Thursday, October 4, 2012

Demand Persists for Experienced Health IT Staff

Last month, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) published findings that "IT Staff Shortages Persist at Healthcare Organizations." Here are some key snippets from that press release:

The survey, conducted by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, showed that staff shortages are continuing to trouble IT executives. The most recent survey, conducted in July, found a higher percentage of respondents (67 percent) reporting shortages than two years ago, when a similar CHIME survey found 59 percent of respondents reporting staffing shortages.

The 2012 survey also sought to assess the impact of the new national Health IT Workforce Development program, developed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology for the purpose of providing non-degree health IT training programs that can be completed in six months or less. The 2012 survey found that 68 percent of respondents are aware of the community college and university-based training programs, which have graduated 8,000 by July 2012. However, the new training programs have yet to significantly impact staffing needs, with only 12 percent of responding CIOs reporting that program graduates have been hired.

Read the full survey report here (PDF).

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