Mike Rozmus at HIMSS
Mike Rozmus, chief information officer of RMH Healthcare, discusses important healthcare IT issues at the HIMSS Leadership Survey press briefing on Monday.
The personnel crunch is forcing many organizations to get creative in filling their staffing needs, especially as many IT personnel get so caught up in day-to-day operations that they aren't able to support new projects.
"We have reached out into the local community in terms of educational institutions to bring more young folks into the fold and get them trained so they can support us in our deployments," said Mike Rozmus, chief information officer of RMH Healthcare.
"We've also used contract labor in our consulting community more than we ever have in the past; they are bringing a whole lot of value to some of the implementation work that we can't really spread across the field of employees that we have right now."
Other speakers said the personnel crunch has forced them to do more with less, and prioritize certain projects such as meaningful use and conversion to new ICD-10 codes, which are set to go into effect next year.
"There are some very good projects with very good return on investment that we are going to have to set aside because we are focusing on key initiatives," Rozmus