Shortage of Health IT Professionals Imperils Health Care Reform Effort
In an iHealthBeat report by Kenny Goldberg, experts discussed the implications of the recent dearth of health IT professionals, and what some companies are doing to address it.
By the end of this year, there will be a national shortfall of 51,000 qualified health IT professionals. With the shortage, medical centers have to compete for talent -- particularly in rural areas, where it's harder to attract qualified workers.
To prime the pump of information technology jobs, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has provided millions of dollars in grants to beef up training and education programs at colleges and universities.
The report includes comments from:
- Russell Branzell, executive director of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives;
- Jennifer Horowitz, senior director of research at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society;
- Randy McCleese, CIO at St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Moorhead, Ky.;
- Sheri Stoltenberg, CEO of Stoltenberg Consulting in Pennsylvania; and
- Veronica Zaman, vice president of corporate human resources and learning for Scripps Health in San Diego (Goldberg, iHealthBeat, 4/9/14).
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