Technical Stimulus

So there I was at HIMSS where I met two friends…

While one vendor was explaining their products, they referenced how you could take advantage of the Stimulus Package — each doctor can get $44,000 by signing up for and using the electronic health record system they were selling.

As a selling point for their wonderful products, they had a real, live user — CIO of a 260-bed hospital — describe his experience. By automating the paper forms, they gained better use of their data and less storage needs, etc. The savings from reducing their staff of 150 people down to a mere 50 people was “$4M in FTE alone!”

I wonder if anyone else sees the irony in this… Or is it just me?