By Andrea Siedsma
Mar. 20, 2012
Update: The Health and Human Services Department has extended the implementation deadline to Oct. 1, 2014.
The health care information technology blitz surrounding the new ICD-10 codes mandated to be in place by Oct. 1, 2014, has raised concerns over the lack of qualified IT workers in the health care industry.
To help solve IT staffing problems, health care organizations are partnering with universities and other learning institutes to train the next generation of information technology employees. University of California, San Diego, Extension has partnered with the region’s health care providers to train and grow their own coders.
Yet while organizations need IT workers, they want them to come with experience, says Leslie Bruce, director of health care leadership and community outreach for UC San Diego Extension.
“In particular, providers are looking for people who have experience with electronic medical records,” she says. “They especially love people who have worked with the particular brand of electronic medical records they use. It’s hard for a new grad to get that experience, so I encourage our students to relocate to get experience in order to be more marketable upon their return. However, it still causes a gap in the local health care IT workforce.”
Andrea Siedsma is a freelance writer based in Encinitas, California. To comment email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Technology4 Ways to Maximize HR and WFM Data
Technology and cloud-based applications and platforms enable companies to gather more data, but can the...
TechnologyHow to prevent workforce management system outages: mitigation through redundancy
Summary Workforce management data breaches and outages are a very real threat Businesses should build r...
data breach, network security, payroll system, system outage, workforce management
TechnologyKronos (UKG) data breach leaves businesses in the dark for “several weeks”
Summary Workforce management company Kronos (UKG) suffers ransomware data breach Kronos Private Cloud a...
data breach, Kronos, ransomware, security, UKG