Community Hospitals And The Big Data Disservice

Daniel Morreale, VP/CIO, Riverside Healthcare System

It’s funny how seemingly incongruous events can converge and bring about an “aha” experience. You know aha experiences. Those funny little brain burps when synapses cascade and create new meaning, solve problems and lead, if we are lucky, to new ideas and solutions. We all have them. Individuals that have a lot of them are […]


My Journey To Professional Oblivion And Back Again

Daniel Morreale, VP/CIO, Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center

“We have decided to make a change in IT leadership.” Not exactly the words you want to hear on a Wednesday afternoon. But I knew it was coming, so it was not a surprise. First off, it was a Wednesday and my CEO always fired people on a Wednesday. Secondly, he and I were a […]


The Petitio Principii of ACOs

The serious lack of infrastructure to support an expansive and meaningful ACO strategy is missing from the healthcare technology toolkit. Some may view this as a non critical issue but with so many organizations engaged in some form of ACO activity, we have to ask, “Have we begged the question?” It seems to me we […]


The Dash to ACOs Is Headed For a Brick Wall

Federal health care reform has generated immense interest in Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). In theory, improved quality and reduced cost will be gleaned by bundled payment of a health system and the physician. To attain this, however, and to improve quality and reduce cost, there will have to be good communication and a strong relationship, […]


Is Self-Certifying the Path to Tranquility?

As Lao Tzu, the father of Taoism once said “The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” When I first read the announcement from CCHIT in November that they had a process for Hospitals to self certify their EHR Environment for Meaningful Use, I was thrown back to ancient eastern philosophy […]