After 16 years in the healthcare IT department at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, if Denis Baker hasn’t seen it all, he sure has seen most of it. But the pace of change in healthcare is forcing even Baker to read some teas leaves, especially around Accountable Care Organizations. Specifically Baker, and all CIOs in the industry, must first figure out what ACOs will look like, then envision the IT required to support them. After that, it’s time to formulate a strategic roadmap that will allow organizations to “skate to where the puck is going.” To learn more about his plans around ACOs, meeting Meaningful Use, and partnering with vendors to help achieve it all, healthsystemCIO.com editor Anthony Guerra recently chatted with the Florida-based executive.
- Managing vendor relations — “I do not beat up vendors around price”
- Staying the course — 16 years at Sarasota
- “I get to sit at the big table and help make business decisions”
- Reading the tea leaves on ACOs
- Looking for a new kind of data warehouse
- “The nice thing I think about the Internet and blog sites is a lot of that information is more real time than waiting for the monthly magazine to come in.”