Texas Needs 10,000 Health IT Workers
HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.April 10, 2012
In order to meet its goals when it comes to implementing electronic health records (EHR) at healthcare provider facilities, Texas will need 10,000 more health IT workers by 2013, reports InformationWeek. That's according to a new report by the Department of Health Information Management at Texas State University San Marcos, which revealed that authorities had underestimated the number of IT employees required. Estimates originally predicted the state would need around 3,500. The report's findings were based on interviews with 94 health IT employers on operations at their offices--including vacancies and positions they expect to hire in 2013. The fast pace of EHR implementation is the result of government incentive programs initiated in 2009.