PeaceHealth is laying off nearly 100 employees whose work will be outsourced to two health information management companies.
The Vancouver-based health care provider is expanding its current relationship with EDCO Health Information Solutions, a Missouri-based scanning and indexing software company, and entering into a new agreement with Ciox Health, a Georgia-based health information management company. As a result, 95 positions will be eliminated across the three-state PeaceHealth system; 35 positions are at Vancouver facilities.
“As part of our commitment to our patients and communities, PeaceHealth continues to enhance how we deliver clinical excellence and compassionate care with the very best value,” PeaceHealth officials said in a written statement. “To further this goal, we are partnering with industry-leading health information management providers to standardize how we perform medical record scanning, document management and release of information functions. These partnerships are intended to enhance care by making the digitization, consolidation and secure movement of health information as efficient and fast as possible for our patients, partners and caregivers.”
The expanded partnership with EDCO will result in the elimination of 60 positions providing document management services at PeaceHealth facilities. PeaceHealth already uses EDCO technology at select sites and is significantly expanding its partnership to standardize digital scanning processes, said Jeremy Rush, PeaceHealth spokesman.
The EDCO implementation is a phased processed that will begin in the next 30 to 45 days. The job cuts will be effective in mid-November, Rush said.