The widespread implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) has resulted in an increased need for a well-trained health information technology (HIT) workforce. The Texas HIT Workforce Development Project was initiated with an assessment of HIT employer needs as one of the major goals. The researchers were required to develop a new survey because no existing tool could be found. From the results of HIT employer focus groups, the team determined that quantitative outcome measures for the survey should include HIT skills categorized as basic, intermediate, or advanced. Other data collected included employer-perceived barriers related to the HIT workforce, as well as a determination of the number of employees needed presently and in the future. The development process for the resulting survey instrument is described here. The survey tool was utilized for the planned assessment and is now made available for others to use.
Authors:Fenton SH, Joost E, Gongora J, Patterson DG, Andrilla CHA, Skillman SM
Journal/Publisher:Educ Perspect Health Inform Inf Manage
Edition:Dec 2013. Winter:1-36
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Citation:Fenton SH, Joost E, Gongora J, Patterson DG, Andrilla CHA, Skillman SM. Health Information Technology Employer Needs Survey: An Assessment Instrument For Workforce Planning. Educ Perspect Health Inform Inf Manage. Dec 2013 Winter:1-36
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