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4 strategies to hire the best health IT pros

There’s a lot of focus placed on recruiting and retaining doctors and nurses in hospitals. But it’s just as important to attract the right kinds of professionals in other areas as well – particularly in your facility’s IT department. 

With all the pending healthcare technology initiatives from the feds, including an increased focus on interoperability with electronic health records (EHR) systems, it’s crucial to have the right people leading your IT team.

Facilities must do what they can to attract new employees who have experience working with secure, confidential electronic health information and who understand the unique challenges of hospital IT.

Finding top-quality employees

If your hospital is looking to fill an IT vacancy or expand the department to keep up with new healthcare technology developments (e.g., the expansion of the Internet of Things), be sure to keep these four factors in mind, courtesy of

  1. Focus on quality instead of quantity. If your facility is conducting a wide search for potential IT employees, it’ll likely be more difficult to weed through all the resumes you receive. Hours or days could be spent filtering through applications to find candidates with the right skills and experience. Rather than advertising openings on general job boards and sites first, consider looking for new employees using niche sites and social media platforms (e.g., LinkedIn) specifically catered to employing health IT professionals. This narrows down your job pool at the start, which may make it easier to target the employees you need.
  2. Be proactive when hunting for candidates. Often, hospitals and health systems simply post an online advertisement in a forum or job-seeker website, and they think that’s enough work to fill a position. However, to find the most qualified IT candidates, hospitals must do a bit more legwork. Using social media and niche sites, hospital hiring pros can search for potential candidates who have a specific skillset and type of experience – and reach out to them before they even apply for a job.
  3. Extend the candidate search to other markets. Don’t just limit your search to health IT pros who live locally. Because it can sometimes be hard to find the right fit for specialized positions, it’s key to cast a wide net when looking for potential hires. Try to target candidates in areas where there may not be as many opportunities for employment in health IT, and if they’re far away, offering them relocation assistance may be just the push they need to consider working for your hospital.
  4. Use current employees to find new workers. Employee referrals are some of the best ways to find qualified job candidates in a variety of industries, and the same rule is true for health IT. Tap into the networks of existing IT professionals to find potential candidates. From colleagues at previous hospital jobs to peers they met at health IT conferences, your employees have many professional connections at their disposal. Use them to your advantage when recruiting new staff.

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