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Healthcare IT needs growing with influx of new patients, study says

The healthcare industry is seeing significant changes and growth, making IT solutions a major priority in the coming months.

The healthcare industry is seeing significant changes and growth, making IT solutions a major priority in the coming months.

It is a busy time in the healthcare industry at the moment, and it's likely to get even busier. The Affordable Care Act provided an estimated 30 million individuals with insurance who did not have it previously. On June 28th, the United States Supreme Court upheld the legislation in a landmark decision.

With medical institutions gearing up for an influx of new patients, hiring is surging throughout the industry – particularly in healthcare IT. According to the HEALTHeCAREERS Network Q2 Jobs Report, general IT jobs increased 18 percent, with 30 percent of those new jobs being Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) analysts.

The only job category that saw a higher percentage increase was nurses, which grew by an impressive 40 percent. What this signals is a growing belief that stronger IT solutions are among the best ways to prepare for and effectively manage significant workload increases.

"The report postulates that HIT analysts will remain much sought-after hires while health systems are still in the process of evaluating potential technology innovations," wrote Jennifer Ford in an AdvanceWeb article. "Tellingly, though, enough healthcare networks are moving forward with their new technology implementation, as systems/network engineers were in high demand in Q2, with position opening growing by 190% from Q1."

Technological innovations don't seem to be slowing down, and as medical institutions evaluate their current IT assets, working with an experienced healthcare IT consultant could prove to be a time and money saver.

The resources required to analyze, implement and maintain new systems could be overwhelming for facilities with budget and staffing concerns. Outsourced IT support helps to make upgrades possible without handcuffing organizations in other areas.