Hospitals Face Fierce Competition for Healthcare IT Staff

Hospitals Face Fierce Competition for Healthcare IT StaffJune 19, 2015 by Vickie Anenberg

The healthcare industry is a relative newcomer in terms of implementing sophisticated technology such as EMR/EHR systems. Therefore, the healthcare IT talent pool available to upgrade or replace less capable systems is smaller than the demand.

Cross Country Staffing recommends hospital executives read a new article, posted by Modern Healthcare, which addresses the shortage of healthcare IT professionals in terms of managerial and executive staff. The article notes that federal incentives to implement compliant EMR/EHR systems are nearing an end, and that costly penalties for not meeting implementation deadlines will follow next year.

However, the article does not address the fact that healthcare IT workers at all levels are in short supply. This includes programmers and systems analysts who have as little as one year of professional experience.

Research recently conducted by Software Advice indicates that the number of healthcare provider organizations seeking to replace existing EMR/EHR systems has increased by 59 percent since 2014. Although the majority of these providers are clinicians such as physician groups, the type of organization is inconsequential. Enhancing or replacing any existing system further depletes the healthcare IT talent pool. Because the majority of U.S. hospitals are not-for-profit, their resources are finite, making it difficult in many instances to compete for new IT candidates. This challenge is further compounded by the multitude of government initiatives and regulations that have reduced profit margins in the era of value-based care.

Cross Country Staffing can help. We have developed a cost-effective, fully scalable workforce solution to address healthcare IT staffing needs for EMR/EHR system enhancement or replacement. This unique approach to IT staffing will help to alleviate the stress of your transition and implementation processes by backfilling staffing needs. Our team of healthcare staffing experts will design a plan tailored to manage your needs according to your timetable for deployment. This exclusive Cross Country Staffing solution can help to ensure continuity of quality care and patient satisfaction during even the most complex implementation process.

We invite you to learn more about Cross Country Staffing, and you will understand why we have been the staffing partner of choice by so many of the nation’s top-rated facilities for more than 35 years. Talk with one of our representatives to get started on a healthcare IT staffing program than can provide your facility with the tools to manage change and remain competitive. At Cross Country Staffing, we’re ready to earn your trust.