Reviews PricewaterhouseCoopers PwC Report on Health Informatics Becoming An Employment Engine

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Health Informatics is an emerging, fast-growing professional field that is expected to become even more important in the future

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A hiring spree has ben underway to employ health informaticists with both clinical and technical skills., the premier social networking forum for professionals and alumni of Accenture, Andersen, BearingPoint, Capgemini, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers PwC reviewed a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers PwC which notes that the increasing volume of electronic health records is spurring a hiring spree.

According to information released this week by leaders of the PwC US Health information Technology practice during the annual conference of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, a hiring spree has been underway to employ health informaticists with both clinical and technical skills.

This is due to the fact that Health Informatics is an emerging, fast-growing professional field that is expected to become even more important as health outcomes, or pay for performance, become the basis of reimbursement to doctors, hospitals, drug companies, medical devices companies and other healthcare services.

PwC’s Health Research Institute (HRI) will publish a comprehensive report on the state of clinical informatics in the health industry. In developing the report, PwC’s HRI conducted a survey of 600 health organization professionals from hospitals, health systems, health insurers and pharmaceutical and life sciences companies. The PwC survey found:

  •     Seventy percent of health insurers, 48 percent of hospitals and 39 percent of pharmaceutical / life sciences companies plan to increase hiring of technical informatics professionals over the next two years.
  •     Four in ten hospital and provider respondents surveyed said that lack of skilled informatics staff is a barrier to developing a comprehensive clinical informatics program.
  •     Half of hospitals and physician respondents said that misalignment of clinical and technology teams is an organizational barrier, something they will need to address to incorporate sophisticated analytics into clinicians’ everyday work.

PwC’s Health Research Institute ( provides new intelligence, perspectives, and analysis on trends affecting all health-related industries. The Health Research Institute helps executive decision makers navigate change through primary research and collaborative exchange. Our views are shaped by a network of professionals with executive and day-to-day experience in the health industry. HRI research is not sponsored by businesses, government, or other institutions.

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