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More Orgs Seeking Staff for Healthcare Privacy, Security Jobs

AHIMA research shows there is an increase in healthcare privacy and security job postings, with HIM-related careers moving toward more advanced positions.

Healthcare privacy and security skills are increasingly sought after, AHIMA found.

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By Elizabeth Snell

- There was a large increase in healthcare privacy and security job postings, indicating that the health information management (HIM) profession is continuing to evolve with the needs of healthcare organizations, according to a recent study published in the Journal of AHIMA.

Researchers conducted an analysis of HIM job postings on, including a total of 456 unique active job postings from around the US. The research team also conducted an analysis to summarize the shifting need for more technical credentials over the past five years.

“The majority of the job postings that were categorized as related to informatics/data analytics and education/communication largely required advanced skills, while those in alignment with IT/infrastructure and revenue cycle management coding and billing required mid-level skills,” report authors explained. “Privacy and security roles are represented in multiple categories including compliance/risk management and IT/infrastructure.”

AHIMA cites data on job skill requirements


Operations medical records administration was the most popular sub-category for potential HIM openings – approximately 75 percent – while revenue cycle management coding and billing accounted for nearly 9 percent of job postings.

However, 2016 saw a large increase in the number of job postings mentioning healthcare privacy and security.

Positions requiring the Certified in Healthcare Privacy and Security (CHPS) or Healthcare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPP) credentials have increased by more than 1,400 percent since 2014, researchers found.

Specifically, the percentage of job postings CHPS reached only 0.00031 in 2012, while that jumped to .0019 in 2014.

“Both the CHPS and HCISPP levels have remained high as 2017 began,” the researchers noted. “The authors interpret these numbers to indicate a sharp increase in industry demand for healthcare professionals with credentials in privacy and security.”

AHIMA cites Indeed data on healthcare privacy and security job postings


“The changes in HIM have been happening rapidly in this age of technological development. Implementation of the electronic health record (EHR) has been the largest contributor to the changes,” researchers explained. “The EHR has changed the way health information is managed, resulting in the need to train future HIM professionals in new educational competencies that align with evolving career opportunities.”

The research team added that both data analytics and privacy and security HIM specialty areas are likely to continue to increase in demand over the next few years. Health IT programs will maintain their development of specialty tracks, and the industry as a whole will keep evolving.  

The cybersecurity skills gap has been a consistent issue in several industries, and the healthcare sector is not immune from the struggle.

The Indeed Cybersecurity Skills Gap Report found that the supply for cybersecurity professionals cannot keep up with the demand.

In the US, the share of clicks/share of postings for cybersecurity in Q3 2014 was 60 percent. In Q3 2016 that number rose to 67 percent.

“When we compare clicks from job seekers to openings for cybersecurity roles posted by employers we can see just how serious the talent shortage gets, and the scale of the risk it represents for organizations,” the report’s authors stated.

McAfee’s Hacking the Skills Shortage report had similar findings, showing that 82 percent of respondents across the globe report a cybersecurity skills shortage, with 76 percent saying that their government is not investing enough in cybersecurity talent.   

Nearly one-third of those surveyed also said that the cybersecurity skills shortage makes organizations more desirable hacking targets. Twenty-five percent maintained that insufficient cybersecurity staff strength damaged their organization’s reputation and led directly to the loss of proprietary data through cyberattack.

“The deficit of cybersecurity talent is a challenge for every industry sector,” wrote the report’s authors. “The lack of trained personnel exacerbates the already difficult task of managing cybersecurity risks.”


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