The apocalypse for Information Technology (IT) workers within healthcare has come. Emblem Health announced that they will be releasing 250 IT workers due to the fact that “We came to realize that building our own technology would require hundreds of millions of dollars and require time that we didn’t have,” states CEO Karen Ignagni.
In a nutshell, they have to lay off their IT crew and outsource because of poor technology planning on the part of their senior executives, go figure.
Of course being the caring and forward thinking company Emblem is, it will be offering a “Customized retraining program that we are preparing in partnership with Cognizant,” the CEO says. Cognizant is their outsourcing company.
I have been through this; it’s not as nice as they make it sound. It is very similar to mergers and companies that are sold to another where you have a counterpart. Not everyone gets to keep their job, or is hired, and it is no picnic.
If you have the chance to get hired this doesn’t mean you will retain your salary or any benefits you may have, like vacation. It’s like starting a new job. The person being outsourced essentially has to interview for the position they already occupy, and it’s a good bet there will be a lot less money on the table, but hey, it’s a job, right? That’s if the person is offered it. Chances are the outsourcing company may only take on 10 employees, and that’s being generous.
Did I fail to mention that the outsourcing company Cognizant “is known for its use of H-1B visa workers.” So yeah, there’s that, and since this is mentioned, it is reasonable to infer that Emblem uses mainly H-1B workers instead of U.S. citizens.
Ever since information technology went main stream, it has always been seen as a “black hole” of sorts within non-technical companies. The IT department is always the first to get eviscerated when budgets are cut; layoffs are needed during bad times, or to simply trim the salary base.
I can’t help but wonder if the “Health IT Boom’ is over, and we are now seeing the beginning of a course correction. Those that are working so hard to find work within this field, and those who were lucky enough to gain employment, might now be on the waning end of the ride. Also, the ones who went into it as a second career after the recession are now cast aside once more because of poor leadership, stakeholder demands and cutbacks now face another downturn.
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