When Jody Albright took the IT reins at Overlake Hospital in December 2008, she had no idea industry-changing legislation was only a month away. And while HITECH has certainly accelerated some of her plans, Albright never expected the job to be a walk in the park. That’s because Overlake was in need of some heavy-duty IT attention, specifically in the areas of network and infrastructure. As Albright says in the following interview with healthsystemCIO.com editor Anthony Guerra, a shaky infrastructure will keep any CIO up at night. To learn more about this — and many, many other topics — Guerra recently caught up with the Washington-based CIO.
Chapter 1 — Starting a CIO role right before HITECH passed, importance of sound network/infrastructure, image management, eClinicalWorks, moving from Meditech Magic to 6.0, CPOE and clinician adoption, Overlake’s core clinicals implementation plan, best of breed vs enterprise solutions, disparate vendors and data integration challenges. The Meditech to eClinicalWorks integration, was LSS an option?, CPOE vs bedside bar coded eMAR, project prioritization, big bang vs phased approach, IT internal marketing, CPOE, carrots and sticks, on adoption & independent docs