Difficult to Fill HIE Jobs

Difficult to Fill HIE Jobs

Posted on 07. Nov, 2014 by in HIMSS, Job Seekers

AHIMA and HIMSS recently joined forces to do an HIE staffing survey. The survey found that Connectivity, Data Integrity and Data Integration positions were really difficult to fill. The survey also found that HIE’s were paying more for these positions. While this might sound like simple supply and demand, it’s more complex than that considering many HIE organizations have issues around how they’re going to fund their HIE.

It’s good news that these HIE organizations are able to pay these qualified health IT and health information management professionals a better wage than previous surveys have predicted. No doubt, demand for professionals with this type of experience is only going to increase. I think this is especially true as many healthcare organizations spin up their own private HIEs.

I do wonder if some of the survey data is skewed by the insurance companies who participated. They’ve been doing some similar work for a long time and they have more money to spend on the problem. I’d like to see a breakout of the data by Insurance Company, Health System, and HIE. I think we’d likely see a big difference between each type of HIE organization.

I did a quick search on Healthcare IT Central for HIE jobs and only 2 showed up in the results. However, I did a search on Health Information Management jobs and found page after page of jobs. That might be one of the challenges for healthcare professionals with HIE experience. Everyone calls the position something a little bit different. I think as more and more organizations implement and participate in HIEs, we’ll see a clearer job title come to fruition.

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,500 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two other companies and advises multiple healthcare IT companies. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

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