Think of all the ongoing changes in the healthcare industry, particularly the challenges of staffing the IT component of a facility.
You’d think with the budget cuts happening even within hospitals and clinics that the big roadblock to hiring IT professionals would point to a lack of budget.
For once, it isn’t all about the money: it’s the lack of a qualified pool of IT professionals.
The shortfall is within a few choice areas, like clinical decision support, network and architecture support, and clinical informatics professionals.
This, according to the recent 23rd Annual HIMSS Leadership (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) survey.
The opinions came from over 300 technology professionals in the healthcare industry; the survey specifically queried them about the use of IT professionals in their organizations.
…one-quarter of respondents said adequate staffing resources within their organizations is the top barrier to IT implementation…two thirds…said their IT staff will increase in the next year…(for) achieving meaningful use and ICD-10 (coding of medical conditions and treatments); participating in health information exchanges (HIEs); addressing security concerns and IT governance.
Not forgotten is the mandate by the federal government for healthcare providers to move toward delivering quality patient care by investing in IT; too, the cavalry call is also for a more cost efficient outcome.
All in all, over three-quarters of the IT people surveyed said, “…these were the business issues that would drive healthcare forward.”
The report issued by HIMSS Analytics said that over two thirds of the respondents expect IT staffing to increase next year.