Healthcare IT Leaders Recognized

Healthcare IT Leaders Recognized

Healthcare IT Leaders Recognized 150 150 Exist Software Labs Inc.

IT decision-makers in the healthcare market embrace a technology vision to enable increased efficiencies and improved quality of care. However, with pressure to do more with fewer resources, their success increasingly requires tapping into innovative technologies to get the job done.

Just the other day, InformationWeek Healthcare announced its list of healthcare IT leaders — the 2011 Healthcare CIO 25 — innovators and early technology adopters who’ve made enormous strides to improve healthcare.

Spotlighted healthcare IT leaders include:

  • Abdul Bengali, CIO, Mayo Clinic
  • Julie Boughn, Acting Deputy Director for Operations, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation
  • Neil Calman, CEO, Institute of Family Health
  • Dan Drawbaugh, CIO, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • Phil Fasano, EVP, and CIO, Kaiser Permanente
  • John Halamka, CIO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School
  • C. Martin Harris, CIO, and Chairman of the IT division, Cleveland Clinic
  • Craig Luigart, CIO, Veterans Health Administration
  • Marc Probst, CIO, Intermountain Healthcare
  • Stephanie Reel, Vice Provost for IS and CIO, Johns Hopkins University and Health System

Here are some eye-catching excerpts/lessons from these healthcare IT innovators:

  • “One of the biggest concerns is that health IT will be seen as the solution to the problems of healthcare, rather than an enabler,” says Frank Richards of Geisinger Health Systems. “Successful implementation and use of HIT is mostly about process and people, not technology.”
  • “Healthcare has a long way to go compared to other industries in catching up with respect to the implementation of IT in its various processes,” says Dr. Daniel Nigrin of Children’s Hospital Boston. However, he remains very excited about, “how all the implementation of the technology helps in the actual care of patients.”
  • CIOs in the healthcare industry need to be heard. Charles Christian of the Good Samaritan Hospital notes that “We are the ones who implement the technology and should be involved early in the process so that we can create better products.”
  • IT’s role in improving collaboration related to care is vital — Rich Chapman of Kindred Healthcare

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