Ken Gilles, Associate CIO, Essentia Health, Chapter 3

Ken Gilles, CIO, West Region, and Associate Corporate CIO, Essentia Health

Patient engagement touch points
From programmer to CIO — “I’ve always wanted to be in a leadership position”
Lessons learned from M&A
Working with Dennis Dassenko
Balancing regional & system roles
“The pace of the change just continues to ratchet up.”


How Does Your Salary Measure Up?

Bonnie Siegel, Healthcare IT Recruiter, Witt/Kieffer

Whether your yearly review has happened already or you are scheduled to have one, it is a good time to do some research into the health system CIO salary data available online and in recent studies. Base salary and potential bonus information are only pieces of the total compensation package, but checking a couple of […]


Ebola And The Role Of An EHR

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

“EHR Flaw at Core of US Ebola Case.” No CIO could ignore this October 3rd headline. As a CIO, one of our nightmares is that a problem in the systems we implement could cause a major medical error. One of our core missions in health care information technology is to prevent medical errors. The statement blaming […]


Do We Deliberately Disengage Patients?

Paul Roemer, VP of Patient Access, Clinovations

The reporter on ESPN stated that cyclists in a 40-kilometer race could shave 79 seconds off their time by shaving all of their hair. The reporter failed to mention how much time could be shaved by pedaling faster. Sometimes the easiest answer is overlooked, perhaps because it is too easy to be believed. Patient engagement. Hospital disengagement. […]


A Slice Of Ridiculousness

Kate Huvane Gamble, Managing Editor,

“A noon meeting? Ugh.” When I saw the Outlook invite for a staff meeting at 12 p.m., I was not happy. I don’t exactly love meetings to begin with, so to have one during lunch — the time I spent escaping my job by sitting on a bench and reading — seemed just cruel. But […]