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.
- The benefits and dangers of Meaningful Use
- “It’s not worth the potential harm that could be caused by just trying to slam it in”
- Measuring up to Meaningful Use: “My primarily goal is to meet it when we’re good and ready to do it safely”
- Memorial Health System’s road to deep clinicals
- Living in an enterprise environment, feeling sorry for the best-of-breeders