A new report from consultancy and software firm Computer Sciences Corp. examines the health information technology workforce shortage.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology estimates 50,000 additional I.T. workers are needed during the next five years, which is about 50 percent more than the current workforce of 108,000. The biggest demand now for staff obviously is to prepare for implementation of EHRs and health information exchange applications, Falls Church, Va.-based CSC notes.

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