How to Shorten the Time to Hire for Healthcare Organizations

Tammy Cohen, PHR, SHRM-CP

July 14 2015

The healthcare industry is an integral sector of the U.S. economy and provides vital services to American communities. Yet, the healthcare industry routinely faces challenges when it comes to recruiting and retaining quality medical professionals.

In 2014, the employee turnover rate was 17.2 percent for hospitals. The vacancy rate for nurses at hospitals was 7.2 percent in 2014. On average, it took hospitals 85 days to recruit qualified nurses to fill vacancies.

At the same time, the number of positions in healthcare services is growing exponentially. From January to April of 2015, the healthcare industry created an average of 34,000 new jobs per month. This compares to 11,600 new jobs per month created in the first quarter of 2014.

Unfilled healthcare positions result in double-shifts for existing employees and higher overtime costs for healthcare organizations.

Longer recruitment processes leave healthcare organizations understaffed and unable to adequately meet the needs of their patients.

Given these circumstances, healthcare organizations cannot afford any delays in their time to hire qualified applicants.

Healthcare organizations can shorten the hiring process with integrated background checks.


Integrated Background Checks for Healthcare Staff

Integrated background checks leverage advances in technology to facilitate efficient hiring processes. This results in more accurate data entry, increased efficiency of human resources staff, and a faster completion to the hiring process.

Integrated background checks connect existing human resource information systems and applicant tracking systems to the power of a web-based background screening system operated by a third party provider.

Utilizing integrated background checks shorten the time to hire by:

  • Providing a single point of entry to access all applicant information
  • Reducing paperwork and data entry errors
  • Expediting the flow of information between points in the hiring process
  • Increasing security of confidential information through enhanced encryption

How Can a Healthcare Organization Get Started with Integrated Background Checks?

A knowledgeable background screening services provider can ensure healthcare organizations experience a seamless system integration. Partnering with a qualified provider offers compatibility with several recognized human resource information systems and applicant tracking systems.

Background screening service providers can also support healthcare organizations implement comprehensive screening programs. This includes thorough criminal history searches, educational verification, medical license verification and confirmation of HIPAA compliance.

Integrated background checks can be used by small medical organizations and large healthcare facilities alike to improve efficiency and reduce the time to hire medical staff. As a result, healthcare organizations can lower costs significantly while enhancing the provision of services to their patients.

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  • Healthcare has one of the highest rates of fraud?
  • What percent of applicants have a criminal history?
  • How hit rates have changed over the past ten years?

About Tammy Cohen

Tammy Cohen, an industry pioneer and expert in identity and employment screening, founded InfoMart 30 years ago. Deemed the “Queen of Screen,” she’s been a force behind industry-leading innovations. She was most recently the first-to-market with a fully compliant sanctions search, as well as a suite of identity services that modernizes talent onboarding. Tammy revolutionized the screening industry when she stepped into the field, developing the first client-facing application and a due diligence criminal search that has since become standard for all background screening companies. Cohen has received national awards and honors for her business and civic involvement, including Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Top 25 Women-Owned Firms in Atlanta, Enterprising Women Magazine’s Enterprising Women of the Year award, the YWCA of Northwest Georgia’s Kathryn Woods Racial Justice Award, and a commendation in the 152nd Congressional Record. To learn more about Tammy, visit

About InfoMart

InfoMart has been revolutionizing the global background and identity screening industry for 30 years, providing businesses the information they need to make informed hiring decisions. They develop innovative technology that modernizes talent onboarding, including a first-to-market biometric identity authentication application and a verified sanctions search. The WBENC-certified company is a founding member of the Professional Background Screening Association, and they have achieved PBSA accreditation in recognition of their consistent business practices and commitment to compliance with the FCRA. The company is dedicated to customer service, speed, and accuracy, and it has been recognized for its success, workplace culture, and corporate citizenship with over 45 industry awards. To Get the Whole Story on InfoMart, please visit, follow @InfoMartUSA, or call (770) 984-2727.

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