No, I Didn’t Actually Change Jobs

By | October 31, 2018

A few days ago I got around to updating my profile on various social media sites like LinkedIn and Facebook with my current employment information… and thanks to the wonders of modern algorithms, dozens of people I’m connected to on those sites promptly started congratulating me on my “new job”.

Thing is, I didn’t actually change jobs. I’m in the exact same job I’ve been in since May of 1998 (although the job has expanded and grown with me), but I’m on my third employer in that time frame.

“Wot?” you say?

I started at IDX Systems Corporation in May of 1998. IDX was a Vermont health care software corporation with offices in Seattle, Boston, Dallas, Chicago, and a few other places. We wrote and sold the software that did the scheduling and billing for hospitals and physician practices (we also had an imaging division and an EMR division, but I did very little work with those).

GE bought IDX in late 2005 and rolled us in under their “GE Healthcare” division. Unfortunately, GE a) didn’t always seem at home in the software business (its strength was in hardware), and b) the massive losses in the Great Recession in the GE Capital division caused GE to turn around and slash the legacy IDX workforce, getting rid of products we were developing, cutting back on new initiatives, and so on. We continued to operate, but I can’t tell you how many great co-workers were either RIF’d or took other jobs. GE had a tremendous sense of commitment to its existing and new customers, but the urge to grow, expand, and enhance our software products just wasn’t there.

So when GE started its serious struggles in recent years, we all wondered when the other shoe was going to drop. Were we going to be spun off, sold, shut down, what? The answer came in the spring of 2018, when Veritas Venture Capital agreed to buy the value-based care division of GE Healthcare (basically the legacy IDX products and staff with the exception of radiology and imaging systems) and spin it off into a new company. Veritas was an unknown to most of us, but we soon learned that Veritas has a track record of buying underperforming operations from other companies, investing in them, and getting them strong enough to sell off again. And as far as we know, that’s more or less the plan for us. Right now we’re all feeling pretty optimistic.

The sale to Veritas closed in July and we operated in kind of a weird limbo of sort-of-GE and sort-of-not under the name “VVC NewCo”. We’re still in that limbo (my email address is still ends in and my laptop is a GE laptop, and so on) but as of a couple of weeks ago we finally got our new name: Virence Health Technologies. But my co-workers are the same co-workers I had before GE sold us, and in some cases, they’re the same co-workers I had back when I worked for IDX. Our customers are the same customers I worked with before the sale. Operationally, very little has changed. So far. I expect things to get interesting as the remaining connections to GE are severed and the company’s shiny brand-new leadership launches us on exciting and challenging endeavours.

Same job. Third employer. Life is weird.

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3 thoughts on “No, I Didn’t Actually Change Jobs

  1. jackd

    I know well how this particular corporate dance works. I started as a contractor for EDS in 2005, went full-time in 2008, EDS got bought by HP, HP split off Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE), and HPE executed a “spin-merge” where most of the company was spun off and merged with an outfit called CSC, with the resulting company named DXC Technology. I’ve been doing the same job in the same organization for 13 years, but the name on my pay stubs has changed four times!

  2. Michael W. Wellman

    Can I play too?

    Joined InterCon Systems in 1990 or so, acquired by PSINet in 1995, as a standalone PSINet subsidiary merged with Software Ventures, my engineering group purchased by Ascend Communications in 1997, acquired by Lucent in 1999, spun out of Lucent as Agere Systems in 2000, and finally my systems and engineering group purchased by Proxim in 2002.

    Same desk. 7 “companies”.


    1. Jay Furr Post author

      As it happens, it looks like I’m going to get another notch on my own stick soon too — apparently we’re going to join with an existing Massachusetts company, athenahealth, and take on their name. Woohoo! (I was never a huge fan of “Virence”. Despite saying “it’s pronounced ‘veer-ence'” I couldn’t help looking at the word and thinking “virulent”.)

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