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Healthcare providers struggle in IT recruiting

April 11 2013

Sixty-seven percent of U.S. healthcare providers, including hospitals, have problems attracting experienced IT employees, according to the Towers Watson survey, “Closing the IT Talent Gap in Health Care.” Additionally, 38 percent reported retention issues.

The problem escalates for Epic-certified professionals, with 73 percent of respondents reporting difficulty hiring these individuals to help gain compliance with new electronic medical record requirements.

“Hospitals have an urgent need for experienced, highly skilled IT professionals to ensure they can meet new government requirements and qualify for financial incentives,” said Heidi Toppel, a senior rewards consultant in Towers Watson’s hospital industry group.

The survey found 55 percent of respondents are taking at least three measures to address their attraction and retention issues with IT professionals. Commonly reported effective tactics include increasing base pay rates, offering retention bonuses, and providing additional education and training.

The survey was conducted in February and 102 U.S. healthcare provider organizations participated. Fifty-two percent of the respondents are hospital systems and 67 percent have 5,000 or more employees.


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IT Recruiters

IT Headhunters 04/15/2013 06:45 pm

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, created this professional opportunity for IT practitioners. The act set aside money for health care providers who successfully demonstrate the transference of their patients’ medical records from paper to digital storage systems. The incentives set aside for doctors and hospitals who comply quickly with the act came in the form of Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments. The federal government set 2015 as the year in which healthcare providers must come into compliance with the act. What this means is there are JOBS. A plethora, in the healthcare IT space.

Technology Locator

James Ratcliff 04/15/2013 12:58 pm

I have worked with a number of MSP's in regards to staffing critical projects.
It is very important for the MSP provider to have a strategic alliance with their IT vendors.
A trusted third party to manage the recruiting process while enhancing the service level with the vendors and management.
This can only happen through mutual respect, timely response, and effective feedback.
We have worked with HC Select and Julie O'Keefe in a number of IT staffing projects.
Together we have been very effective in delivering the required resources to affect successful EMR rollouts, including Epic implementations.
James Ratcliff

Healthcare Select

Julie OKeefe 04/11/2013 07:59 pm

Having a strategic Managed Service Provider (MSP) partner can help hospitals source and retain qualified EMR consultants in all areas of meaningful use. By utilizing a supplier focused approach, HC Select is able to create purposeful staffing partnerships between third-party vendors and client hospitals that provide significant results in both cost savings and quality placements. In one instance, a Southern California based hospital was able to save over $200K in consultant fees for a 2011 EPIC implementation.

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