William “Buddy” Gillespie, vice president and chief technology officer at two-hospital WellSpan Health, is getting ready to retire at the end of March. Until then, though, Gillespie is fully on the job, which includes representing WellSpan at HIMSS11 to negotiate several vendor agreements, make sure the organization is on the right track to achieve meaningful use of electronic health records and learn more about how health information exchange can support Accountable Care Organizations.

“There’s so much going on there [at HIMSS], you just have to pick and choose,” the health I.T. veteran says. Gillespie has chosen to meet with many of his current vendors and even some prospective new ones in hopes of wrapping up contracts.

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