Survey: 67% of Healthcare CIOs Face IT Staff Shortages

Sixty-seven percent of CIOs reported shortages of information technology staff at their healthcare organizations, according to the results of a recent survey conducted by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.

The survey, which was conducted in July, found a higher percentage of CIOs reporting shortages than two years ago, when 59 percent of respondents reported staffing shortages. Other key findings from the survey include:
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• A total of 59 percent of respondents said shortages would either definitely or possibly affect chances of qualifying for funding from the HITECH stimulus fund.

• Seventy-one percent of respondents reported vacancy rates of less than 10 percent in their IT departments.

• Eighty-five percent of respondents indicated they were worried about retaining IT staff.

To view the full survey, click here (pdf).

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