Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems to cut 43 IT jobs

Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, based in Brewer, is in the process of eliminating 43 IT positions in an effort to avoid a budget shortfall.

The IT department is being centralized to increase efficiency within the system. EMHS' human resources and credentialing departments have already undergone similar structural changes.

EMHS System Vice President and CIO Kyle Johnson said restructuring the department will pay off. "This new streamlined structure will strategically position our IS teams to better meet the current and future IS needs of EMHS," he said. "In addition, it is estimated we will also achieve a $2 million decrease in annual operating costs by fiscal year 2016."

The staff reductions represent about a 12 percent cut to the system's IT department, which currently employs approximately 350 people.

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