Health IT Workers in Short Supply

Health IT blogger Bobby Gladd has commented that as more hospitals and physicians in the US use electronic health records, the demand for health IT (HIT) workers is growing exponentially.  These workers are essential to keeping electronic records functioning so doctors can access them in a timely manner and secure so they can’t be viewed by anyone else.  Unfortunately there are few training programs for HIT workers and most workers have to be trained on the job.  Bobby notes that in Nevada and Utah where he provides assistance to doctor’s offices to adopt electronic health records, the HIT workers shortage has resulted in offices hiring staff away from one another in a zero sum game.

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About Dr. Kate Tulenko

Dr. Kate Tulenko is a physician, health policy specialist, and Senior Director for Health Systems Innovation at IntraHealth Internatonal. She is the former coordinator of the World Bank’s Africa Health Workforce Program and recently served as team lead on Health Workforce Shortage for the “Reinventing Primary Care Project” for the Hope Street Group, a bipartisan coalition of business, civic and policy leaders. Dr. Tulenko serves on the board of the National Physicians Alliance and on the board of advisors for the Global Business School Network and in 2002 she received a Rainer Arnhold Fellowship for innovation in global development. She is a practicing pediatrician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Tulenko has degrees from Harvard; Johns Hopkins; and Emmanuel College, Cambridge and holds adjunct faculty positions at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and the George Mason School of Health and Human Services. Her book, "Insourced: How Importing Jobs Impacts the Healthcare Crisis Here and Abroad", addresses how the U.S. is underinvesting in training young Americans to be health workers and instead imports doctors and nurses from poor countries with extreme health worker shortages. Opinions expressed in "Insourced" represent those of Dr. Tulenko alone and do not represent opinions or policies of any of her current or past employers. Dr. Tulenko grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia and Gainesville, Florida. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband and two daughters with whom she enjoys exploring the beauty of art and nature. Follow Dr. Tulenko on twitter at ktulenko.
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