The health IT market is poised to see a continuous growth in employment opportunities in the coming years, according to a report by MedZilla, a job search website for the health care industry, Healthcare IT News reports.
The report cites data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimating that the number of health IT jobs will rise by 20% between 2008 and 2018, exceeding the average expected growth rate for all jobs through 2018.
According to the MedZilla report, the demand for health IT professionals is on the rise in part because of federal health IT incentive programs. Under the 2009 federal economic stimulus package, health care providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health record systems can qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments.
Del Johnston, manager of client relations at MedZilla, said the convergence of different industries also is contributing to the creation of new employment opportunities. He said, "Health IT is a perfect example of this. Here you have two, previously separate industries that are rapidly growing into one another. Where the two meet you have an opportunity to explore a completely new labor pool" (Monegain, Healthcare IT News, 12/8).