The Computer Merchant, Ltd. (TCM) Announces Its Information Technology (IT) Consultant Database has crossed the Seven Million Mark

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Healthcare is one of the areas of greatest demand for IT professionals today and TCM's proprietary database of over seven million qualified consultants gives us the ability to fill in-demand IT healthcare positions fast and effectively to meet the industry's new demands and regulations.

Possessing the world's largest database of IT professionals allows TCM recruiters to find consultants that are invisible to others.

In a recent article, Ken Congdon, editor in chief of “Healthcare Technology Online” provides some figures. He stated that healthcare providers will need an additional 50,000 IT workers to satisfy Electronic Health Record (EHR) “meaningful use” criteria, which must be done by 12/31/14 in order to receive federal incentives and avoid penalties. He goes on to say that there will be almost a 50% increase over the current estimated healthcare IT workforce of 108,000.

In addition to the EHR requirements, healthcare providers have deadlines of 1/1/12 for conversion to HIPAA 5010 (electronic data interchange) and 10/1/13 for adoption of ICD-10 (clinical and related coding), so the shortage is even more acute.

Although the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has given a lot of incentives to educational institutions to graduate more students trained in healthcare IT, per Congdon’s article, these graduates will not effect an equilibrium in this market until 2020.

In the meantime, almost 5,000 hospitals in the USA and the network of practices that feed them will be competing for largely the same talent pool of healthcare IT consultants. This means that as they continue to become scarce their prevailing dollar cost per hour is escalating. It also means providers and those who serve them in accomplishing these objectives need to align themselves with a staffing supplier like TCM who can produce a high quality, qualified candidate flow when and where needed.

This is an environment in which the largest database of IT professionals in the U.S. comes in to play, as it allows TCM recruiters to quickly locate consultants who are invisible to others. TCM has invested millions of dollars in a proprietary methodology that has allowed its database to reach the seven million consultant mark. The database contains public information from non-traditional sources arranged in ways to be useful for targeted searches allowing TCM to hone in and find unique and hard-to-find skill sets.            

There are many IT applications used within a hospital environment that don’t require a clinical background, such as PeopleSoft or other Oracle systems that may need work due to the mandated changes. Working with an IT staffing firm like TCM can allow delivery on these as well as the clinical requirements.

TCM has been delivering IT staffing services utilizing its centralized process (unique to the industry) for over 31 years and is equipped to deal in the key EHR systems such as Meditech, Epic, Cerner and others at the enterprise level, and Allscripts, Athenahealth, McKesson, Greenway and others at the ambulatory level.

Your one stop shop for your emerging IT needs: TCM. Visit our website at: http://www.tcml.com

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