How to Address the Health IT Talent Drought
Chief Nursing Officer
Memorial Hospital Sweetwater County
Rock Springs, Wyo.
We can't recruit skilled health system administrators who understand how the programs interconnect and how they connect to server capacity and how they connect to wireless capacity; how they are upgraded becomes an issue. This needs to be addressed industrywide
Nursing has always had to deal with shortages and we've learned how to train our own and that is what is going to have to happen in healthcare IT.
The IT people are pretty frustrated about it, too, because so many of the IT people don't have leadership abilities. They don't know how to problem solve. And the people they report to in the organizations often don't have competencies doing that problem solving. So I do think there are going to be more clinical people who delve into that role because it's going to be necessary.
We have a couple of RNs who built our clinical system. They are both in their 20s and they are much more competent and capable at that stuff than I am. I can do the clinical background and the clinical standards and the high-level stuff and they do the technical skills-based stuff. We're creating our own solutions. You have to survive so you do what you have to. Give people the abilities because there are people out there who want to do this stuff. You have to be patient and willing to groom them.
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