The Healthcare IT Talent Balance

Updated: Nov 5, 2018



The digital transformation in healthcare has had many impacts, from precision medicine to artificial intelligence and hospitals being held ransom over its data. One that has been less discussed, is the impact to the healthcare IT labor force. Health systems have a newfound need to manage numerous technical skills—now required to sustain IT operations and execute organizational initiatives. This has created the need for hyper-specialized knowledge workers and a constantly rotating pool of on-demand contract workers and permanent staff.

Healthcare IT leaders are facing the challenge of trying to walk the line between supplying highly skilled labor to deliver on organizational initiatives and the financial constraints of a healthcare industry under pressure to lower costs. This study explores this topic and proposes a framework for Healthcare IT leaders to maintain the balance of their talent pool—preparing their organizations to deliver on both the demands for IT initiatives and good stewardship of the hospital’s finances

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Don C. Ellis is a Sr. Partner and co-founder of Ellis & Adams. He works with E&A clients on operational performance and project portfolio management. Don has spent over 20 years in Healthcare IT, developing technologies for healthcare IT vendors and leading programs for E&A Clients ranging from large for-profit publicly traded systems to academic medical centers and small community hospitals. don.ellis@ellisandadams.com

James J. Adams is a Sr. Partner and co-founder of Ellis & Adams. He works with E&A clients on operational performance and productivity improvement, including personnel and staff optimization, serving as interim IT Operational Director and CTO. jeff.adams@ellisandadams.com

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