Now in its 29th year, the HIMSS Leadership and Workforce Survey has been a cornerstone of HIMSS research activities by uncovering trends and gaining valuable insights into the rapidly changing market for healthcare and IT professionals.
The 2018 HIMSS U.S. Leadership and Workforce Survey reflects the perspectives of U.S. health information and technology leaders on a myriad of topics influencing the healthcare sector. The present report provides a robust profile of U.S. health information and technology priorities, especially as it relates to hospitals, as well as their linkage to various hospital strategic initiatives (e.g. employment of select information and technology leaders) and industry economic measures (e.g. workforce projections).
Based on the feedback from U.S. health information and technology leaders, the findings yield these notable themes:
- There is a high level of consistency between leaders’ reporting of top information and technology priorities from 2017 to 2018. However, the information and technology priorities of leaders in different health settings vary notably.
- Vendors/Consultants and Providers are at odds regarding the projected demand for information and technology resources this coming year.
- Employment prospects for health IT professionals are more favorable in Vendor/Consulting organizations than in hospitals.
- Hospitals more likely to modify IT projects due to health IT staffing/workforce challenges than Vendors/Consultants.