The Health IT Talent Shortage


Executive Summary

Ask any recruiter in health IT and they’ll tell you that finding premium talent to fill specialized positions is one of the biggest challenges facing the industry.

As technology rapidly changes and healthcare continues to evolve, employers are struggling to keep up with their shifting talent needs.

“The primary skill gap in healthcare IT -- specifically Clinical Systems (EMR/EHR) -- is that most leaders are looking for employees with both hands-on clinical experience and technical expertise,” said Brian Donovan, recruiter at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. “Historically, these have been two very separate skillsets.”

Understanding the driving forces behind the infamous skills gap and knowing which skills are needed now and for the future will help health IT job seekers and recruiters to bridge the gap.

2014 Salary Survey Infographic

About the Whitepaper interviewed some leading industry experts and talent professionals who contributed to this 15 page report. We take a look at how big the gap really is and what some of the primary causes were to create it. Then we take a look at the top 5 IT skills healthcare organizations need and are looking for to fill the gap. Lastly we identify some specific strategies for job seekers to position themselves for success in this healthcare IT market.