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March 2013

Health IT salary data spurs optimism about 2013

The restless economy might be constricting IT budgets -- and salaries -- in some market sectors, but with meaningful use, HIPAA and the Affordable Care Act requiring significant technology support, health IT salaries in a recent survey show workers in this sector are holding on to what they have or are making small gains. That could be a harbinger of better days for 2013 and beyond. “Health care IT is certainly maturing,” said Tricia Pattee, HealtheCareers product director. “We are seeing sub-specialties and shifts emerge in the prioritization of certain jobs over others, which means we anticipate new salary levels and pay grades in the field. It’s an exciting time to be working in the health care industry.”     A sizable chunk -- 230 of the 778 respondents -- in TechTarget's IT Salary Survey 2012 indicated they worked in companies connected to health care. They represented large and small providers, including hospitals and outpatient offices/clinics, payers, health information exchanges, health IT consultants and even employees...

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