BCBS of Montana prepares for health IT, server layoffs

Helena-based Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana will cut health IT and server positions by February or March next year, Independent Record reports.

The layoffs stem from the insurer's parent company's — Chicago-based Health Care Service Corporation — September decision to let go 70 percent of its IT infrastructure staff and outsource system maintenance to a foreign country.

Eleven or 12 positions at BCBS of Montana will be eliminated from the company's 580 employees.  

"Our new IT approach uses more flexible ways of working with new tools, and at the same time it allows us to invest in developing our own innovative, new capabilities," John Doran, senior director of public relations for BCBS of Montana, told Independent Record. "As part of this effort, we have made the difficult decision to eliminate some IT roles in our infrastructure group." 

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