I’m not sure if I should be disturbed by this, proud that Mike made the career shift, amazed that there’s such an EHR workforce shortage that they hired a weatherman or wonder if Mike is friends with someone at the Kansas REC and that’s how he got the job. I know I’m definitely amazed that the Kansas REC would list their HITREC Manager’s profile as a weatherman and pharmaceutical sales rep. Here’s the profile from the website:
Mike Rohleder, BS in Atmospheric Science from the University of Kansas. Prior to joining KFMC, Mike worked for 5 years in pharmaceutical sales and for 5 years in broadcast media as a meteorologist.
I have a feeling there are a bunch of newly trained EHR folks coming out of the community college programs that won’t be too happy about this since they can’t find jobs working with EHR and yet a weatherman can.
I don’t know the Kansas REC or Mike Rohleder at all. Maybe he’s a fantastic manager and this was a great hire. Maybe it’s just the idea of a weatherman turned REC Manager just feels odd.
I think I’ll lean towards the idea that there’s a shortage of really qualified EHR talent. Plus, with EHR vendors and clinics competing for the talent, I have a feeling RECs can’t offer comparable salaries.