Health IT is still experiencing growing pains. After its most recent annual leadership survey found staffing difficulties cited as a major barrier to implementing IT initiatives in health care organizations, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) created a new workforce survey.
After 224 hospital and health care system IT executives were queried, the results included the following points of concern:
To pursue needed staff, the organizations in the survey plan to use or are using professional development opportunities (61 percent), and other perks like telecommuting or tuition reimbursement. Outsourcing, however, also remains a significant initiative staffing strategy: 76 percent report that they currently outsource services, and 93 percent will do so in the next year.
An article at Healthcare-Informatics.com includes a somewhat despairing suggestion from an industry consultant that health care organizations might partner with universities to develop a larger talent pool for the mid- to long-term future.