Friday, April 11, 2014

Health IT Staff Shortage

The shortage of qualified healthcare IT professionals will negatively impact healthcare reform efforts, according to a report by iHealthBeat.

Thirty-one percent of healthcare organizations have put a project on hold owing to the difficulty of finding talent with IT as well a healthcare background, according to a HIMSS study.

"By the end of this year, there will be a national shortfall of 51,000 qualified health IT professionals."
- iHealthBeat.org
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has provided millions of dollars in grants for training and education programs. But healthcare organizations are taking more immediate steps to address staff shortages such as using using low-cost on-demand SaaS services. One example of this, for proactive detection of privacy breaches and user access compliance reporting, is SaaS analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) Shortage of Health IT Professionals Imperils Health Care Reform Effort - www.iHealthBeat.org, 04/09/2014

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