Health IT budget, staffing expectations in 2016: 6 takeaways

More than half of CIOs and health IT leaders expect their budgets to either increase or stay the same this year, according to a survey from IT staffing and services firm TEKsystems.

Here are six takeaways from the survey.

1. Forty-one percent of health IT leaders believe their organization's IT budget will increase this year, while 45 percent believe it will stay the same. Just 14 percent of survey respondents think their budget will decrease this year.

2. While budgetary expectations vary from organization to organization, the majority of survey respondents (68 percent) are confident their IT department will be able to satisfy overall organizational demands this year.

3. In 2016, 60 percent of survey respondents believe security will have the biggest impact on their organization. Other top issues include:

•    Business intelligence/big data: 58 percent
•    Mobility: 55 percent
•    Cloud computing: 49 percent
•    Consumerization of IT: 47 percent

4. Survey respondents reported project manager as the most critical IT role for 2016 followed by IT manager (line-level), programmer and developer, help desk and database administrator.

5. More than half of survey respondents expect to see increases in their staff's salaries; 62 percent expect security salaries to increase. Respondents also expect salary increases for:

•    Project managers: 58 percent
•    Programmers and developers: 55 percent
•    Business intelligence: 51 percent
•    Software engineers: 50 percent

6. Survey respondents indicated 76 percent of their staff are full-time, while the remainder are contingent IT staff. In 2015, respondents indicated 75 percent of their staff were full-time.

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