A new study by Texas State University-San Marcos' department of health information management found that Texas will need 6,500 more health IT workers than previously estimated, the Austin Business Journal reports.
According to the study, the state will need 10,000 more health IT workers by 2013. Previous estimates said the state would need 3,500 additional health IT workers between 2010 and 2015, but the new study calls that figure "grossly inaccurate."
The report states, "Given the results of this study, it is apparent the current Texas [health IT] workforce is insufficient to meet the needs" of the state. It adds, "Bridging this gap will require a collaborative effort between employers, educational providers, public organizations and others to develop and implement a plan of action" (Austin Business Journal, 4/4).