Intermountain Healthcare will outsource another round of employees to a vendor; this time, in the system's information technology department.
The Salt Lake City-based health system announced Wednesday that effective June 3, 98 of its IT employees will work for DXC Technology, a move Intermountain said is designed to accelerate adoption of new computer technologies and boost the quality of care it provides.
"As a healthcare provider that is not in the business of developing IT solutions, Intermountain has found it makes sense to partner with highly efficient and effective companies such as DXC to perform certain IT tasks," Marc Probst, Intermountain's chief information officer, said in a statement.
The affected employees work in areas like computer support, such as phone technicians who help other employees, internet access and system administration, Intermountain wrote in a news release. They will receive job offers from DXC with continuation of employment for at least one year.
Many of the employees who accept offers from Tysons, Va.-based DXC will continue to work on Intermountain projects; some will do work for other DXC clients, according to Intermountain's news release.
Intermountain will offer placement agency services to employees who do not want to transfer to DXC.
"Currently, people with IT skills are in high demand locally and nationally," the statement said.
Another 260 IT employees at Intermountain will not be affected. They work in cybersecurity, on-site support, telehealth and in the system's data center.
Intermountain wrote in its release that this is the last new or expanded partnership it will consider in the foreseeable future.
DXC provides IT services to businesses and governments. It has 150,000 employees in more than 70 countries and serves about 6,000 clients, including Amazon Web Services, AT&T and Microsoft. Intermountain has worked with the company since 2012.
The announcement follows Intermountain's announcement in January that it will outsource 2,300 nonclinical employees to the revenue cycle management company R1 RCM in a move that's expected to save $70 million over the next three years.
Intermountain has said the employees that transition to R1 will keep the same rate of pay and, in most cases, will continue to work in their current locations. Neither Intermountain nor DXC immediately responded to questions about whether employees transitioning to DXC will receive the same pay and work in the same locations.