HIMSS16 Views from the Top – Three CIOs Identify Challenges of Healthcare Leaders

Three CIOs and Views from the Top speakers share their insights into what challenges healthcare leaders face at HIMSS16 in Las Vegas. Attend their sessions to hear more from these leaders. 

When it comes to monitoring the challenges of the healthcare sector, chief information officers in hospital and health system settings understand the current and future trajectory of healthcare delivery. They work every day to ensure information technology systems operate effectively and efficiently, and at the same time, guide their leadership teams in the selection and use of health IT, so that the right information gets to the right person at the right time to make informed decisions.

Here's what three healthcare CIOs told HIMSS when asked, "What is one of the primary challenges facing healthcare leaders today"?

"Constant change and cost pressures mean we have to work and think differently; old ways don't necessarily work anymore," said Sue Schade, CIO, University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers. Schade was also the recipient of the 2014 CHIME/HIMSS John E Gall, Jr. CIO of the Year Award. She writes frequently on her blog, Health IT Connect.

Teamwork matters, said John Halamka, MD, MS, who is CIO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Halamka is known to many as the 'geek doctor' on his blog, Life as a Healthcare CIO. "Much of what I've seen in my own work and in talking with others comes down to a basic need recognize we are all on the same team to improve healthcare delivery. Paying for outcomes that encourage government, payers, providers, patients and health IT developers to work together, instead of being adversaries, is the path forward."

Evolutionary approaches to daily operations, patient care transformation and teamwork all involve behavioral change. "People underestimate the behavioral aspect of implementing health IT systems," said Deanna Wise, PMP, executive vice president and CIO, Dignity Health, who regularly shares her leadership insights with IT staff members and executive leadership in a biweekly newsletter. "As they began to use these systems, it is imperative that you retool and retrain them. You are not just installing the technology; you have to think how will they interface and use this system. In other words, think about what is important to the business."


Attend the Views from the Top sessions at HIMSS16 to hear more from these leaders.


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Presented by CHIME and HIMSS, The CIO Forum at HIMSSS16 occurs on Monday, Feb. 29, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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