You often hear ill-informed keynote speakers, healthcare leaders and others say that the healthcare industry is behind, often drastically, other industries when it comes to the adoption of IT. Those who make these statements base them on limited facts and anecdotal information. I, however, will suggest the opposite opinion.
Having spent many days with CIOs from almost every other major industry during the last few months, I found that we are not only not behind, but in many cases adopting new technologies at a much faster pace with significantly wider areas of responsibility.
At a recent executive IT summit, the only leaders who could honestly attest to pursuing full spectrum virtualization were the two healthcare CIOs. Additionally, the best equipped to discuss organizational strategy — and the ability to bring about transformational process improvement through advanced IT solutions and process optimization — were healthcare CIOs.
In the past, we have talked about the need for healthcare CIOs to work at the 2.0 level – that of the innovative, transformational leader. Do we have significant opportunities to improve, and do we have organizations that are way behind? Yes. But please take solace in the fact that in many cases healthcare organizations in the United States are often better at innovative IT adoption/utilization than Fortune 500 or even Fortune 100 companies.
In other words… You ROCK! Keep it up!