As senior vice president and CIO of Seattle Children’s Hospital, Drexel DeFord sees himself as a health care provider who just happens to work in information technology.

Indeed, DeFord’s stated goal is to minimize the technology footprint at the hospital so that all the institution’s energies are directed at one goal – healing sick children. “I want to get technology out of the way,” he told attendees of HIMSS12 Conference in Las Vegas.

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