November 2010: Shortage of Professionals Pressures Health IT

IT Hiring Market Report – November 2010

The Dice IT Hiring Market Report is a roundup of news related to technology hiring, compiled from various sources by the Dice Editorial Staff.


.A shortage of IT professionals could set back electronic health records projects. A survey of industry executives by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives found:

  • 51 percent of respondents believe staffing deficiencies could “possibly” impact their ability to implement electronic health records.
  • 10 percent said staffing issues would “definitely” impact their programs.
  • The greatest need is for trained personnel who can implement clinical records software.
  • As pressure grows to quickly implement clinical systems, CIOs are worried about retaining staff.

IT Spending to Rise, Gartner Says…

Enterprise IT spending worldwide will total about $2.5 trillion in 2010, says Gartner. That’s a 3 percent increase over 2009’s estimated $2.4 trillion. Driving the growth: emerging markets, which will outperform mature sectors. Other notes:

  • Worldwide enterprise IT spending will rise 16 percent, to $2.8 trillion, by 2014.
  • Dragging on growth will be continuing uncertainty in several sectors. IT budgets in manufacturing and financial services won’t recover to pre-2008 levels before 2012 or 2013.

… and in Gartner’s Crystal Ball

Meanwhile, Gartner’s predictions for the future:

  • Information will be the “oil of the 21st century,” taking a key role as an engine of the economy.
  • Cloud computing, social computing, and “context aware computing” – meaning mobile technology and services – and “pattern based strategy” – which seeks to identify patterns in early signals from the marketplace – will support both technical and economic change over the next decade.

• Social computing will continue to blur the lines between personal and professional activities.

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