Over at TEKSystems they just released an analysis for their annual healthcare IT forecasts gleaned from data reported by CIOs, IT VPs, IT directors, IT hiring managers.
Some key highlights of the data include:
- A majority of IT leaders expect their organization’s healthcare IT budget to increase in 2015 and are confident in their IT department’s ability to satisfy business demands at a rate higher than the previous 2 years.
- 73% expect overall IT salaries to increase in 2015.
- Business Intelligence/Big Data, Security, Mobility, Consumerization of IT, and Cloud Computing are seen as the trends that will have the biggest impact on healthcare organizations this year.
- Operational issues now represent the biggest organizational challenges as viewed by IT leaders, surpassing the risk management challenges that had been identified as the biggest concern in previous years.
Is there any doubt about healthcare IT budgets increasing? It’s possible that the capital budgets won’t, but the operational budgets for healthcare IT will need to increase to meet the demands. The only kink in that could be if the economy takes another downturn. Then, we’ll see some tightening of the belt like we always do. However, even then healthcare IT’s going to be a pretty great place to work in. People are still going to need healthcare.
I was particularly interested in their list of trends in healthcare organizations. This list should give you some areas to consider for your healthcare IT career growth:
Each of the above areas is linked to job listings that are asking for those skills. All of them are quite popular skills except for consumerization of IT which is a trend as opposed to a skill. Looks like it’s a good time to be a healthcare IT professional.