Though there are still only a handful of them, MD CIOs offer some unique advantages for an organization. First off, those like Memorial Health System CIO Jon Velez, MD — who still practice in the facilities they now lead — are able to see first-hand how new systems are actually used in the trenches. And at some health systems, having an MD CIO means there’s no need for finding a CMIO who can translate tech talk into physician speak. To learn more about his journey from computer science to medical school, then to CMIO and finally CIO, healthsystemCIO.com editor Anthony Guerra recently chatted with the Colorado Springs-based physician.
- CIO reporting structures
- Implementing the ancillaries that facilitate clinician engagement (wireless using Cisco, GE, iPads)
- “One of the worst thing you can do to a physician is give them a technology that works sometimes, because that will drive them nuts”
- Full disclosure: “When we first implemented CPOE, we had to turn it off after about 30 days”
- The importance of order set and workflow development