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Healthcare IT Forecasts and Expectations for 2015

by: Sarah Joson

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 |

A post at Finance.Yahoo.com shares findings of a survey by TEKsystems®, a leading provider of IT staffing solutions, IT talent management expertise, and IT services. TEKsystems’ 2013-2015 annual IT forecast is based on the reports of CIOs, IT VPs, IT directors, and IT hiring managers of healthcare organizations. It highlights the findings on the current environment of IT operations within healthcare organizations. It also helps IT teams to have a better understanding of the state of the healthcare IT segment across the board.
These are some of the highlights of the survey:

  • Fewer respondents expect bigger healthcare IT budgets this year, compared to the 68 percent last year. It is closer to the 52 percent recorded in 2013. Meanwhile, 38 percent predict IT budgets to stay the same, which is a significant increase compared to 2014’s 23 percent, and similar to 2013’s 41 percent.
  • More than half (64 percent) are optimistic that their IT department will be able to address demands this year, which is higher than the confidence levels posted in 2014 (59 percent), and 2013 (56 percent). Furthermore, 10 percent stated they are unsure.
  • The top five operationally focused segments identified as areas that need IT support the most include improving efficiency, reducing costs, improving existing IT applications and infrastructure, and managing risk.
  • The top four trends that are shaping organizations over the last two years are BI/Big Data, security, mobility, and consumerization of IT/BYOD.
  • Increases in spending are expected to be seen in security (70 percent), mobility (61 percent), BI/Big Data (60 percent), and Cloud (55 percent).
  • The key drivers for success in 2014 and 2015 are project managers, help desk/technical support, and programmers and developers.
  • The hardest positions to fill are project managers, security, programmers and developers, software engineers, and architects.
  • Wages are expected to increase for project managers (55 percent), software engineers (53 percent), and programmers and developers (52 percent). Also, 34 percent responded they expect salaries to increase for help desk/technical support.
  • More than half (73 percent) responded that overall IT salaries will increase in 2015, while 27 percent answered they expect salaries to stay the same.
  • Almost half (43 percent) of IT executives expect hiring more full-time IT staff, 52 percent anticipate hiring will stay the same, and only five percent expect to see a decrease.
  • As for the hiring activity for contingent IT staff,  42 percent see an increase, 52 percent expect it to remain the same, and only six percent are anticipating a decrease.

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