Implementing a few clinical systems isn’t going to get you applause at El Camino Hospital. That’s because the organization has “been there, done that,” implementing the first CPOE system some 40 years ago. Considering that tough crowd, the CIO role isn’t for newcomers, and Greg Walton is no newcomer. With 40 years in the business to match El Camino’s CPOE tenure, Walton is just the kind of CIO to take on a big challenge. In fact, soon after assuming the job in December 2007, Walton created the Center for Technology Integration to make sure the organization was up on the latest tools for improving patient care. To talk about this, and so much more, healthsystemCIO.com editor Anthony Guerra recently caught up with the California-based CIO.
Chapter 1 — Four decades in HIT; taking on a big challenge at El Camino; focusing on analytics and ambulatory care; CPOE or bedside bar-coded eMAR; “healthcare is physician-led”; when is it time for forced physician compliance?; CIOs are really “in the people business”; the CIOs techies; staff building, skill distribution & development; healthcare IT talent and the workforce today