As the New Year approaches, health system CIOs face a laundry list of projects, concerns and issues. What new challenges lie ahead for 2012? Information gathered from my recent Health System CIO Survey for Sanford Rose Associates, showed how CIOs ranked their “issue” list for 2012.
Back in 2008, our CIO survey respondents ranked “EMR/CPOE implementation” as number one and “quality” as number two. The following issues were ranked lower in importance and they include: HIEs, changes in executive leadership, accountable care, HIT workforce shortage and Medicare audits. Other issues mentioned included: geographic expansion, new construction, telehealth and ambulatory EMR.
Ideal next job
CIO respondents shared some thoughts on their “ideal” next job for the future. Several mentioned that they already have their “ideal” job.
- Work for an organization that is willing to invest in IT and sees it as a top priority in their strategy
- Place where I can develop strategy and innovate new solutions to transform healthcare
- Current job, with more FTEs to allow me to cut back on my hours a bit
- Part-time CIO and part-time consultant
- Right job, right place with right team all motivated by right things
- Multi-facility, research oriented or academic medical center in a large metro area
- Warmer climate, with a progressive health system that recognizes and embraces healthcare information technology
- Current job, but with more funding available for IT
- Consultant on big, complex multi-site EHR implementations
- A place with fewer politics
- Being a community hospital CIO is ideal, you can make a difference in a short period of time
- Increase responsibilities in areas such as HIM, clinical engineering, laboratory, radiology and pharmacy
- CIO/VP at a children’s hospital which has an academic affiliation
- Make a positive impact to healthcare delivery and decision support through the leveraging of systems and technology
- Be in a role to develop more efficient tools for clinicians
- Leading a turnaround environment, specifically developing and building a high performing IT department
- Move into a CEO role at a community hospital
- Either CIO at a multi-facility organization or a COO of a mid-sized organization
- Report to the CEO
- Larger organization that invests in IT and believes in participative management
- Large academic medical center in a large metropolitan area
Whatever challenges and issues you face in 2012, I wish you the best outcomes and success in 2012.