You Can’t Run From Innovation

Kate Huvane Gamble, Managing Editor,

It happened about five years ago. I was at a checkup when my doctor started to run through the usual list of questions. “Do you smoke?” “No.” “Do you drink?” “Occasionally.” “Do you exercise?” “I’d love to, but I don’t have time,” I said, using my long and exhausting daily commute to New York as […]


Mark Zirkelbach, CIO, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Chapter 3

Mark Zirkelbach, CIO, Loma Linda University Medical Center

5-year plan – “the vital few”
Pre-vetting requests
Partnering with business
CIO of ambulatory multispecialty group — “That was a phenomenal experience”
Loma Linda’s mission ‘to make man whole’
MU — “That’ll be just the floor for us.”


Plan For The Future, Manage For Today

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

How often have you heard an IT leader say they want a position that’s “more strategic” and “less operational?” The reality is that there is always a balance of both, depending on the level you work at in your organization. Sometimes, it’s not the balance you’d like to see. Me too. As the CIO, my […]


A Plan To Evolve

Anthony Guerra, Editor-in-Chief,

“Did you create a business plan?” asked a colleague, who was kind enough to meet me for a chat. “I tried, but the examples I’ve seen are so long and complicated. I doubt whatever I could put together would be of any value,” I admitted. “Well, they are important,” he cautioned. “If you can’t write […]


Bernie Clement, CIO, Thibodaux Regional Medical Center, Chapter 3

Bernie Clement, CIO, Thibodaux Regional Medical Center

Director of strategic planning — “It was nice to use the other side of my brain”
The CIO’s toolkit
Taking a job closer to home
Getting — and staying — lean
From the oil industry to health IT
Applying project management skills
Toughest part about being a CIO