The Obama administration provided $783 billion in funding to set up state and regional Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) so that incompatible health care information systems can communicate. However, employees with the appropriate systems integration skills are still in short supply.
Dice.com's Leslie Stevens-Huffman reports that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health has spent $120 million on a work force development program to include health training at different academic levels, but the effort has produced lackluster results. Twenty-five percent of the 255 small, publicly funded HIEs report that they are short on staff. Only three of the exchanges found people who were trained in the ONC work force development program, while the majority are currently relying on consultants.