A recent study from the Hay Group shows that newly formed clinical informatics positions can be difficult to fill because the profession is still in its infancy and is not clearly defined.
According to the study, 47 percent of healthcare organizations are experiencing challenges with recruiting and retaining health informatics professionals. Furthermore, 82 percent report that these positions are designed for full-time employees, rather than specialists who work on a contractual basis.
Industry insiders say that hospitals and clinics have many health informatics positions open because they were created without much direction as to what their specific function performs. However, having a resource available to better define the role of health informatics professionals need in the healthcare field could help the profession adapt and grow in the future.
“These positions are so new and so specialized that it is not surprising to see these professionals capitalizing on the market demand for their services,” said Dan Mayfield, a healthcare consultant with Hay Group. “Retention will be tough until more talent develops in the market.”
A 2008 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that job opportunities for medical and health services managers – which are positions that require a health informatics degree – are expected to increase by nearly 16 percent over the next seven years.