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).