Tech skill talent shortage 'pressing issue' in healthcare | Healthcare Asia Magazine

Tech skill talent shortage 'pressing issue' in healthcare

Lack of funding and specific talents seem to be the top concerns in healthcare workforce.

The healthcare industry continues to bear the brunt of the increasing mismatch of supply and demand for tech-savvy experts, with a limited supply of individuals possessing digital skills, said GlobalData, a data and analytics firm.

Their survey reveals a "lack of specific skills and talents (43%), followed by insufficient funding (40%), and organizational silos (36%) were seen as the most significant hindrances among the surveyed healthcare industry professionals."

Urte Jakimaviciute, senior director of market research at GlobalData, said “A severe lack of investment in digital skills, even before the COVID-19 outbreak, training and education takes time to resolve. Until the talent shortage gap is bridged, businesses will continue to compete for currently available resources.”

According to GlobalData, this has been going on since 2020 when hospitals started to advance their digital initiatives to provide better patient outcomes.

"Due to increasing levels of digitalization and technology adoption, this issue is only going to grow. For example, there is a lot of buzz around an increasing uptake of AI-based solutions, however, if we take a look at healthcare services, there are many healthcare workers who do not have direct experience with AI technologies," read the statement.

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