The ‘Sick Day’ Myth

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

I saw a commercial the other day; you may have seen it too. The guy is clearly sick and he opens a door and the camera focuses on his face as he says, “Excuse me Jim, but I am going to have to take a sick day tomorrow.” Slowly the camera pans around to Jim. […]


Inspiration Is Everywhere

Kate Huvane Gamble, Managing Editor,

“Tell me something good,” I said to my husband. I was grieving the loss of my older brother, who passed away earlier this year after a two-year battle with cancer, and I needed to hear something positive. And so Dan, who lost his mother to cancer seven years ago, indulged me by talking about the […]


Sales, Scapegoats & The Senseless Blame Game

Anthony Guerra, Editor-in-Chief,

As soon as I turned the corner into the parking lot, I knew I’d made a big mistake. The first thing that gave it away was the presence of several news vans in front of the store. The second was the line of people being filmed by the folks who came out of those news […]


Technology, Where Are All The Women?

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

I have been hesitant to talk about women’s issues here, but I’ve been encouraged to do so by many women colleagues. They tell me I have a platform, so use it! Young women tell me that I, a female CIO, am a role model and that they want to learn from me. I’ll be doing an […]


Talking Turkey: What to Tell Potential Employers about Past Job Changes

Bonnie Siegel, Healthcare IT Recruiter, Witt/Kieffer

If you are searching for a new job in health IT, you need to be ready to talk intelligently about your past. For example, if there are job hops and short stints on a resume, a hiring manager will want to know what happened in those situations. Below are some suggestions on how to prepare […]