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ERIC Number: ED014555
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-May
Pages: 115
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TECHNOLOGY AND MANPOWER IN THE HEALTH SERVICE INDUSTRY, 1965-75.
STURM, HERMAN M.
BASED UPON PUBLISHED SOURCES AND INTERVIEWS WITH EXPERTS, THE STUDY LOOKS TOWARD PROBABLE CHANGES IN THE SIZE AND JOB CONTENT OF KEY HEALTH OCCUPATIONS TO POINT OUT PROBLEMS AND OPPORTUNITIES IN DEVELOPING PROGRAMS AND POLICIES. SOME FACTORS AFFECTING HEALTH MANPOWER ARE (1) DEVELOPMENTS IN DIAGNOSIS AND PATIENT CARE, INCLUDING AUTOMATED CLINICAL LABORATORY EQUIPMENT, IMPROVED SURGICAL TECHNIQUES AND EQUIPMENT, AND THE USE OF THE ELECTRONIC COMPUTER IN DIAGNOSIS, (2) HOSPITAL INFORMATION HANDLING, ESPECIALLY THE APPLICATION OF THE ELECTRONIC COMPUTER, (3) IMPROVEMENT IN HOSPITAL SUPPLIES AND SERVICES, INCLUDING THE USE OF DISPOSABLE ITEMS AND IMPROVED MATERIALS HANDLING EQUIPMENT, AND (4) IMPROVEMENTS IN THE MANAGEMENT AND STRUCTURAL DESIGN OF HEALTH FACILITIES FOR BETTER UTILIZATION OF PERSONNEL, EQUIPMENT, AND SPACE. IN GENERAL, CHANGING TECHNOLOGY WILL AFFECT HEALTH MANPOWER GRADUALLY. LABORSAVING INNOVATIONS WILL PROBABLY NEITHER CAUSE WORKERS TO LOSE THEIR JOBS NOR ALLEVIATE HEALTH MANPOWER SHORTAGES. CONTENT OF HEALTH JOBS WILL CHANGE, AND NEW JOBS WILL APPEAR AS NEW EQUIPMENT AND TECHNIQUES ARE INTRODUCED, BUT THE DEMANDS FOR WORKERS WITH NEW SKILLS WILL PROBABLY NOT OUTSTRIP THE CAPACITY FOR TRAINING THEM UNDER WIDELY RECOMMENDED LONG-RANGE PLANS. ANTICIPATED EMPLOYMENT GROWTH FROM 1965 TO 1975 IS 75 PERCENT FOR X-RAY TECHNICIANS, 60 PERCENT FOR MEDICAL LABORATORY PERSONNEL, 55 PERCENT FOR REHABILITATION AND OTHER TECHNICIANS, AND MORE THAN 40 PERCENT FOR NURSING PERSONNEL. RECOMMENDED ARE THE REMOVAL OF WAGE AND EMPLOYMENT CONDITION INEQUITIES TO ATTRACT ALREADY QUALIFIED PERSONS BACK TO EMPLOYMENT, THE EXPANSION OF GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE TRAINING PROGRAMS, AND BETTER COORDINATION BETWEEN GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE AGENCIES IN DEALING WITH HEALTH MANPOWER SHORTAGES. THIS DOCUMENT IS AVAILABLE FROM U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, MANPOWER ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF MANPOWER POLICY, EVALUATION, AND RESEARCH, WASHINGTON, D.C. 20210. (JK)
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Authoring Institution: Office of Manpower Policy, Evaluation, and Research (DOL), Washington, DC.
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