Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Increased Health IT Hiring Brings Challenges

According to the first HIMMS Analytics Health IT Workforce Study, 79% of organizations are hiring.

But Jennifer Horowitz, senior director of HIMSS Analytics, says "as healthcare organizations become increasingly sophisticated with their IT initiatives, human resource leaders are experiencing a new set of hiring challenges"

"HIMSS researchers showed how these shortages are sometimes having an unwelcome effect of health IT initiatives' forward motion."
- Healthcare IT News
These challenges include putting IT initiatives on hold: approximately one-third of healthcare providers indicated delaying an IT initiative owing to staffing shortages. Many noted that this could create risks to patient care and revenue generation.

A lack of qualified IT workers was the biggest challenge to full staffing and one solution to this is outsourcing. Seventy-six percent of provider respondents currently utilize a service rather than hiring directly and 93 percent plan to outsource in the next year. Such services include low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics for proactive privacy breach detection and user access compliance/attestation reporting.

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Sources:
(a) 79 percent of IT organizations hiring - www.HealthcareITNews.com, 07/12/2013

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