Whether he is discussing systems implementations, standards, federal policies, favorite vegetarian dishes or the beauty of New England, John Halamka's blog, "Life as a Healthcare CIO," is worth reading. Two recent posts bear particular notice for health information technology professionals.

Halamka, a practicing physician, serves as CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School. On Oct. 18, he posted the hospital's information systems operating plan for fiscal year 2011. Top projects include achieving meaningful use for 1,700 clinicians and go-live of a suite of new laboratory information systems that replace 13 major applications.

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