Healthcare organizations turn to technical staffing providers for two reasons: 1) to fill a skills gap on their technical team; and 2) to help them through a period of change – for instance, when they are updating their electronic health record (EHR) system. Currently, the latter is the most common due the rapid rate of technological advancement. Not only is technology constantly changing, but the gap between open positions and the skills of available experts is growing — there simply aren’t enough people to fill each job role as it is created.
If technology expertise were the only concern, any IT consultant could support a healthcare project. However, healthcare organizations also have larger concerns on the line – complying with regulations, managing costs, maintaining security, and most importantly, delivering the best patient outcomes possible. Things like predictive analysis, AI, and other innovations further complicate matters. Every technical healthcare consulting project must not only focus on the technology itself, but also on how the technology is used each day — both now and in the future — to deliver quality healthcare services.
Therefore, technical staffing partners increasingly provide healthcare organizations with more than just technical experts. Project teams may include experienced consultants who can support project design, change management, and training in addition to consultants who provide the required technical know-how. Technical staffing partners may also deliver advisory services, interim leadership, HIM coding professionals, audits and compliance reviews, and cybersecurity guidance to help their healthcare clients use technology to effectively manage and optimize patient care. These consultants stay on the cutting-edge of industry trends, and must effectively develop their skills to remain relevant in the industries they serve. To learn more about the latest trends and topics on the horizon, check out the Future of Health Care IT.