Wanted: 40,000 More Health IT Professionals

A new study by an Oregon Health & Science University expert says a 40 percent hike in IT workforce will be needed to move U.S. healthcare toward a paperless system that controls costs and reduces medical errors.

If the U.S. healthcare system moves toward wider adoption of advanced information technology systems to control health care costs, reduce medical errors and improve patient care, it will need at least 40,000 additional health IT professionals or almost 40 percent more than U.S. hospitals now are estimated to employ.

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