Fast and easy are two words only the uninitiated would use to describe a core clinical HIT system selection, and John Gaede is certainly not one of them. That’s because Gaede recently went through the rigors of crafting a vision, finding partners and hitting the market. And hit the market he did, scouring not only US software makers, but a few in Europe. After 2.5 years, during which his organization broke down and did site visits for 16 vendors, ECRMC got it down to four, then one. At the end, Siemens and its Soarian product won the contract not only for functionality, but a sound cultural fit and the right price. To learn more about his quest to find the right vendor/partner, healthsystemCIO.com editor Anthony Guerra recently chatted with the California-based CIO.
- About ECRMC
- Moving from QuadraMed to Siemens
- What to do when the typical community HIS isn’t right for you
- Anatomy of a system selection (16 vendors, 2 continents, 2.5 years in the making)
- How to get what (you think) you can’t afford
- Why Epic passed on El Centro
- Wooing vendors — pitching ECRMC as a door to the community hospital market