Treating Failures As Stepping Stones

Christopher Walden, Director of IS, Health First (former CIO, HealthAlliance) Hospital

I try, I really do. I am a husband, a father, a son, a friend, an employee and employer. All of those attributes sit on top and are encased by my strong faith. So when I say, ‘I try,’ what I mean is that I try to walk out my core values in all those […]


Panel Discussion: Women In IT Leadership, Part 2

Bobbie Byrne, MD, System VP& CIO, Edward Elmhurst Healthcare

Attributes of successful leaders
“We’ve become mentors because we’ve had great mentors.”
Byrne’s football analogy
Encouraging timid women to “speak up”
Benefits of professional networks — “How do we reach out and leverage the people that can help us?”
Guarding against being “too busy”


Kyle Johnson, SVP & CIO, Eastern Maine Healthcare, Chapter 3

Kyle Johnson, SVP & CIO, Eastern Maine HealthCare

Major M&A at CHE Trinity — “When is large too large?”
Data management as a differentiator in mergers
Acquiring Mercy — “There’s a lot of heavy lifting that has to go on.”
When it’s time for a change — “You have to be really ready, and I was.”
Size versus agility
Cultural fit — “If you pick wrong, it can be pretty miserable”


Improving Access: What Is Your Best First Step?

Paul Roemer, VP of Patient Access, Clinovations

One of the problems with getting across a new idea is presenting it in a manner that allows others to visualize something they have not seen before. I think people have that problem when it comes to understanding how to recast patient experience and patient access. We have patients, they think to themselves, therefore those […]


National White Coat Die-In

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

It’s been 18 days since the Ferguson grand jury decision and 9 days since the NYC grand jury decision. We have all seen the news and protests in cities around the country. Black lives matter. Yesterday, another group demonstrated their support. Students at 70 medical schools around the country organized a national white coat die-n. […]