A recent survey from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives finds its CIO members believe the health care information technology workforce shortage will adversely affect their organizations.

More than 70 percent of 182 CIOs responding to the early September survey say their organizations lack the information technology staff to implement clinical applications. Fifty-one percent report that I.T. staffing deficiencies possibly will affect their chances to implement an electronic health records system and qualify for meaningful use incentive payments; 10 percent say the shortage definitely will have an adverse affect.

Further, 76 percent of respondents have concerns about retaining existing I.T. staff. One-half of respondents report their organization will have little to no additional funds to spend on increasing the I.T. staff in 2011.

Many organizations expect to implement various programs to retain staff, such as flexible work hours, telecommuting, recognition programs, and education and professional development initiatives.

To access CHIME's survey results, click here.

--Joseph Goedert


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