Part of the solution to the IT staffing shortage is the clinical staff-to-IT staff transition. Randstad has begun to recruit and train clinical nurses and pharmacists for IT roles because of their understanding of the work flow of a hospital or health system.
Hospitals are also changing the types of candidates they recruit, as well as their training systems, to adjust to the shortage and meet impending deadlines. For example, although millenials and recent graduates have a traditionally high turnover rates, some hospitals are hiring recent graduates for IT and enrolling them in a cross-training platform with highly paid, seasoned IT consultants.
This allows providers to build their own IT staff, trained on their software, from the ground up.
"Within IT, there's a higher turnover than other industries, even more so over the past few years. So I think that is going to continue to be an issue," says Daugherty. "People are confident and happier within IT jobs, as well as within healthcare jobs. So our hope is that we're going to see more people getting into computer science programs and this shortage of workers will be alleviated a bit."