What are Health CIOs & CMIOs Thankful For?

What are Health CIOs & CMIOs Thankful For? What are Health CIOs & CMIOs Thankful For?

Ask a health care information technology leader what they are thankful for during the Thanksgiving season, and the typical answer is for the industry they work in, the people they work with and the patients they serve.

Ed Marx, SVP & CIO, Texas Health Resources, Dallas/Fort Worth Ed Marx, SVP & CIO, Texas Health Resources, Dallas/Fort Worth

I am thankful to work in health care for an organization whose mission is, "To improve the health of the people in the communities we serve." I am thankful to serve on a team who are dedicated and care about one another. I am thankful to work in an industry where each day we make a difference of the lives of people we serve.

Lynn Witherspoon, M.D., CMIO, Ochsner Health System, New Orleans Lynn Witherspoon, M.D., CMIO, Ochsner Health System, New Orleans

I'm thankful that the meaningful use program appears to be succeeding. It obviously got people's attention as there has been a large and rapid increase in the number of providers and hospitals implementing EMRs. Additionally, while the "one size fits all" objectives apply best to what primary care providers do and not so well to what some other eligible providers do, they have defined what most of us would agree is a predictably more optimal visit workflow. As the certification process results in a better fit between what EMR software supports and the more flexible work flows required by a broader base of specialty providers, we begin to understand that better clinical outcomes are not only possible but inevitable. Perhaps it is a better Thanksgiving for our patients!

Joel Taylor, CIO, Preferred Health Partners, Brooklyn, N.Y. Joel Taylor, CIO, Preferred Health Partners, Brooklyn, N.Y.

I am most thankful for the continued realization in the United States that information technology is a key driver in improving health care outcomes, patient safety and interoperability. As more people in health care get past the issues around technology and realize the benefits far outweigh the risks, we will find ourselves providing better, safer and more coordinated care. I am thankful for being a part of this trend! Happy Thanksgiving!

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John Bosco, CIO, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System John Bosco, CIO, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System

I am thankful that our I.T. systems and networks fared so well during Hurricane Sandy, as well as our health system. At one point we had 16 hospitals and 5 data centers all running on generator power, but everything and everyone came through with flying colors. I’m thankful to be working for a health system that was a shining star during the hurricane, taking in patients from other hospitals, health systems and nursing homes, and that we turned our attention to our employees when it was over, and made sure they had housing and other basic necessities if they were severely impacted.

Rick Schooler, VP & CIO, Orlando Health Rick Schooler, VP & CIO, Orlando Health

I am thankful for a very talented and committed IS team and an organization that truly supports its team members at all levels.

Denni McColm, CIO, Citizens Memorial Healthcare, Bolivar, Mo. Denni McColm, CIO, Citizens Memorial Healthcare, Bolivar, Mo.

I am thankful for a supportive administrative staff, great physicians and a group of IS professionals who are committed to using information technology to continuously improve care for our patients. I am thankful for continued resources to expand and extend the impact of health information technology at Citizens Memorial Hospital. Although we are a rural health care system with limited resources overall, our organization has prioritized and committed to projects that build on our EMR infrastructure to enhance patient safety and quality. There isn’t a feeling of “that’s someone else’s job” at CMH, we all work together toward common goals. It is a blessing to work in such a great environment where teamwork is the norm and everyone pitches in to do what is right for our patients and residents.

Ask a health care information technology leader what they are thankful for during the Thanksgiving season, and the typical answer is for the industry they work in, the people they work with and the patients they serve.

 

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