Addressing the Health IT Skills Gap (IT Toolbox Blogs)

Health IT Skills Gap – What’ all that fuss about?

While there was once a time when healthcare and technology were considered as entirely different arenas, today they have become inseparable. The advancing technology is efficiently fueling the industry’s boom, bringing about remarkable innovations and improvements in the methods of care, treatment, and medication, and has also created a vast crevasse between available and required skills.


Consequently, there has emerged a dire need for the healthcare industry to acquire some requisite advanced skills aside from their occupational expertise to cope with the incessant takeover of technology in the healthcare sector and to reap optimum benefits out of the health and technology’s amalgamation.

Essential Health IT Skills

Today, the essential and highly demanded skills for healthcare industry has more to do with electronic data and smart systems, applications and software than medicine or any health-specific skill. With new and advanced technology consistently paving its way into the industry, the healthcare domain, here are some of the skills that have become essential for the healthcare industry.


Big Data


From acquisition to accumulation and from classification to analysis, Healthcare Big Data has acquired an immense significance ever since the emergence of EHR.


Information Security


With the rise of Big Data has emerged the need for a flawless security mechanism to ensure the sanctity of confidential patient records and checking the systems for any loops that may lead to privacy breaches or information thefts.


Project Management


Machines, applications, and systems have become an essential stakeholder of the healthcare industry. The human professionals, as well as machines and systems, are all tied and integrated into a circuitry that is driven by technology. Therefore, the industry needs efficient and skilled project managers to cope facilitate all stakeholders and execute large project-based tasks and operations

How to Bridge the Gap?

‘Right’ Employment


Improper allocation of staff into different roles without considering their skills and forte is the prime reason behind the skills gap in various operational roles in the healthcare industry. Conduct a need analysis in your healthcare organization about the operational requirements of each area and identify the essential skills to compensate for the needs. Recruiting the right employee, with the right skills, in the right capacity will ensure that the skills need is being efficiently fulfilled in your healthcare organization.


Cross-Functional Training


Training your staff on a host of essential skills and seeking to extend their basic skill sets is a smart approach to foster a cross-functional workforce that will be able to perform multiple tasks outside of their domain as and when the need arises. Furthermore, even in the case where you could not find a skilled employee for some specific roles, a cross-functional workforce will take care of the roles without any hassle or disruption.


Specialized Certifications


Learning in a never ending process and when it comes to the healthcare industry, it has become imperative upon medical practitioners, healthcare provider, and associated professionals to enhance their learning by seeking some special certifications and healthcare diplomas.

Specialized medical and healthcare courses such as Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and certification for medical transcription efficiently prepare you to cope with the skills need and render your specialized expertise to improve the quality of healthcare service as well as build a sound career for yourself.



Source: SANS ISC SecNewsFeed @ March 3, 2017 at 01:09PM