Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Staff Shortage Threatens Health IT Momentum

HIMSS Analytics data shows healthcare IT staffs have grown from 24 full-time equivalents in 2008 to 35 FTEs in 2012.

This growth has been driven by more systems being deployed as well as IT being involved with federal mandates such as meaningful use. And while staff may be increasing the workload is increasing more rapidly, leading to a fierce completion for talent.

"You have hospital boards applying pressure to CIOs to transform care, and yet the CIO doesn't have the talent to do it." - JoAnn Klinedinst, VP Professional Development, HIMSS
According to HIMSS Analytics Senior Director of Research Jennifer Horowitz, many hospitals are becoming "places where IT folks are getting experience and then getting lured away to other places that can pay them more money."

To avoid talent shortages and bidding wars, one strategy healthcare organizations are utilizing is low-cost on-demand SaaS services, such as analytics for proactive privacy breach detection, user access compliance and accounting of disclosures.

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Sources:
(a) Talent shortages threaten IT momentumwww.HealthcareITnews.com, 08/05/2013 -

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