Healthcare IT Job Outlook Perks Up

Business analysts and technology architects face rosy IT job prospects in the healthcare and green energy sectors.
The economy, offshoring, and improved productivity from IT itself are the main drivers in companies eliminating the "general and administrative" or "G&A" positions, said Janssen.

Aside from the IT jobs lost, other "back office" positions eliminated came from the ranks of corporate human resources, financial and procurement departments, said Janssen.

While the overall news isn't exactly rosy, there are other "threads of optimism" for IT people, said Janssen.

That includes the thousands of new IT jobs predicted to be created in sectors such as healthcare and green energy over the next few years.

Still, as healthcare demands IT expertise to become more digitized, other healthcare back-office jobs, will fall to the wayside, said Dorr.

"If you create 50,000 new IT jobs to help healthcare become more efficient, you'll take out many more than 50,000 clerical and other jobs," he said.

"That's not something people like to talk about." However, that was the similar fate of workers in industries like banking, which replaced tens of thousands of tellers with ATM over the years, he said.

Also, as more third-world nations "shoot up to become first-world nations," global companies will have a demand for new IT and other positions that require "business context," said Janssen. Many of those positions will likely be filled with experienced people from the U.S and Europe, he said.

For instance, while a weak economy might not trigger lots of spending on expensive ERP overhauls, it is spotlighting the need for more targeted IT deployments, such as key software modules to help navigate the global "cash crisis," said Janssen.

"Many companies realized that don't have systems for forecasting cash flow," said Janssen. For instance, of 100 global companies studied by Hackett in another recent report, nearly 75% said they relied on spreadsheets for forecasting cash flow. Only about a quarter used EPR modules or extensions to assist cash flow projections.

"That's another area that will drive IT forward," he said.

Blue Cross of Northeast Pennsylvania, the University of Louisville School of Medicine, and a range of large and small healthcare providers are using mobile apps to improve care and help patients manage their health. Find out how. Download the report here (registration required).

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