Just How Long Is 48 Hours?

Paul Roemer, CEO, Pale Rhino Consulting

What do you know about the number 48? It is the smallest number with 10 divisors, and the product of all of those ten divisors equals 484. It is also the smallest even number that can be expressed as the sum of two prime numbers in five different ways. It is a Harshad number; that means […]


How BlackBerry Soured: A Cautionary Tale

Kate Huvane Gamble, Managing Editor, hsCIO.com

“Damn you, autocorrect!” It happened yet again. I had fallen victim to autocorrect fail, a phenomenon that has spawned several hilarious blogs and Twitter feeds. My iPhone decided that instead of typing, “I have to pick up Gooby” (the nickname my brother has been saddled with since he was a baby), it wrote: “I have […]


When The King Becomes Jester

Anthony Guerra, Editor-in-Chief, hsCIO.com

“Word is that the company wants us to talk about race relations with customers,” Sally, a barista at a Starbucks I frequent, said. “Have you heard anything about it?” “Not a word,” I said. “Sounds strange. I’ll Google it.” As Sally went back to taking care of customers — the line now 6 deep as […]


Breaking Down Stage 3: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

John Halamka, MD, CIO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

On Friday, March 20, CMS released the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program-Stage 3 and ONC released the 2015 Edition Health Information Technology (Health IT) Certification Criteria, 2015 Edition Base Electronic Health Record (EHR) Definition, and ONC Health IT Certification Program Modifications. Perhaps the most important statement in the entire 700+ pages is the following from […]


Kevin Groskreutz, Division CIO, Hospital Sisters Health System, Chapter 2

Kevin Groskreutz, Division CIO, Ancillary Systems, Hospital Sisters Health System

Patient portal challenges — “Acute care data is very episodic.”
The interoperability puzzle
4 HIEs in 2 states
3-year plan for IT — “It’s actionable.”
Selling the benefits of an enterprise approach
“Success breeds success.”
The “constant conversation” of change management