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Mike F: There is a lot of talk about urgency here as legacy code bases become antiquated. How do we ensure a smooth transition?
Jason C: There has been resistance in training the emerging workforce in legacy languages, such as COBOL, knowing there is limited usage of that technology. If something is used almost entirely in government, such as CMS and SSA, how much focus will there be in training and how many people will see it out? Does the emerging workforce want to come to the government environment as opposed to the “new and exciting” commercial market?
There are initiatives in place in some of the Baltimore schools to train younger people in these legacy languages. Ultimately, there is a distinct advantage to having people knowledgeable in the new and old to help bridge the gap, and to ensure a smooth transition to the next technical solution. Unfortunately, as much of the technology is just not going to be portable, breaking the components down through something such as blockchain may be the answer. At the end of the day, we are talking about systems that have been there 50 years or more. How do you apply innovation to systems that have been there seemingly forever? Ultimately, the companies who can, will be the ones that succeed.
As we’ve seen in this interview, the landscape at CMS is evolving and changing during these uncertain times. As we’ve seen from this insightful interview with Jason Cullum, it’s good to see that bright, forward thinking minds are here to help future-proof Federal Health IT. If you have more to add to this dialogue, please leave a comment and keep the conversation going! I’m Mike Farahbakhshian, and it’s been my pleasure to engage you all.