At the CHIME Spring 2021 Forum, CHIME Chief Executive Officer and President Russ Branzell joined Optimum Healthcare IT's Vice President of Optimum CareerPath Services, EHR Implementation, and Managed Services Geoff Blanding to discuss the partnership between the two companies and how they are developing the next generation of healthcare IT professionals. For healthcare IT leaders, focusing on mid-to-long-term talent strategy is more critical than ever. The swift response from IT departments to support remote work, pandemic response, and all the changes over the past year has proven IT projects' ability to happen fast when necessary and has set the bar high for swift, agile IT execution going forward. IT budgets continue to feel pressure. Many organizations are already dealing with attrition issues that will likely worsen with coming retirements and the war for talent around scarce technology resources like cloud, analytics, or Epic. IT leaders must start to future-proof their team structure, recruitment strategy, and internal training processes.