April 7, 2009

American Medical Association Announces 100 Layoffs

The American Medical Association is laying off about 100 workers, or 8 percent of its staff, to “offset declining revenues amid the ongoing economic downturn,” the Chicago-based national doctors group said this afternoon.

The staff cuts at the nation’s largest doctor group will trim “open and existing staff positions” at both its Chicago headquarters and Washington offices effective May 4, the AMA said. The AMA has about 1,200 staffers.

Source: Chicago Tribune

March 24, 2009

Hospira To Cut 10% Of Work Force In Streamlining Plan

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According to CNNMoney: ” Medical products-company Hospira Inc. (HSP) plans to cut 10% of its work force, streamline operations and evaluate non-core businesses in an effort to improve efficiency and spur growth.

The Lake Forest, Ill., company, which had more than 14,500 workers as of Dec. 31, is targeting annual cost savings as high as $140 million.”

March 17, 2009

Kaiser to cut 860 information technology jobs

According to SFGate: “Kaiser Permanente is cutting 860 information technology jobs nationwide under a realignment that includes a $500 million deal giving IBM management duties at Kaiser’s medical records data centers.”

“The Oakland health maintenance organization, which has spent as much as $5 billion over the past five years building up its electronic records system, said Monday it has inked a seven-year deal with IBM to maximize the performance of its data processing units.”

“In a separate action, Kaiser is eliminating an additional 160 information technology jobs scattered across 30 locations as it pares back spending due to the impact of the economic downturn.”

“Of the 700 staffers affected by the IBM deal, 500 work at one of the California data centers, which are located in Pasadena, Corona, Napa, Walnut Creek and Irvine

~News submitted by Jack R.

February 9, 2009

Yet Another Scandal for ‘India’s Enron’ (Satyam Computer Services)

According to FoxNews: “Satyam Computer Services Ltd., the Indian tech giant at the center of a $1 billion executive fraud and a World Bank ethics scandal, is involved in yet another kind of debacle — this time at the United Nations’ public health arm, the World Health Organization (WHO).

At issue is Satyam’s role in the development of a $55.5 million global business management system for WHO, which was slated to become the master control for staffing, financial payments and procurement by the organization by an initial deadline of September 2007.

That deadline has long since passed, and instead, according to documents obtained by FOX News, the project is far behind schedule, wallowing in glitches that have deeply affected WHO operations, and, despite management claims to the contrary, likely to end up far exceeding its budget.

Moreover, according to the documents, in the push to get at least part of the system up and running by last summer, Satyam ignored the instructions of the software’s manufacturer, Oracle, for implementing the complex system; ran user tests that validated the system without “being able to replicate a real-life situation,” provided little or no training to WHO employees; and failed to adequately involve health care professionals who see the system as a vital tool, among a host of other failings.”

February 8, 2009

University of Chicago Medical Center may lay off hundreds

Attempting to cut $100 million in expenses, the University of Chicago Medical Center is planning layoffs that could number in the hundreds, the Sun-Times has learned.

U. of C. has not disclosed the final number, but a report citing possible cuts of 500 to 1,000 jobs is “high,” a source close to the matter said Saturday.

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

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