Health IT Workers Still in High Demand, Survey Finds

August 22, 2014 in News

A majority of health care organizations say they plan to hire at least one full-time IT worker during the next year, according to a survey from HIMSS Analytics, Healthcare IT News reports.

Survey Details

For the 2014 HIMSS Workforce Survey, HIMSS Analytics interviewed 200 individuals representing health care consulting organizations, providers and vendors from May 2014 to June 2014.

HIMSS Analytics is the research arm of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. 

Survey Findings

The survey found more than 84% of respondents reported hiring at least one full-time health IT staff member in the past year, compared with 86% in 2013.

Overall, the survey found that health IT workers will continue to be in high demand over the next 12 months, with 82% of respondents saying their organizations planned to hire at least one full-time health IT staff member over the next year, compared with 79% in 2013 (Monegain, Healthcare IT News, 8/22).;

Of those health care provider organizations looking to hire within the next year:

  • 58% plan to hire clinical application support staff;
  • 35% plan to hire IT security staff;
  • 34% plan to hire IT help desk staff;
  • 32% plan to hire IT management staff; and
  • 21% plan to hire clinical informaticists.

Despite the positive hiring forecast, 13% of respondents from health care provider organizations reported laying off health IT staff in the past year, compared with 8% in 2013 (HIMSS Analytics survey, August 2014).

In addition, researchers found that:

  • A higher percentage of respondents than in 2013 said their organizations were interested in either training current employees or hiring recent graduates to fill needed positions (Healthcare IT News, 8/22);
  • 85% of respondents said their organizations faced barriers to meeting their health IT staff needs, with the majority citing a lack of qualified talent (HIMSS Analytics survey, August 2014); and
  • Health care organizations identified IT recruiters and executive search firms as the most effective way for recruiting good health IT staffing candidates.

HIMSS Analytics also found that 70% of health care organizations reported plans to outsource at least one health IT service area over the next year, compared with 93% in 2013 (Healthcare IT News, 8/22).

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