Outside healthcare IT, Wisconsin is known for cheese, cows and the Green Bay Packers; inside, it’s known as Epic country. And while the vendor calls most of Wisconsin’s health systems its clients, Affinity Health System and Ministry Health Care (now part of the same organization) are not one of them. That leaves the system’s CIO, Will Weider, patching together 15 hospitals and physician groups — working off more than a few vendor platforms — to achieve Meaningful Use and garner HITECH dollars. To learn more about his integration work, views on social media and overall perceptions of the government’s entre into healthcare IT, healthsystemCIO.com editor Anthony Guerra recently chatted with the executive many know as the Candid CIO.
- Keeping a small application portfolio — best of suite strategy
- Are GE Centricity inpatient & outpatient (Logician) integrated?
- “Far and away, the clinicians wanted GE.” (ambulatory)
- “From a Meaningful Use incentive standpoint, we are looking at site certification for all our facilities. We think that’s the only way to go.”
- The certification conundrum — “In terms of certification, that whole thing is a mess … an absolute mess.”
- The upgrade burden — (unnecessary) “change is my enemy”
- Certification and the role of integration technologies