One immediate challenge is the need for information technology (IT) professionals. They will be increasingly essential in helping hospitals meet government requirements relating to their electronic health records (EHR) systems.
n particular, hospitals have a relatively short window to meet the EHR “meaningful use” requirements that take effect in 2014 in order to qualify for government incentives. Towers Watson conducted a survey in February 2013 on attracting and retaining IT professionals to understand the current state of talent gaps and challenges in health care better.
The results of the survey can be accessed on the web here.