As care models shift from fee-based services to value-based care, and patients increasingly become consumer-oriented, the need for skilled technology professionals well-versed in healthcare is becoming critical.
Not only do HIT professionals need to understand the ins and outs of information technology, but they also need to have an understanding of HIT roles, the ways ongoing changes in healthcare will impact payers, providers and infomediaries, patient behavior, privacy concerns for sensitive data, clinical considerations and more. The Affordable Care Act, ICD-10, health insurance exchanges, electronic health records and data integration across multiple platforms are just a few of the challenges facing HIT workers today.
HIT Staffing Shortages Are on the Horizon
Nearly 80 percent of top healthcare executives anticipated increases in technology investments in 2013. At the same time, 67 percent of providers said they were experiencing IT staff shortages, while 59 percent feared these challenges would impact their ability to receive meaningful use incentives.
Healthcare is a complex topic to master. Finding a skilled IT professional who also has a firm grasp on healthcare isn’t easy, and various health sectors are competing for certain specialists. Because of this, many companies are finding it difficult to appropriately staff HIT positions, and many choose to recruit talent from outside the healthcare industry.
HIT Training to Ease the Staffing Shortage
For payers, providers and other healthcare businesses to bridge the HIT staffing gap, it’s important to have a means to educate IT professionals, and keep them abreast of an industry that’s constantly in flux.
emids recently made its own HIT onboarding programs available to individuals and businesses to meet this need. 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
Visit http://aspire.emids.com to learn more.
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