Survey shows that health information technology positions are increasing

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Analysts from the Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index and Skills Report say that hiring in the healthcare information technology (IT) industry will increase this year, Healthcare IT News reports.

The survey showed that chief information officers (CIO) in the health services industry are most likely to be hiring health information managers the first quarter. Furthermore, 18 percent of executives reported that they will expand their IT departments, while none sought to reduce their current staffs.

Executives who participated in the study added that it is most difficult to find skilled software developers as well as networking and security professionals, because they are the most in-demand positions in the industry. The survey found that 17 percent said that networking professionals are the most difficult to come by.

“As companies maximize operational efficiencies and strive to make information more accessible, they rely on their IT departments,” said John Reed, executive director of Robert Half Technology. “As a result, CIOs are re-initiating previously deferred projects and are more willing to invest in augmenting their teams.”

The survey shows that west south central, such as Texas, and east north central states, such has Illinois, are expected to see the greatest amount of hiring in the first quarter.