electronic health records and avoid penalties, hospitals, physicians and other caregivers have the greatest need for IT specialists in the health sector."
-PwC Health Research Institute
"Nearly 80 percent of global healthcare CEOs surveyed expect to increase technology investments in 2013." - PwC Health Research Institute
"The challenge for healthcare is not just a shortage of people with technical skills. It's also a shortage of people with the skills to marry technological savvy with business strategy as healthcare becomes more connected, coordinated and accountable," said Daniel Garrett, principal and PwC's Health Information Technology practice leader. The benefits of HIT will not be realized until organizations can ensure information is unlocked and integrated in a way to best inform critical business and clinical decision-making."

Insurers and other organizations are offering providers technology-related services, especially in the area of analytics, to fill the gap IT staff shortages create.

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Sources:
(a) Health IT Worker Shortage Looms - Healthcare IT News, 03/12/2013
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(b) Solving the Talent Equation for Health IT - PwC, March 2013

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