Brains, Need More Brains! Any time I get dialed into a discussion about the health I.T. worker shortage, that classic line from the “Return of the Living Dead” cycles through my mind. That, and “Send more police!” (To understand the context of those quotes, you really have to see the movie, and you really have to make sure your pre-teen kids aren’t around when you do.)

This industry needs more brains. A report from Computer Sciences Corp. compiles data from sources including the Bureau of Labor and ONC and projects a shortage of 50,000 HIT workers in the next few years. That’s a big number, and it’s even bigger when you factor in that there are about 108,000 HIT workers in the industry right now. Which means the workforce needs to grow by roughly 50 percent to meet demand in the era of EHRs.

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