8 health systems laying off IT workers

Some hospitals and health systems are outsourcing or cutting IT jobs in a move to reduce operating costs.

Below are eight hospitals outsourcing or eliminating IT jobs, as reported by Becker's since July 18: 

Editor's notes: This list was updated Jan. 17 and will continue to be updated. 

  • West Orange, N.J.-based RWJBarnabas Health said it is laying off 79 employees. Seventy-four of those positions were "time-limited information technology training job functions," according to the health system. 

  • Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente said it is laying off 115 IT positions nationwide, with the majority in Northern California.

  • Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Novant Health told Becker's it is laying off IT workers as the system changes up its IT system.

  • West Reading, Pa.-based Tower Health outsourced a number of employees in its information technology department to an external vendor.

  • Somerville, Mass.-based Mass General Brigham is offering employees in its technology division buyouts in a bid to trim its workforce. Leaders informed digital staff members of the voluntary separation program last week, according to an internal memo obtained by the publication. Team members have until Nov. 15 to apply. The system will disclose how many employees accepted buyouts on Nov. 22. 

  • Bon Secours Mercy Health, based in Cincinnati, confirmed to Becker's that it is laying off some positions within its information and technology team. The health system told Becker's that it informed its information and technology team on Oct. 12 that "a small number" of positions were being eliminated. According to Bon Secours, the majority of these positions are open and unfilled roles.

  • Providence, R.I.-based Care New England said it will outsource some of its IT employees to health IT provider Kyndryl. Under the agreement, employees will join Kyndryl's team and will provide technical services to the health system. The move was made to reduce operating costs and give IT employees more career advancements, according to Care New England.

  • Franciscan Alliance, the parent company of Mishawaka, Ind.-based Franciscan Health Indianapolis, said it will move 61 employees from its information services department to an outside company and end their employment with Franciscan, effective Sept. 30.

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