Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Health IT Job Growth Underestimated

Analysis of online job postings confirms health IT job growth has exceeded projections, driven by the HITECH Act.

Schwartz et al estimated 48% of job growth was due to HITECH, with the remainder due to growth that would have continued at historical trends prior to HITECH. Other interesting findings between 2007-2011 included health IT jobs growing from 0.75% to nearly 2.5% of all healthcare job postings, a four-fold increase in the number of jobs posted.

"Reports show that the job market for those working with electronic health record (EHR) and related systems continues to be strong for employees and challenging for employers."
- William Hersh, MD, Professor and Chair, OHSU
Other reports show organizations are hiring and maintaining more health IT staff. But Towers Watson found organizations had problems attracting and retaining experienced IT employees, 67% and 38%, respectively. About 80% of providers reported the lack of fully qualified staff as a barrier to achieving organizational IT goals.

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(a) Further Evidence That Health IT Job Growth Has Been Underestimated, and Some Ramifications -, 10/09/2013
(b) Schwartz et al. Tracking labor demand with online job postings: the case of health IT workers and the HITECH Act -, 2013

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