Sonya Christian, CIO, West Georgia Health System, Chapter 1

Sonya Christian, CIO, West Georgia Health System

About West Georgia Health
Being an early adopter — “We have the ear of the developers”
Balancing her team’s “competitive spirit” with a dose of practicality
The “on-ramp” to the Georgia HIN
Expanding data exchange beyond owned practices
Portal education during discharge

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Arthur Crowe, VP of Support Services & CIO, Peconic Bay Medical Center, Chapter 1

Arthur Crowe, VP of Support Services & CIO, Peconic Bay Medical Center

Peconic Bay’s growth from community hospital to health system
Upgrading to Siemens Soarian
Making “a leap of faith” with vendors
IT as an investment strategy — not just fixer of what’s broken
Weekly forums to improve clinician satisfaction — “They can go elsewhere.”
Partnering with LG on Zero Client devices

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Frank Fear, VP & CIO, Memorial Healthcare, Chapter 2

Frank Fear, VP & CIO, Memorial Healthcare

Being a smaller organization — “We can be a lot more nimble”
Minimizing failures through risk analysis
Enterprise vs best-of-breed
Strategic planning — “It’s not all CIO-driven”
Upgrading to Meditech 5.6.6
Getting “creative” with portal adoption

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Anne Lara, CIO, Union Hospital of Cecil County, Chapter 1

Anne Lara, RN, CIO, Union Hospital of Cecil County

About Union Hospital of CC
Creating affiliations to improve patient care
Being an early Meditech 6.1 adopter — “We’re willing to take the risk.”
Customizing the surgery module
Staff exchange with Frederick Memorial
The 5 I’s — from implementation to industry expertise
PHI education

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Maggie Ratliff, VP & CIO, Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, Chapter 2

Maggie Ratliff, VP/CIO, Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center

Leveraging physician leaders
The need for structure within IT
Upgrading to Meditech 5.6.6
Optimization study — “We want to make sure we do our due diligence.”
Preparing for MU 2
Recruiting challenges
Leadership development

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