Stepping Out Of The Comfort Zone — And Away From Industry Shows

Steve Huffman, CIO, Beacon Health System

I’m not going to the HIMSS conference this year. Actually, I haven’t been to HIMSS in a few years. Before you think I am throwing one of industry staples out, let me explain. We are sending someone and we are happy HIMSS members, but over the last few years, I have had to completely rethink […]

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Debunking The Trimmed Roast Phenomenon

Steve Huffman, CIO, Beacon Health System

Have you heard the story of the mother who cut off the end of the roast? You can read it in detail on the Internet, but here is the short version: A new bride, while making dinner, cuts off the end of the roast and throws it away. When asked by her husband why she […]

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10 Ways To Prevent ‘Meeting Fail’

Steve Huffman, CIO, Beacon Health System

Have you ever wondered what life would be like without meetings? Could you imagine an entire week where you looked at your calendar and you didn’t see a single hour block of meetings, discussions, or updates? Meetings provide an opportunity to share information, gain consensus and discuss important topics; they enable leaders to get a […]

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Big Data, Huge Hype: A Realistic Look At How To Prepare Your Organization

Steve Huffman, CIO, Beacon Health System

I have finally given up trying to refrain from saying “Big Data”, but I still hate the term. Big Data does not yield any information if the data is worth its weight in the hard disk drives it is stored on. It is similar to saying “Big Numbers” for a large corporation’s income statement. You […]

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The Art Of Returning From Vacation

Steve Huffman, CIO, Beacon Health System

Vacation time is critical to relax and regroup. However, the re-entry from vacation, if done poorly, can eliminate the benefits of your vacation time — not only for you, but for your staff. There is an art to coming back from time off. Here are some helpful tips that I’ve collected along my journey: 1. […]

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