Hospitals and Health Networks: “As if it already werenâ€™t tough enough to find and retain quality health information technology professionals, the recent passage of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act as part of the Obama administrationâ€™s broader economic stimulus package may only make the task more difficult. â€œWe had a shortage of talent before this stimulus was initiated,â€ says Timothy R. Zoph, chief information officer at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. â€œThis will exacerbate the problem.â€ Compounding the issue further is a triple whammy of major IT projects facing every health care organization. Not only is there the HITECH-fueled push for electronic health records, the stimulus law also tightens HIPAA privacy and security requirements, something American Health Information Management Association CEO Linda Kloss calls a â€œvery big challenge.â€ And already in the works is the transition to ICD-10 coding and the related ANSI X12 5010 electronic transactions.” – I can tell you from personal experience that this is already a big issue. IT departments are struggling to keep up with the limited technology in use by healthcare today; I cannot imagine the future as hospitals continue to adopt more and more advanced technology.