Three health care CIOs--Rick Schooler of Orlando Health, Deborah Norton of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and James Nogan of Partners HealthCare--are among Information Management magazine’s 25 Top Information Managers for 2012. The reasons:

* Schooler is leading ground-breaking work at Orlando Health to improve the collection and quality of data and analyze it, according to Information Management: “The business goal is a less siloed enterprise view of data that reaches across clinical, operational and financial systems, something few health care organizations have been able to achieve. At Orlando Health, Schooler has brought in a Ph.D. level analytics team with eight members in place so far, half working on data extraction and the rest data analysts focused on tools and data that will interact with end users through metrics in scorecards and dashboards. ‘It’s probably going to take us three years to get the thing where we want it, but we’ve got a fair amount of data already populated,’ Schooler says.”

* Norton has championed more I.T. flexibility at Harvard Pilgrim via a loosely coupled service oriented architecture: “Part of the reasoning was that moving from one monolithic architecture to another meant all the lock ins and changes would arrive at once. ‘The resource draw from business and IT in a big box implementation was just too expensive,” Norton says. “That model says you draw on hard resources for an extended time, you flip a switch and the whole skyscraper lights up – you hope. We needed to continue executing while replacing our legacy environment, and that led to a component strategy.’”  

* Following $2 billion in I.T. investments in the last decade, Nogan is positioning Partners to succeed with emerging technologies such as big data and cloud computing: “As a CIO in the health care industry, it’s my responsibility to be the enabler for big data analytics, assessing what can we push into a public or private cloud, and what to keep within the walls of the data center.”

A slideshow with profiles of the Top 25 is here.

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