Demand for Health Care Services Creates IT Skills Gap

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A survey of chief information officers (CIOs) at health care companies has found that the industry is facing a shortage of applicants who have the right qualifications on their resume


According to the report released by the College of Health Care Information Management Executives (CHIME), 67% of hospitals or health care operations said they are dealing with a shortage of IT staff. Respondents said they are particular need of specialists who can implement and support clinical applications, such as electronic health records (EHRs) and computerized order entry systems, Computer World reports.

Even with two years of focused attention on implementing electronic health records at the nation’s hospitals in response to federal incentives, it’s clear that staffing is a significant concern for IT executives,Randy McCleese, vice president of information systems and CIO at St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Kentucky, told the news outlet. “Staff needs aren’t likely to abate over the next couple years, as CIOs continue to push to achieve meaningful use targets and switch to ICD-10-compliant applications.”

Westwood College in California is just one of many postsecondary institutions that are answering the call to fill the growing health care technology skills gap. The college recently launched the School of Health Care at each of its 4 campuses. The school will feature 3 primary degree and diploma programs including medical office management for those interested in business administration, medical insurance coding and billing and medical assisting. 
California is currently outpacing the nation when it comes to demands to find qualified health care applicants with the number of industry jobs expected to increase in the state 27% by 2020.

You many want to take an online aptitude test to determine if you currently have necessary skills needed to enter the emerging health care field, or if you will need additional postsecondary training.

Meanwhile, if you are looking for a career in health care in Tennessee, hospital giant HCA is expected to create more than 2,000 health care administration and technology jobs over the next 5 years in Nashville as it expands its business solutions and research operations.

The health care company said it will build two new offices for its Parallon Business Solutions and the Sarah Research Institute, which will double the size of its workforce by 2017. HCA provides services, including staffing management, purchasing, technology solutions and supply chain operations, to 162 hospitals and 112 freestanding surgery centers in 20 states and the UK.

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