The health information technology workforce: Estimations of demands and a framework for requirements

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Background: There is increasing recognition that a competent and well-trained workforce is required for successful implementation of health information technology. Methods: New and previous research was gathered through literature and Web searching as well as domain experts. Overall themes were extracted and specific data collated within each. Results: There is still a paucity of research concerning the health information technology workforce. What research has been done can be classified into five categories: quantities and staffing ratios job roles gaps and growth leadership qualifications and education and competencies. From several countries it can be seen that substantial numbers of individuals are needed with diverse backgrounds and competencies. Conclusions: Additional research is necessary to determine the optimal organization and education of the health information technology workforce.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-212
Number of pages16
JournalApplied Clinical Informatics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010



  • Biomedical and health informatics
  • Clinical informatics
  • Health information technology
  • Workforce

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Health Information Management

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