Orange Juice, Napoleon, And Analytics

Kirk Kirksey, VP & CIO, UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

There are lots of messages filling up my voice mailbox from folks wanting to sell me something they call ‘Analytics.’ Some tell me I need to buy a data warehouse. Others say I need dashboards. One guy insists I really need his company’s data model. I’m old, tired, and confused, so I decided to develop my own framework for […]


What Does Actionable Data Actually Mean?

Dale Sanders, SVP for Strategy, Health Catalyst (former CIO, Cayman Islands HSA)

“Actionable data” is a term that has been tossed around for years, right? How many times have you heard this: “The key to analytics success is providing actionable data.” Okay, but what does that mean, really? Here I am, a data warehouse and analytics design guy… how can I measure whether the systems I design […]


The Issues That Elicit Fear and Frustration Among CIOs

Bonnie Siegel, Healthcare IT Recruiter, Witt/Kieffer

The HIMSS14 annual conference and exhibition was an enormous and exhausting event, and yet it was a wonderful way to renew acquaintances in the industry and to connect in-person with new health IT professionals. Thank you to the several folks I met at the conference who said they read and appreciate my blog. Since […]


Marc Chasin, MD, CIO & CMIO, St. Luke’s Health System, Chapter 2

Marc Chasin, MD, CIO & CMIO, St. Luke's Health System

Selling the board on integration
Using metrics to “move the needle”
Concerns about HIE sustainability
Driving change — “I have to be involved.”
Goal of going from 4 portals to 1
“Staggering” adoption numbers


George Brenckle, SVP & CIO, UMass Memorial Healthcare, Chapter 2

George Brenckle, SVP & CIO, UMass Memorial Health Care

3 components of ICD-10 — “The technology piece is probably the easiest.”
Setting the stage for analytics
“Data is never useful if it’s not used”
Cleaning up dirty data
eICU bunker
UMass’ groundbreaking diabetes portal