Are Health IT Employers More Likely To Hire IT Workers With Health Care Industry Experience?

Ninety percent of health care professionals surveyed said they strongly agree or agree that health IT employers are more likely to hire IT workers with health care industry experience and knowledge, according to a recent American Society of Health Informatics Managers survey.

Ten percent of survey respondents said they did not agree and that only IT skills matter when hiring to fill health care IT positions.

Meanwhile, 96% of respondents said they believe that 50,000 to more than 200,000 new jobs for health IT workers will be created between now and 2015, according to the survey.

Results are based on a survey of 135 health professionals.

Source: ASHIM, "HIT Jobs Survey"

Tom Rodgers
This isn't suprising at all. You need people who understand the challenges of trying to modify workflows and behavior in healthcare settings...Speaking of hiring people with healthcare industry experience, one of our portfolio companies is looking to hire a VP/Sr. Dir of Product management who has relevant experience developing and commercializing hardware/software solutions for the LTC/Home Health/physicians office space. Let me know if you know anyone who might be interested and a good fit.
Paul Simms
David Brailer, MD, Ph.D. was the first Health Information Czar for HHS, to promote “interoperability”. His argument then was that “collaboration meant interoperability". This is the standard that the EMR industry must meet - a standard that was historically opposed by CIO's seeking exclusivity as the basis for control of competitive growth. "Meaningful use" is being redefined now that this theme is fully understood. in the early 1980's, I ran the beta site for the first electronic medical record system of the United States in San Diego County (COSTAR), designed by NCHSR. Thirty years later, we know that productivity will initially decline with electronic medical records, that EMRs will generate more reimbursement for health plans than physicians, and that managing chronic diseases wirelessly will enhance financial outcome - but this requires connectivity with the patient and the physician. Increased provider payments should be connected to better chronic disease management.
Kim Slocum
I've been in health care for 30+ years and associated with HIT for 15+. I've learned that it's a whole lot easier to teach someone who understands health care something about IT than it is to each an IT professional about health care. This mostly isn't about the "boxes and wires" but rather about human behavior, economics and policy issues.
Jeff Brandt
This could be a major problem for the Healthcare industry. It is also limits Healthcare to get the best people available for the job and to get a different perspective on issues an problems. HIT is behind in the implementation of information technology. Could this be because their unwillingness to reach outside of their domain. Jeff Brandt

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