The non-profit Institute for Healthcare Information Technology (IHIT) had Porter Research perform a research study to get insight from Georgia’s healthcare providers — Hospitals, Healthcare Systems and Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers — regarding IT workforce readiness, specifically to learn about their unique challenges related to IT job fulfillment.
The research project included reaching out to more than 3,000 key professionals employed at healthcare providers located throughout the State of Georgia to answer the following questions…
» What are the most significant issues healthcare providers face in recruiting healthcare IT workers?
» Where are they concentrating their job recruitment efforts?
» What role – and at what level – can the educational system play in addressing the significant workforce development issues identified by survey participants?
Some key takeaways based upon survey responses found the following:
- More than 80% of respondents stated their IT budget will increase over the next five years, with the top priority areas for IT spending being:
- Electronic Medical Records (EMRs)
- Cyber Security
- Medical Device Integration
- Almost half (48%) of respondents stated their organizations are currently using Telemedicine technologies and have plans to “expand” their usage in the future.
- 43% of respondents stated their organizations are currently using Mobile Health technologies and have plans to “expand” their usage in the future.
To read the Georgia Healthcare IT Workforce Needs for Healthcare Providers whitepaper, which includes proposed recommendations to improve training for the healthcare IT workforce, click below.