Rich (IT) man, poor (IT) man

By Jack Beaudoin
12:00 AM

California isn't the only state to seek IT solutions to solve a severe nursing shortage. While Wyoming might not share much in common with the Golden State, government officials believe the answer to their hospital staffing needs may lie with technology.

According to the Casper Star Tribune, Wyoming State Board of Nursing executive director Cheryl Koski asked legislators in late January for between $50,000 and $150,000 a year to maintain data on nursing, enter data, pay postage for surveys and hire someone "to run the operation." Koski told lawmakers the request wasn't about data per se, but about healthcare, which is experiencing a significant shortage in the number of registered nurses working in Wyoming. She noted that without enough nurses in the state's healthcare facilities, quality care will suffer.

Unfortunately for Koski, state officials are still bickering over the current state of affairs.

According to the newspaper, Wyoming Department of Health Director Deb Fleming believes the state is "research poor and analysis poor."

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But Wyoming Healthcare Commission Director Diane Harrop disagrees. The state has lots of data, she told the newspaper. "But there's no method to share it... We are data rich, but information poor."

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