As health IT budgets stabilize, confidence grows among execs

Even as budgets level out, the confidence of health IT leaders grows regarding their ability to meet business demands, according to a new survey by Hanover, Maryland-based TEKsystems, a provider of IT staffing solutions.

In its survey of CIOs and other health IT execs, 51 percent of respondents said they expect their organization's healthcare IT budget to increase in 2015, down from 68 percent who said so a year ago. Thirty-eight percent expect IT budgets to stay the same, compared with 23 percent in 2014.

The data represents the views of 86 healthcare IT leaders in 2015, 109 in 2014 and 64 in 2013, collected during TEKsystems' annual IT forecasts.

"Last year, we saw an early surge in the numbers of healthcare IT leaders expecting to see budget increases due to the overarching mandate to meet the former ICD-10 implementation deadline and to get new healthcare technology initiatives off the ground," Ryan Skains, executive director of TEKsystems Healthcare Services, said in an announcement.

"We are seeing those numbers level out as organizations not only make headway on the projects they have begun, but as they increasingly become confident in their staff's expanding expertise and ability to meet major deadlines."

Among other findings:

  • The majority of healthcare IT leaders predict spending increases in security (70 percent), mobility (61 percent), business intelligence /Big Data (60 percent) and cloud services (55 percent).
  • Seventy-three percent of healthcare IT leaders expect overall IT salaries to increase in 2015. The remaining 27 percent expect salaries to stay the same.
  • The most difficult positions to fill on health IT teams were project managers; security professionals; programmers and developers; software engineers; architects; and BI pros.

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) recently warned that many healthcare organizations have not taken advantage of the one-year delay for implementation of ICD-10 and the laggards could create "significant disruption" in the industry.

Meanwhile, an article at CIO urged healthcare to move away from spending on massive systems and instead adopt the more agile, entrepreneurial approach used by the likes of Apple, Google and Samsung.

To learn more:
- read the announcement

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