Hospitals compete for IT talent with funding at stake


With the that fail to use EHRs by 2015, there is a need to hire staff with the right blend of health care knowledge and technology skills, said Josh Lee, a doctor at and chief medical information officer for the University of California San Diego Medical Center.

"There's a lot of dedicated health care professionals out there in the universe," he said. "There's a lot of dedicated IT professionals. But it's a much narrower band where you have people that can live in both of those worlds."

The growing number of clinical workers "who were raised in a computer-savvy environment" means Lee turns to them to help fill his ranks.

"The short-term solution is to take people who are clinically smart and interested in systems work and have them receive the IT training they need to configure these systems," he said.

This track has emerged as the preferred IT staffing route for hospitals, said Eric Marx, vice president of health care IT services at IT staffing firm Modis.