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The Impact of Health Information Technology And e-Health on the Future Demand For Physician Services - In the June, 2015 edition of Health Affairs, Weiner et. al. explore how health information technology (IT) and electronic health (e-health) applications might affect the future demand for physicians. They estimate that if health IT were fully implemented in just 30% of community-based physicians’ offices, the demand for physicians would be reduced by about 4–9%. Delegation of care to nurse practitioners and physician assistants supported by health IT could reduce the future demand for physicians by 4–7%. Similarly, IT-supported delegation from specialist physicians to generalists could reduce the demand for specialists by 2–5%. The use of health IT could also help address regional shortages of physicians by potentially enabling 12% of care to be delivered remotely or asynchronously. To read more click here

Who Cares For Older Adults? Workforce Implications of an Aging Society - There is a critical shortage of geriatrics-prepared health care professionals. Yet 58% of baccalaureate nursing programs have no full-time faculty certified in geriatric nursing. Only three of the nation’s 145 medical schools have geriatrics departments, and less than 10% of these require a geriatrics course. A recent article by Kovner et. al. argues that every health care worker must have some education in geriatrics and access to geriatrics care experts. To read more click here

Future Demand for Long Term Care Workers Will be Influenced By Demographic and Utilization Changes - A looming question for policy makers is how growing diversity in the US elderly population and greater use of home and community-based services will affect demand for long-term care workers. A recent study by Spetz et. al. in the June, 2015 edition of Health Affairs finds that, if current trends continue, the occupations anticipated to grow the most by 2030 are counselors and social workers (94%), community and social services workers (93%), and home health and personal care aides (88%). To read more click here

Fast Facts
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This study surveyed Chief Nursing Officers in all of South Carolina's general acute care hospitals in early 2015 to learn about the nursing labor market and how it might be changing. Focus areas include new graduate employment, recruitment difficulties, changing roles for RNs, goals for a BSN-prepared workforce, support for extended education among RNs, perceived barriers to increasing the BSN workforce, and future expectations for nursing employment levels.
The results reveal a strong preference for experienced RNs in the hiring process and that the labor market for experienced RNs is starting to tighten. Most hospitals have hired new graduate RNs in the past year and many intend to increase that number in the coming year. About one-third of hospitals reported that it is becoming more difficult to hire staff RNs and nursing assistants.

The Office for Healthcare Workforce Analysis and Planning (OHW) provides a central location for coordinating research into the supply and demand for different types of healthcare providers in our state, and ac ts as a central clearinghouse for research results. Producing the wide variety of healthcare providers needed in today's healthcare market can be costly and complex. Having a regular source of information about workforce supply and demand trends will he lp our policy makers, legislators, and educational systems make the best decisions about where to invest our resources. In turn, those decisions will help to ensure that South Carolina citizens have access to the healthcare services they need and want.

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From the Director's Office

Welcome to the Office for Healthcare Workforce Analysis and Planning. Here you will find information about the healthcare workforce in South Carolina. We will be posting the results of our research on a regular basis. If you are seeking information about a particular group of healthcare professionals and do not find what you need here, please contact our office.

Office for Healthcare Workforce Analysis and Planning,
South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium
19 Hagood Ave., Suite 802, Charleston, SC 29425 Phone: (843) 792-4431