Strong Demand in Georgia for Health IT Professionals

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Healthcare organizations in Georgia expect to see more technology hiring in the next five years as existing positions remain open and more are created. In an online poll commissioned by the nonprofit Institute for Healthcare Information Technology, 86 percent of 300 healthcare providers and vendors said they anticipate more IT hiring taking place while 79 percent said they have health IT jobs open now.

The organizations anticipate the top IT needs to be in security, systems administration, project administration and project management. The positions they expect to be most difficult to fill are data modeler, IT auditor, business intelligence specialist and information architect.

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While the push to take healthcare digital has created a huge demand for professionals knowledgeable about electronic health records systems such as Cerner and Epic, their work is moving beyond initial implementation. In 2013, 78 percent of office-based physicians were already using EHRs.

Though many physicians are ready to swap systems, interoperability in healthcare remains a huge problem. That’s creating work not only with hospitals and doctors, but with vendors and technical consulting firms.

Healthcare also represents a prime opportunity for data professionals as the industry struggles to effectively use its reams of financial, operational and clinical data to cut costs and improve care. In addition, the industry is being challenged by huge security gaps as it struggles to protect personal health information even while it implements more networked medical devices and the BYOD trend takes root.

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