According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare and social services jobs are expected to grow 24 percent from 2008 through 2018, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth in the healthcare IT industry can be attributed to many factors: Long term care of a large aging population, the need for technology to provide greater accountability for two thirds of the population at risk for heart disease due to being overweight or obese, more emphasis on preventive care and the use of technology and data to increase the quality of patient care and overall accountability. Additionally, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) bill included a section known as HITECH where entitlement funds are available (+/-$34 billion) to Medicare and Medicaid participating providers (hospitals, physicians and other providers) as an incentive to develop and improve their health information technology (HIT) capabilities, primarily in the area of electronic health records (EHRs).
The problem that many hospitals and other providers encounter in filling these jobs is the shortage of qualified, experienced health IT staff. While the federally funded training programs in 82 community colleges may help meet some of the demand, the majority of the available positions are not entry level, say consultants and CIOs.
This presentation will focus on these trends and career opportunities in health IT for professionals based on job roles, vendors technology and market transition.
Guest Speaker: Tommy Fowler, Healthcare Services at TEK Systems