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Healthcare IT Set to Bloom Once Again

by VR Sreeraman on  November 16, 2009 at 5:39 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
 Healthcare IT Set to Bloom Once Again
With the US government offering a stimulus package with a view to boost the adoption and usage of healthcare information technology, it is expected to open flood-gates by creating 50,000 or more jobs. This would result in increased employment opportunities.
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At the 6th Annual Connected Health Symposium held at Boston, USA, the panel of experts agreed with the estimated projection of 50,000 new recruitments.

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Andrew Vaz, National Director of Life Sciences for Deloitte Consulting has added that healthcare IT would show an explosive trend in near future. He added that both in US and offshore locations, MNCs like IBM, Oracle, SAP, and Cerner are trying to re-invent themselves for winning the talent battle.

John Glaser, CIO of Partners HealthCare in Boston, and an adviser to the nation's healthcare IT chief, David Blumenthal, MD has added that fifty thousand is a large number and the timeframe is short, which means that ample opportunities would be created within a short duration.

But there is a flipside to the same as not all are optimistic about the outcome in spite of tall claims being made.

Glaser has mentioned that when the aforesaid projections would materialize remains unknown and shrugs off in negative, regarding the concept of secondary opportunities.

As per Glaser new recruitments were required at all levels ranging from basics to the more advanced technical jobs. Doctors and other healthcare professionals would need help for commencing their operations.

Eileen Sporing, Senior Vice-President for Patient Care Operations and Chief Nursing Officer at Children's Hospital, Boston, mentioned that the current employees are hard-pressed for time and are unprepared to stretch beyond their current capacity. She has added that nurses may remain out of sync to migrate from paper-work to digitalization, unlike other healthcare professionals.

Eileen further rued that the nursing sector is lagging behind miserably in informatics field. There is a huge deficit of knowledge creating a huge curve in the nursing sector. On the other hand, work-force in the pharmacy sector remains fairly in-sync with the latest technological developments in that sector.

Glaser has added that based on the skill levels sought, adequate training would be required in established computer science and informatics programs in universities and community colleges for overcoming the deficiency for employable skills.

He added that the government would partly foot the bill with respect to training requirements of the work-force. He expects that healthcare organizations would fund some of the training programmes  with a view to invest, attract and retain best talent in their organization and added that the same would apply for vendors to meet the expectations of their ever-demanding clients.

Vaz added that biggest gap lies in higher-level set of skilled IT workers.

Glaser agreed that in the current scenario it is difficult to come across an experienced and seasoned professionals. He added that, though it seems rosy to entrepreneurs to hire bright and energetic professionals in the age category of around 25 years, there remains an element of effectiveness and the ability for delivering the goods while on the job by possessing ample exposure and having solved numerous escalations associated with major projects.

Source: ANI
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