Report: Health Care Could Face IT Staffing Shortage
March 14—As hospitals and health systems increasingly look to IT for ways to improve quality of care and outcomes while reducing cost, the demand for IT professionals is exceeding availability. Now, 77 percent of healthcare executives interviewed for a recent survey say they will change their talent strategies for IT specialists to support their technology needs.
The survey, featured in the PwC report Solving the Talent Equation for Health IT, states that providers, health insurers, drug and device companies, and healthcare IT companies have similar needs that could lead to intense competition for the same limited number of skilled workers. In response, many healthcare companies are seeking IT specialists from outside the healthcare industry, and 75 percent of providers are hiring new IT specialists to meet their needs.
Other findings include the following:
- Seventy-nine percent of healthcare executives surveyed anticipate an increase in technology investments over the next year.
- Sixty-two percent of those surveyed are concerned about the availability of IT skill sets to meet demands for technology in health care.
- Fifty-one percent of healthcare executives surveyed feel threatened by the rate of technology change in the industry.
Publication Date: Thursday, March 14, 2013