The IT landscape has undergone a major shift in recent years. With the breakneck speed at which technology is evolving, many IT departments are becoming reactionary because they cannot keep up. In no place is this situation more apparent than in the healthcare sector.
For the medical field, the pressure of federal regulations to implement electronic health records has caused many healthcare providers to hit a wall when it comes to finding and retaining qualified technology staff. According to a recent Healthcare Information and Management Systems (HIMSS) survey, 21 percent of the 298 senior IT executives that responded fear they will not be able to find the tech staff they need to manage new systems.
On top of the search for the right professionals, healthcare executives are also concerned about security – 19 percent reported to have experienced a breach in the past year. Respondents indicated that mobile device security raised the biggest concerns.
Despite the fears, 51 percent of executives said they were planning to increase IT staff in the next year. Furthermore, upgraded IT positively impacts customer care, according to Steve Fanning, the vice president of Healthcare Industry Strategy.
"The concerns voiced in the survey are the same concerns we're hearing from our healthcare customers every day," Fanning said in the report. "There's a growing realization that smart IT investments don't just make business easier or lower costs for the organization – they directly impact patient care. Our customers are concerned with how they can use IT to accomplish more with less, while at the same time security to ensure the confidentiality of patient information."
The healthcare industry is one of the fastest growing IT sectors in the U.S. This has more IT Principals searching the IT channel for the best possible talent on the market. In many cases, Solution Providers have become the go-to resource to help medical facilities get through these tight times.