IT Staffing Troubles Ahead?

More than half of CIOs across the country are worried they will have to put off planned electronic health record (EHR) implementations because they can’t find IT staff to get the job done — which would mean forfeiting thousands of dollars in government stimulus funds. In September, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives ( CHIME) surveyed its members to assess the potential impact of staffing shortages on IT operations. Almost one-third of the CHIME membership, a total of 182 CIOs, responded to the survey, and most respondents expressed concerns about retaining existing staff. More than 70 percent said their their organizations lacked the staff to implement clinical applications — and more than 60 percent said IT staffing deficiencies would affect their chances of implementing an EHR. Not implementing an EHR, the respondents noted, would mean forfeiting thousands of dollars in government stimulus funds. The respondents said they would use a variety of strategies to get EHRs implemented successfully, especially the hiring of third-party consultants. Related articles: CIO survey forecasts IT staffing troubles ahead More than half of CIOs across the country are worried they will have to put off planned electronic health record (EHR) implementations because they can’t find IT staff to get the job donewhich would mean forfeiting thousands of dollars in government stimulus funds.

In September, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives(CHIME) surveyed its members to assess the potential impact of staffing shortages on IT operations.

Almost one-third of the CHIME membership, a total of 182 CIOs, responded to the survey, and most respondents expressed concerns about retaining existing staff. More than 70 percent said their their organizations lacked the staff to implement clinical applicationsand more than 60 percent said IT staffing deficiencies would affect their chances of implementing an EHR.

Not implementing an EHR, the respondents noted, would mean forfeiting thousands of dollars in government stimulus funds.

The respondents said they would use a variety of strategies to get EHRs implemented successfully, especially the hiring of third-party consultants.

Related articles: CIO survey forecasts IT staffing troubles ahead

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