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April 8, 2019

LinkedIn's top 50 companies to work for. (Hint: They're hungry for health care skills.)

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    LinkedIn on Wednesday released its list of the Top 50 Companies in the United States highlighting the "companies where Americans want to work"—and the list includes a number of big tech companies that are actively expanding into health care.

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    About the list

    For the list, LinkedIn sought to identify where U.S. job seekers want to work and which companies are retaining their employees. To do so, LinkedIn's editors and data scientists analyzed data on U.S. LinkedIn members, including their:

    • Interest in a company;
    • Engagement with employees from a company;
    • Job demand; and
    • Employee retention.

    Overall, the top 10 companies where U.S. LinkedIn members want to work are:

    1. Alphabet;
    2. Facebook;
    3. Amazon;
    4. Salesforce;
    5. Deloitte;
    6. Uber;
    7. Apple;
    8. Airbnb;
    9. Oracle; and
    10. Dell Technologies.

    Click here to view the full list.

    Many tech companies look to health care

    While the list featured only one company that is primarily focused on the health care industry—Johnson & Johnson, which ranked 27th—a striking number of the top companies are actively expanding into health care.

    In particular:

    These ambitious health care goals have led to a wave of hiring. In a LinkedIn blog post, Jaimy Lee noted that between 2017 and 2018, the number of employees with health care skills listed on their profiles (like "health care management" or HIPAA) increased by 22% at seven large tech companies: Alphabet, Facebook, Amazon, Salesforce, Uber, Apple, and Lyft.

    Some of those hires include especially big names. Google, for instance, hired former Geisinger CEO David Feinberg to lead the company's health care initiatives; Lyft hired Megan Callahan from Change Healthcare and McKesson; and Uber hired Aaron Crowell, formerly of One Call Care Management, to head up Uber Health.

    Why tech companies need the skills of health care workers

    Even as tech companies are seeking to expand into health care, they still have much to learn about the industry, Lee writes.

    After all, the tech mantra of "move fast and break things" doesn't always work in health care, as Matt Arnold, principal analyst at Decision Resources Group, noted. He said, "You can end up with dead patients. These are industries and skill sets that have much to learn from each other."

    In particular, tech companies need to learn about health care regulations and business dynamics, including long buying cycles, demand for evidence-based practices, and complex payment and reimbursement systems, Lee writes.

    That said, tech companies also have something the health care industry needs: the ability to create a good customer experience, Lee writes.

    "Health care really has everything to learn from tech, and its iterative, agile approach," Arnold said. "This is all new stuff to the health care industry. They are not famous for providing a good user experience" (Roth, LinkedIn, 4/3; Lee, LinkedIn, 4/3).

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