Healthcare Going Digital: Electronic Medical Records the Most Demanded Skill for Healthcare Jobs

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Employers posted more than 15,000 online job ads for healthcare professionals that will need to manage electronic medical or health records (EMR or EHR), growing 31% year-over-year, according to WANTED Analytics™.

In August, more than 15,000 jobs were advertised online for healthcare professionals that need experience and knowledge of electronic medical records (EMR) or electronic health records (EHR) United States, according to WANTED Analytics™ (, the leading source of real-time business intelligence for the talent marketplace. The HITECH Act provides funding for health providers to convert patient records into electronic files, causing more medical organizations to employ this technology and recruit professionals with knowledge of these systems. The number of job ads increased 31% compared to August of 2011 and 88% since August 2012, and is currently the most commonly required skill in healthcare job ads.

The most commonly advertised job titles for healthcare professionals with EMR or EHR skills are:

1. Registered Nurse
2. Nurse Practitioner
3. Family Practice Physician
4. Physician Internal Medicine
5. Physician Assistant
6. Hospitalist
7. Medical Billing Coding
8. Nurse II Inpatient Nursing
9. Physician
10. Family Medicine Physician

Healthcare professionals with electronic records training or experience are in-demand across the United States. The metropolitan areas with the highest volume of listings in August were Minneapolis, New York, Chicago, Phoenix, and Boston. While healthcare employers in Minneapolis placed the highest number of job ads for this talent pool, one of the highest year-over-year growth areas was actually seen in New York where demand grew more than 245% in August 2012 compared to August 2011. The second highest growth was seen in Phoenix, up 127% versus last year.

As more employers shift their medical records to electronic systems, hiring demand is likely to continue. Currently, the limited talent supply of potential candidates with EMR or EHR experience will create challenges for employers. According to the Hiring Scale™, employers across the United States spend an average of 6 weeks advertising jobs and sourcing candidates for positions that require electronic skills. Each location will, however, experience a varying degree of difficulty when sourcing. Companies in Fairbanks, Alaska are currently experiencing some of the most challenging overall recruiting conditions. Competition has emerged as more employers are looking to fill jobs in these areas than the local talent supply can support. Job ads in this area remain online for an average of 7.5 weeks.

In comparison, the Hiring Scale also shows the locations experiencing the least difficulties recruiting this talent are Rochester, New York and Chicago, Illinois. Larger talent supply in these metro areas, means that Recruiters are likely to fill open healthcare positions that require EMR or EHR skills faster than average.

The Hiring Scale measures conditions in local job markets by comparing hiring demand and labor supply. The Hiring Scale is part of the WANTED Analytics platform that offers business intelligence for the talent marketplace.

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About WANTED Analytics™

WANTED Analytics™ helps recruiting organizations make better decisions faster with real-time business intelligence on jobs, employers, and talent. Analytics brings together, for the first time, years of hiring demand and talent supply data to create a true talent intelligence platform for hard-to-fill positions.

Clients in the staffing, HR, RPO, media, and government sectors use WANTED Analytics™ to find sales leads, analyze employment trends, gather competitive intelligence, forecast economic conditions, and source hard-to-fill positions.

About WANTED Technologies Corporation

WANTED Technologies (TSX-V:WAN) provides real-time business intelligence for the talent marketplace. Founded in 1999, the company’s headquarters are in Quebec City, Canada, and it maintains a US-based subsidiary with primary offices in New York City. WANTED began collecting detailed Hiring Demand data in June 2005, and currently maintains a database of more than 700 million unique job listings. For more information or to sample WANTED’s services, visit

WANTED is also the exclusive data provider for The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series®, the monthly economic indicator of Hiring Demand in the United States.

The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. Any statement that appears prospective shall not be interpreted as such.


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