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Meeting ‘meaningful use’ criteria will take an extra 50k bodies

Better get ready to ramp up hiring. Organizations wanting to meet the fed’s meaningful use goals are going to need more help. And a lot of it. That’s according to The Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT. Meaningful use, of course, is the set of criteria the government is requiring in order for health care organizations to get government incentives for using electronic health records (EHRs).

According to the report, an additional 50,000 IT workers will be needed nationwide to help health care providers get up to speed with EHRs. Unfortunately, those workers aren’t lined up looking to be hired — there’s a shortage of people with the needed skills.

In the meantime, health care organizations and the government are looking for ways to increase training of new IT workers so there are enough hands on deck to get the work done. Hospitals are also looking at alternate ways to make up the short fall, such as training existing staff so they have the needed skills and using remote hosting.

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