Healthcare is in a race to staff IT workers to meet deadlines on mandates for electronic health records ICD-10 compliance and health insurance exchanges.
"Everyone is racing to meet these deadlines, but the real work is going to be toward optimizing, improving, and enhancing these systems for another 15 to 20 years because they were set up so quickly," says Daugherty.
This shift to more long-term employment in hospitals and health systems, specifically for software development and support roles, currently gives healthcare a competitive edge over other industries recruiting for IT staff.
IT consultants and the IT workforce are finding more job security in the healthcare industry. And their confidence index scores have improved significantly in this space compared to others, says Daugherty.
"Healthcare offers a challenging environment, room for advancement, it pays well, and it addresses a really big factor, and that is stability. And we really utilize that to retain and attract workers for our clients," says Daugherty.
CIOs, though don't seem satisfied with their current staff. According to the upcoming 2013 HealthLeaders Industry Survey, only 14% of executives surveyed find their IT staff "very strong," one of the lowest percentages, while 4% of executives find their IT staff "very weak", the highest percentage of all the staff groups. Daugherty speculates the challenges and difficulty of the jobs in the changing healthcare technology landscape are to blame for those ratings, not the quality of the candidates or hires.