VMS in Healthcare Staffing Poised for a Comeback

After suffering a body blow during the recent recession, the healthcare staffing industry is again gaining momentum. The perfect storm of high unemployment coupled with loss of job security created a negative trend for staffing firms. Nurses whose spouses were unemployed re-entered the workforce and many existing nurses put retirement plans on hold. Despite the aging population, loss of insurance coupled with delays in elective surgeries created a sudden flat-lining for nurse demand.

Although it was a tough period in healthcare staffing, it portends a much greater demand in the future, in spite of political considerations. Every potential supply dynamic for nursing outside new graduates has been exhausted. On the demand side, the population is still aging, and the medical procedures can only be delayed for so long. Add to these dynamics a never before seen growth in seriously obese Americans, and demand in non-elective healthcare will again see significant growth. This demand will once again create a need for healthcare entities to better manage this surge in human resources.

Ebay is an example of maximizing integration of supply to demand. Products are presented to the world and the market determines the value. As demand continues to increase, healthcare leaders will again be looking at methods to maximize exposure to the healthcare workforce, while minimizing risk through quantifiable vetting procedures. This is why VMS and MSP solutions will once again be on the minds of healthcare executives around the country. Leveraging the scalability of sophisticated software applications will again re-emerge as methods to reach the maximum number of caregivers will be sorely needed. As financial officers around the country try to make sense of the new staffing dynamic, the VMS will once again be front and center.

Tim Teague
Tim Teague is president of Blue Sky Medical Staffing Software. He can be reached at tteague (at) blueskymss (dot) com.

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cholley1962
cholley1962

Talk to some of the Cerner's largest client that have left.  I have managed Cerner on VMS, UNIX and now LINUX is carving out AIX / HP-UX (joke).  Always chasing cheap labor and open source. Never thinking about the day where viruses / malware and all the hackers that have plagued Windows are coming your way.  LINUX and UNIX has make Cerner more unstable, harder to manage, and your RHO business will start to decline in another 3 yrs +/- 1.  Keep up the listening to direct reports that are making deal and feeding you bad information. 

cholley1962
cholley1962

EPIC has taken advantage of Cerner poor vision.  VMS has better DT, DR, HA and explains why Banks us this OS platform Neal Patterson has lost touch with the future, and Linux will prove to be his undoing once the sharks circle Red Hat .   If Larry Ellison could see beyond the end of his recently purchased island he would see VMS is a perfect fit for Oracle's Native OS.  If Mark Hurd retired, and younger blood could advise Larry this is a home run.  THINK!    I can't tell you how many Cerner client (long term) left because of the OS port issue.  New clients are in the dark.  Finally Larry if you don't purchase Cerner, you might want to think about retirement.  The train is leaving the station and I have been telling you this for 7+ yrs.  You must be getting NARROW minded.  I could increase Oracles profits by 20% in a very short period of time.   I'm afraid EPIC will take the battle to you before you find your way out of your Visio.  973-534-0375.

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