Appl Clin Inform 2010; 01(02): 197-212
DOI: 10.4338/ACI-2009-11-R-0011
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The Health Information Technology Workforce

Estimations of Demands and a Framework for Requirements
W. Hersh
1  Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, USA
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Correspondence to:

William Hersh, MD
Professor and Chair
Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology
School of Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd.
Portland, OR, USA 97239
Phone: +1-503-494-4563   
Fax: +1-503-346-6815   
Email: hersh@ohsu.edu   

Publication History

Received 12 November 2009

Accepted 07 June 2010

Publication Date:
20 December 2017 (online)

 

Summary

Background: There is increasing recognition that a competent and well-trained workforce is required for successful implementation of health information technology.

Methods: New and previous research was gathered through literature and Web searching as well as domain experts. Overall themes were extracted and specific data collated within each.

Results: There is still a paucity of research concerning the health information technology workforce. What research has been done can be classified into five categories: quantities and staffing ratios, job roles, gaps and growth, leadership qualifications, and education and competencies. From several countries it can be seen that substantial numbers of individuals are needed with diverse backgrounds and competencies.

Conclusions: Additional research is necessary to determine the optimal organization and education of the health information technology workforce.

Citation: Hersh W. : The health information technology workforce: Estimations of demands and a framework for requirements. Appl Clin Inf 2010; 1: 197–212 http://dx.doi.org/10.4338/ACI-2009-11-R-0011


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Correspondence to:

William Hersh, MD
Professor and Chair
Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology
School of Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd.
Portland, OR, USA 97239
Phone: +1-503-494-4563   
Fax: +1-503-346-6815   
Email: hersh@ohsu.edu