How is your IT relationship?
IT is a critical component for the ongoing success of a simulation center that taking time to reflect on your relationship with the department is important. Tom Brewster from the UK’s online PCPRO Magazine writes a captivating article about the misconceptions and perceived inner world of the “IT Department”:
“Everyone hates the IT department,” an executive with storage and data-recovery firm EMC told us recently. But why is there so much antipathy towards a department that is, after all, designed to help and support workers?
Often interred in the basement, trapped between the rack servers and a bank of screens, the IT worker is cut adrift – both physically and psychologically – from the rest of the company.
Afforded little more respect than cleaners, the widespread belief that IT isn’t an essential part of an organisation is belied by the fact that companies need IT to function. It’s the first department to be blamed when something goes wrong, and the last to be credited for success.
So why is IT the most maligned department? Why is there such a disconnect between the enterprise and IT for so long? We try to find out.”
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Here at the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas, we have a combined IT & Simulation Technician named Jonathan Sturak, who represents the center when dealing with the UNLV campus IT department or various technological vendors. He is a crucial member of the team and we could not survive without his daily presence here in the lab.
Does your school have ongoing IT support? If not, how does your lab get by? Write a comment and let us know!
Lance Baily, BA, EMT-B, is the Founder & CEO of HealthySimulation.com, which he started while serving as the Director of the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas back in 2010. Lance is also the Founder and acting Advisor to the Board of SimGHOSTS.org, the world’s only non-profit organization dedicated to supporting professionals operating healthcare simulation technologies. His new co-edited Book: “Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Operations, Technology, and Innovative Practice” is available now. Lance’s background also includes serving as a Simulation Technology Specialist for the LA Community College District, EMS fire fighting, Hollywood movie production, rescue diving, and global travel. He lives with his wife Abigail in Las Vegas, Nevada.