The Real City Builders

Bill Rieger, CIO, Flagler Hospital

Will Obamacare fix the healthcare issues facing our nation? Will raising minimum wage really bring some people out of poverty? These are politically charged questions that are facing our nation today, and history will be the storyteller on how effective these initiatives, and others like them, are in solving the complex issues they represent. These […]


Listen And Learn: Why I Host Staff Breakfasts

Sue Schade, CIO, University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers

Last November, I started the practice of hosting monthly breakfasts for up to 20 of my department staff at a time. We skipped two months around the time of our major inpatient go live in June. That means I’ve spent time with at least 160 staff getting to know them, listening to their concerns and answering […]


Becoming Recommendation-Worthy

Anthony Guerra, Editor-in-Chief,

Occasionally, I’m asked to write a letter of reference or recommendation for an industry professional. Moments ago, I sat down to perform such a request and, as I began to gather my thoughts, reflected on how the next few minutes — and the ideas that either did or did not flash through my mind — […]


Survey Finds Large Gap Between M&A Expectations And Realities

How Big Is The Gap Between M&A Planning and Execution?

Although hospital mergers and acquisitions have become increasingly common, the process is still fraught with roadblocks. And for many CIOs, it’s a much bumpier ride than they anticipated, according to the September SnapSurvey, which revealed a wide gap between expectations and post-merger realities. Not surprisingly, the majority (65 percent) of CIOs indicated they had […]


Knives, Targets, And Leadership

Christopher Walden, Director of IS, Health First (former CIO, HealthAlliance) Hospital

Knife throwing is a sport that involves basic principles of mechanics. The force and dynamics of the throw are crucial to have the knife strike the object and lodge itself securely. In the US, there are organized groups that practice this sport. There is another group that you might be more familiar with, and that […]