|In today’s fast-paced environment with new mandates and requirements for meaningful use, accountable care organizations, and now value-based purchasing raining down on the industry, attracting the right IT talent is key. Beyond competitive compensation, healthcare organizations are providing candidates with scalable opportunities according to healthcare IT recruiters.
“The jobs that are offered in this competitive space that we have, need to give people the ability to scale their current skill level,” says Tim Tolan, senior partner at Sanford Rose Associates Healthcare IT Practice. “People always want to grow.” In addition to being our resident career columnist, Tolan’s “Career Paths” column in Healthcare Informatics recently won the Best Regular Column award from the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors (ASHPE). [For more, see Tim Tolan’s HCI Podcast]
Linda Hodges, SVP and Leader of Witt/Kieffer's IT Executive Search Practice, agrees that offering candidates opportunities to grow in this high stakes industry has never been more critical. “The other thing that some organizations are doing pretty aggressively to grow talent is to develop talent internally by putting in mentoring programs, and in some cases putting in training programs for people that are interested in transitioning from the clinical into something more IT-related,” Hodges says. [For more, see Linda Hodges’s HCI Podcast]
These shortages for top-ranked clinical informaticists and other healthcare IT leaders are why we’re convening these two recruiting leaders, as well as Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center CMIO Dr. David Artz for a dedicated panel on this subject at the Healthcare Informatics Executive Summit. We at HCI also want to do our part to identify and share the success stories around clinical informaticist teams, which is why we are presenting the IT Innovation Advocate Award, in cooperation with AMDIS, at the Summit.
As you might have noticed, we’ve been offering short podcasts on our website from a variety of health IT luminaries like Tolan and Hodges. It’s just another way for us to provide you with the latest industry success stories from folks like Seth Foldy , M.D., M.P.H., director of the CDC Public Health Informatics and Technology Program Office, David Riley , CONNECT initiative lead contractor and Owner of Enaptics, and Tina Buop, CIO, Muir Medical Group. Subscribe to our iTunes feed, to stay abreast of the HIT developments.