Mark Zirkelbach, CIO, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Chapter 1

Mark Zirkelbach, CIO, Loma Linda University Medical Center

About Loma Linda
Vision 2020 & the focus on wellness
IT planning for new hospitals
Post-implementation optimization
Going live with 5 hospitals in 1 day — “It was a lot of moving parts.”
“We knew it would be more difficult… but we decided it was the best thing.”
The slippery slope of configuration changes


Russell Branzell, President & CEO, CHIME, Chapter 1

Russell Branzell, President & CEO, CHIME

Thoughts on MU final rule
“Let’s just create a little flexibility.”
Addressing AHIMA
Patient identifiers — “It’s going to take some revolutionary action.”
Interoperability timelines
IT staff burnout
“We cannot adapt to this much change as fast as we can deploy the technology.”


Rick Follett, CIO, Good Samaritan Health System, Chapter 3

Rick Follett, CIO, Good Samaritan Health System

Career path twists and turns
From Good Sam to consulting and back
“When you’re a CIO, you’re an owner.”
Benefits of CHIME — “As we help each other, we improve the profession.”
The pace of MU
“It’s still the number one thing on the minds of CIOs.”


Admit It, We’re Lost

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

Are you sure you know where we are? I feel like we are going in circles. That building over there sure looks familiar. I am certain I have seen that man standing over there by the lamp post before. Yeah, yeah I know where we are, the house is just around that bend, I am […]


A Walk In The Park

Kate Huvane Gamble, Managing Editor,

It was one of those jaw-dropping moments. One that I couldn’t believe had actually happened, no matter how many times I watched the highlights. It was Game 4 of the 2013 World Series. The Cardinals, who held a 2-1 series lead over the Red Sox, were threatening to run away with it. Although they were […]