News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | February 21, 2017

New HIMSS Leadership and Workforce Survey notes health IT continues as bright spot in the economy even as EHR adoption matures

HIMSS Leadership and Workforce Survey, HIMSS17, electronic medical records, EMR, health information technology

February 21, 2017 — A new study from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), unveiled at the 2017 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, reinforces the positive impact health information technology (IT) has on the U.S. economy while signaling challenges ahead for the expansion of health IT’s footprint. 

Weaving together two historically seminal HIMSS research efforts (the annual HIMSS Leadership Survey and the biennial HIMSS Workforce Study), the new HIMSS Leadership and Workforce Survey report details the health IT priorities of key stakeholder groups and their linkages to various strategic initiatives (e.g. employment of select IT leaders) and economic measures (e.g. workforce projections). In an era of maturing electronic health record (EHR) adoption, the study finds health IT leaders continue to report positive market growth metrics. Yet, health IT staffing structures and experiences in provider sites outside the hospital, coupled with their unique clinical IT priorities, point to a need to address the challenges faced by these types of providers in order to propel the sector’s growth.

“Health IT continues to be a bright spot in the U.S. economy,” said Lorren Pettit, vice president, health information systems and research for HIMSS. “Health IT workers continue to see strong demand for their skills, as employers across the provider and vendor/consultant spectrum embrace various health IT strategic initiatives. But the specific hurdles faced by some sectors suggest that the health IT field will need to creatively address its expansion outside the hospital walls.” 

Key findings include: 

  • Demand for health IT talent leaves employers struggling. The majority of health IT employers (61 percent of vendors/consultants and 43 percent of providers) have positions they are looking to fill. The findings suggest the demand for health IT workers is strong, as evidenced by the fact that only 32 percent of vendors / consultant organizations, and 38 percent of provider organizations, claim they are fully staffed;
  • The majority of health IT employers grew or at least maintained the size of their IT workforce over the past year. Sixty-one percent of vendors/consultants and 42 percent of providers reported IT staffing increases, and the majority of respondents across both groups expect to further increase or hold steady over the next year;
  • IT budgets continue to rise. Although projections are not uniform between the two groups, the majority of providers (56 percent) and vendors/consultants (87 percent) project increases in their IT budgets this year;
  • A significant disconnect exists between providers and vendors/consultants on certain select clinical IT priorities – notably electronic health records (EHRs). Vendors/consultants seem to be “moving on” to other issues, whereas providers appear to be wrestling with how to best leverage their existing EHR investments; and
  • However, the stakeholder groups are generally aligned on the biggest priorities facing those leveraging clinical IT, including privacy/security, care coordination, culture of care and population health. 

The 2017 Leadership and Workforce Survey reflects the responses of 368 U.S. health IT leaders between late November 2016 and early January 2017.

Download the complete report.

For more information: www.himssconference.org


Related Content

News | HIMSS

February 29, 2024 — The Healthcare Information Management Systems Society, HIMSS, recently announced it HIMSS 2024 ...

Time February 29, 2024
arrow
News | Artificial Intelligence

February 28, 2024 — DeepHealth, one of the leading providers of radiology informatics and AI solutions, and Incepto ...

Time February 28, 2024
arrow
News | Radiology Business

February 28, 2024 — Royal Philips has announced the proposal to appoint Charlotte Hanneman as member of the Board of ...

Time February 28, 2024
arrow
News | Artificial Intelligence

February 27, 2024 — As artificial intelligence (AI) is increasingly used in radiology, researchers caution that it’s ...

Time February 27, 2024
arrow
News | Enterprise Imaging

February 26, 2024 — Hyland Healthcare, a leading global provider of intelligent content and enterprise imaging solutions ...

Time February 26, 2024
arrow
Feature | HIMSS | Christine Book

February 26, 2024 — This year’s Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society HIMSS Global Conference and ...

Time February 23, 2024
arrow
News | PACS

February 22, 2024 — aycan, a recognized leader in medical imaging, announced that Enspectra Health used aycan’s PACS ...

Time February 22, 2024
arrow
Feature | HIMSS | By Christine Book

February 22, 2024 — With just weeks to go before HIMSS 2024, the Global Conference and Exhibition of the Healthcare ...

Time February 22, 2024
arrow
News | Teleradiology

February 21, 2024 —Yellowcross Healthcare Commerce, a telemedicine practice management organization, launched a new ...

Time February 21, 2024
arrow
News | Artificial Intelligence

February 22, 2024 — Hartford HealthCare has announced the unveiling of its Center for AI Innovation in Healthcare ...

Time February 21, 2024
arrow
Subscribe Now