According to a study from Texas State University-San Marcos, there is a huge need for health information technology (HIT) workers in Texas. The study says Texas is expected to need at least an additional 10,000 HIT workers for the state’s $103.6 billion health care industry by 2013. This is much larger than the original estimation that Texas would require an additional 3,500 HIT workers between 2010 and 2015.
The study’s researchers, led by assistant professor at Texas State, Susan H. Fenton, Ph.D., accumulated data through HIT Employer Focus Groups across the state as well as conducting a statewide HIT Employer survey. It was conducted as part of a contract with the Texas Workforce Commission, with funding for the project coming from the governor’s office through a Wagner-Peyser gran
The Health Information Technology (HIT) Employer Needs Assessment in Texas has estimated Texas providers will need 9,500 HIT employees between now and 2013. Non-providers (HER vendors and consultants) reported needing an additional 500 HIT employees by 2013. The researchers say in order to get more HIT workers intact, a statewide HIT education plan is under development for a second year of grants. This plan will build on the data collected from the employer needs survey and the higher education institution inventory from the first year of grants.
The market segment for artificial intelligence (AI)-powered wearables will grow 376 percent annually in 2017 to reach 60 million units, according to a new Counterpoint Technology Market Research report.
Cybersecurity budgets are growing and healthcare organizations are allocating more employees to IT security compared to a year ago, however, despite the progress, significant gaps remain, according to a study from HIMSS Analytics and Symantec released last week during the HIMSS17 conference.
Aetna announced last week that it would collaborate with other health plans in its region and local primary care practices as part of the federal government’s Comprehensive Primary Care + (CPC+) initiative.
North Carolina-based health IT company Lenovo Health and Orbita, a Boston-based connected home healthcare company, launched a virtual home care solution and showcased the technology at HIMSS17 in Orlando.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has announced five winners in Phase 2 of the “Move Health Data Forward” Challenge, a contest to develop solutions to help with the flow of health information.
At the HIMSS17 conference in Orlando on Monday, The National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE) unveiled NATE’s Blue Button Directory (NBBD) and is demonstrating it as part of the Federal Health Architecture’s demonstrations in the HIMSS17 Interoperability Showcase.