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PwC's Health Research Institute Finds Shortage of Health IT Workers Could Slow Industry Progress
Date:3/12/2013

NEW YORK, March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A significant and growing shortage of health information technology (HIT) workers appears greater than previously estimated, according to a new analysis by PwC's Health Research Institute (HRI). The report, entitled Solving the talent equation for health IT, finds that the healthcare industry is vying for a limited number of IT professionals – and many companies are scrambling to fill the talent void by recruiting technology specialists from other industries.

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"The challenge for healthcare is not just a shortage of people with technical skills. It's also a shortage of people with the skills to marry technological savvy with business strategy as healthcare becomes more connected, coordinated and accountable," said Daniel Garrett , principal and PwC's Health Information Technology practice leader. "Despite billions of dollars spent investing in HIT, the lack of qualified professionals could slow progress toward quality and efficiency. The benefits of HIT will not be realized until organizations can ensure information is unlocked and integrated in a way to best inform critical business and clinical decision-making."

Top healthcare executives are concerned with the industry's ability to absorb change and integrate HIT into daily activity. According to the report, nearly 80 percent of global healthcare CEOs surveyed expect to increase technology investments in 2013, yet over half (51 percent) fear their staff cannot keep up with the pace of technological change. Seventy-seven percent say they are revisiting their hiring and promotion stra
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