We recently posted about a niche area for hiring in the healthcare space: IT professionals with healthcare experience. This is being impacted by the HITECH Act, which provides funding to medical organizations to convert patient records into electronic files. However, there is another area growing in healthcare, likely due to increasing use of electronic and digital systems: Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and Electronic Health Records (EHR). In August, more than 15,000 jobs were advertised online for healthcare professionals that required EMR or EHR skills in the United States. The number of ads including this knowledge or experience increased 31% year-over-year (compared to August of 2011) and 88% in the past 2 years.
Hiring Demand for Electronic Medical Record (EMR) or Electronic Health Records (EHR) Skills in Healthcare Jobs
Electronic medical records are currently the most commonly required skill set in healthcare jobs. As more healthcare providers switch to digital record-keeping, these skills are required across the healthcare field. The most commonly advertised job titles for healthcare professionals with EMR or EHR skills are:
- Registered Nurse
- Nurse Practitioner
- Family Practice Physician
- Physician Internal Medicine
- Physician Assistant
- Medical Billing Coding
- Nurse II Inpatient Nursing
- Family Medicine Physician
Healthcare professionals with electronic records training or experience are in-demand across the United States. The metropolitan areas with the highest volume of listings in August were Minneapolis, New York, Chicago, Phoenix, and Boston. While healthcare employers in Minneapolis placed the highest number of job ads for this talent pool, one of the highest year-over-year growth areas was actually seen in New York where demand grew more than 245% in August 2012 compared to August 2011. The second highest growth was seen in Phoenix, up 127% versus last year.
Since this skill is somewhat new to the healthcare industry, there is a limited talent supply of potential candidates with EMR or EHR experience currently in the workforce. This is likely to create challenges for employers. Our Hiring Scale™ shows employers across the United States spend an average of 6 weeks advertising jobs and sourcing candidates for positions that require these skills. Each location will, however, experience a varying degree of difficulty when sourcing. Healthcare organizations in Fairbanks, Alaska are currently experiencing some of the most challenging overall recruiting conditions. Competition has emerged as more employers are looking to fill jobs in these areas than the local talent supply can support. Job ads in the Fairbanks area remain online for an average of 7.5 weeks.
Heat Map of Hiring Scales for EMR and EHR Skills in Healthcare Jobs
In comparison, the Hiring Scale also shows the locations experiencing the least difficulties recruiting this talent are Rochester, New York and Chicago, Illinois. Larger talent supply in these metro areas, means that Recruiters are likely to fill open healthcare positions that require EMR or EHR skills faster than average.
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