Reports Predict Increase in Demand for Health Care IT Workers


Recent reports predict an increase in demand for health IT workers and highlight health care organizations' health IT priorities, eWeek reports.

According to a February report by the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, 3.2 million new health care jobs will be created between 2008 and 2018 -- more new jobs than for any other industry. That job growth is expected to include gains for the health IT sector.

Meanwhile, a January survey of 398 members of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society found that 42% of respondents said their most pressing concern for 2010 was meeting "meaningful use" criteria in order to receive subsidies from the 2009 federal stimulus package.

Thirty-five percent of respondents noted that they plan to implement fully functional electronic medical records, and 27% said they would focus on installing computer order entry systems.

In addition, 38% of respondents anticipated that federal issues would have the largest impact of any business issue in 2010, compared with 6% who identified federal issues in the survey a year earlier.

A third report -- conducted by the American Society of Health Informatics Managers -- found that application support and training and EHR certification are anticipated to be the two largest areas of health IT job growth (Sears, eWeek, 3/21).

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