Uncertainty over what’s happening with Meaningful Use in the future—it’s critical that health IT staff members be aware of and understand the constant shifts and changes in the healthcare industry.
PwC’s Health Research Institute conducted a survey of payers and providers to uncover current trends and priorities regarding hiring health IT professionals. The research shows that having healthcare-specific knowledge is a must for IT professionals in the field.
When asked what skills were needed to achieve the organization’s HIT priorities, providers listed the following as top priorities:
- Clinical informatics—37 percent
- Systems and data integration—28 percent
- Other/don’t know—15 percent
- Technology and architecture support—10 percent
- Data statistics and analytics—9 percent
When asked the same question, payers responded that these were the top priorities:
- Systems and data integration—68 percent
- Data statistics and analytics—62 percent
- Technology and architecture support—52 percent
- Clinical informatics—52 percent
Payers also indicated that they want to become more relevant to providers by providing real-time analytics, health and wellness, ACO technologies, care management technologies.
The research also highlighted the fact that multiple health sectors in the industry have overlapping staffing needs, which means they are competing for a limited number of HIT-trained employees. In particular, these are the roles that providers, payers and pharmaceutical companies are all searching for:
- Big data/data integration specialist
- Systems analyst
- IT strategist
- Health information management and exchange specialist
- Programmer/software engineer
- Health information privacy and security specialist
- Partnership management
- Project/program manager
- Clinical/public health leader
Continued Education Gives HIT Professionals a Leg Up
The 2014 HIMSS Workforce Analytics Survey showed that while employers prefer hiring seasoned professionals with healthcare experience, they are more open to hiring current employees with appropriate qualifications or even new graduates. They also said their top technique for retaining current health IT staff was to invest in professional development opportunities. Unfortunately, survey respondents also said the biggest barrier to filling HIT staffing gaps was a lack of qualified local candidates.
To give payers, providers and other healthcare businesses a means to bridge the HIT staffing gap and educate IT professionals, emids provides a comprehensive HIT training tool that provides individuals and businesses the knowledge they need to become stronger players in HIT.
aspire HIT and aspire Provider are online certification courses developed by emids that provide detailed information to help HIT professionals stay ahead of the curve. Businesses can use the training to attract and retain superior talent, and keep company members apprised of industry changes with aspire’s annual content updates.
Course modules cover several industry topics including:
- Healthcare IT roles: providers, payers, infomediaries
- Revenue cycle management
- Healthcare data standards and trends
- Hospital information systems
- Patient care management
- Clinical support systems
- Practice management systems