This week’s edition of CIO.com did a news story entitled, “Health Providers Can't Find, Keep IT Staff.” The basis of the story was a survey conducted by Healthcare Information and Management Systems (HIMSS) and reported at the HIMSS 2013 conference held in New Orleans this week. The essence of the story is that under pressure from federal regulators to implement electronic health systems, health care providers are struggling to find and keep a technology staff in what is the fastest growing IT sector in the U.S.
Dr. Milisa Rizer, Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Chief Medical Information Officer for Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center, was sought out for reaction. While Dr. Rizer recognizes that Ohio State is not immune to such problems, she explained that the Wexner Medical Center has been aggressive in offering incentive packages that are appealing to IT professionals. Incentives include money as well as flexibility in workplace issues, for example, working from home when appropriate. As well, Dr. Rizer pointed out that IT personnel are more likely to stay on the job when there are opportunities to move into management and project-focused positions.