The Principles of War Applied to Information Technology, Part 1

When it comes to strategic planning, operational control, and resource management, health IT organizations can learn quite a bit from the Principles of War, says CIO Jonathan Etheridge.

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Transforming An IT Organization: Barnabas Health’s Journey

What does it take to transform an IT organization? Start by standardizing processes, getting people to communicate more often, and shifting out of “fire-fighting mode,” says Barnabas Health CIO Luis Taveras.

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Jim Venturella, CIO, WVU Medicine, Chapter 3

Taking over for Rich King — “Our thinking was very similar.”
Pushing for an “A”
The “blessing & curse” of being in consulting
7 years at UPMC
IT’s role in organizational strategy
Prioritization challenge for CIOs — “There’s always more work than you’ve got time.”

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Brian Sterud, VP of IT & CIO, Faith Regional Health Services, Chapter 2

The “Holy Grail” for portals
Security & the industry-wide “Sense of urgency”
External penetration tests & internal threat tests
Security committee with cross-section representation
“We have the platform to have the discussions that we need to have.”
Having a CEO who “gets it.”
MU 2 attestation with providers

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Strategic Planning And The Smoke Of Doubt

Most people have a love-hate relationship with strategic planning. There are those who find the whole process boring but agree with the need; after all, the organization needs direction. There are those who like the process of herding cats and getting everyone involved to agree with the direction and initiatives. Then there are the doubters. […]

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