While change is in the air for healthcare organizations these days, nowhere has there been more dramatic change over the last few years than Washington, DC-based Sibley Memorial Hospital. That’s because after more than 25 years with one person heading IT, Kenda Tavakoli stepped into the role in 2008. Since then, even more change has come to the one-time stand-alone community hospital, this in the form of an acquisition by the Johns Hopkins Health System. To learn more about her tips for managing change, building teams and tackling Meaningful Use, healthsystemCIO.com editor Anthony Guerra recently caught up with the long-time healthcare IT professional.
- The importance of teambuilding — finding a diversity of skill sets
- “It’s very hard for IT people to melt into the healthcare environment. I think it’s much easier for clinical people who have an affinity for learning a system to melt into a healthcare IT environment”
- “I’ve very big on not having a pecking order”
- The importance of interviewing — “having an antenna”
- Keeping your people: “What makes me want to stay at Sibley versus going anywhere else”