James Wellman, CIO, Comanche County Memorial Hospital, Chapter 1

James Wellman, CIO, Comanche County Memorial Hospital

About Comanche County
McKesson in acute, eClinicalWorks in ambulatory
Transition from Horizon to Paragon — “It was quite an interesting challenge.”
Outsourced IT & the “added layer of complexity.”
Attesting to MU — “It wasn’t ‘we barely made it.’
Continued optimization with Paragon 13 — “It’s another opportunity to tackle.”


The Delicate Start To A Successful CIO-Vendor Relationship

Dan Morreale, President, NJ HIMSS (former CIO, Riverside Healthcare System)

In an earlier essay, I wrote about how a great relationship between a vendor and a CIO is like a Tango. It is an association in which there is dependence, alliance, consanguinity and passion toward coordinated goals. Shortly after that blog, I received a note from a (vendor) friend asking how best to develop that […]


John Halamka, MD, Talks About BIDMC’s Partnership With athenahealth

John Halamka, MD, CIO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Details of the deal
“It was buy or build.”
webOMR & BIDMC’s history of development
Rapid cycle improvement
Alpha-testing at Needham
DNA of “innovation with a cloud focus”
Being Geneva – “I don’t want anyone to believe I now have sold my soul.”


Chris Belmont, VP & CIO, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Chapter 3


Customized engagement — “In cancer care, a lot of people want that personal touch.”
Networking to help “to avoid the speed bumps”
Collaborative mentorship — “I’m a big fan of growing the talent you have.”
The “variety” of being a vendor & consultant
Vendor management
“We’re doing good things. The industry as a whole is getting better.”


When Was The Last Time A Vendor Inspired You?

Scott MacLean, Deputy CIO, Partners HealthCare

Last month, I was in a fascinating discussion some people from Google about workplace productivity tools. I was interested because we have a feature-rich Cisco voiceover IP phone system that can be used with traditional handsets or “soft” phones on computers with headsets. We also purchased Microsoft Office 365 […]