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Healthcare industry running low on IT workers

Here’s more evidence that the current job market will be good to those with skills and experience in health IT: Educators are saying healthcare tech training programs are failing to keep up with the demand for workers. 

That’s the message from several health IT education professionals quoted in a recent article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

While Minnesota has 14 accredited health IT degree programs, none of the state’s public colleges or universities have a four-year program in the field. Educators say more schools need to begin offering those programs if there will be enough professionals to meet the healthcare industry’s demand for IT professionals in the near future.

Just how many health IT workers will the U.S. need? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 12,000 and 50,000 new health IT jobs will be created in the next five years.

Many of those positions will be dedicated to helping hospitals and providers install and manage electronic health record (EHR) systems, billing and coding software, and other tech tools. There will also be a big demand for employees created by software vendors and IT consulting firms that work in the healthcare industry.

Of course, that creates a big challenge for healthcare organizations that need to find skilled IT workers. And it’s not just a problem in Minnesota, as organizations nationwide said in a recent survey that staffing shortages are the biggest obstacle to health IT adoption.

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  1. In response to the article about Healthcare industry running low on IT workers, I feel that programs in the state of Minnesota have trained many workers. The problem, as I see it, is that organizations are looking for staff who are trained on a specific vendors product and with experience. If organizations are not open to hiring workers who have successfully completed training programs then we will continue to have a shortage.