It may not always seem like it, but the healthcare IT industry is making strides in the right direction. Recently, healthsystemCIO.com asked a handful of CIOs and other leaders about their plans for 2019, and received a variety of answers, many of which centered around digital health and optimization. It’s a stark contrast from five years ago, when most health IT agendas seemed to revolve around EHR implementations.
Now, organizations are poised to take the next step. The most common themes that emerged from our questionnaire were digital health initiatives, and leveraging technology to improve processes.
To be clear, however, we didn’t ask for a summary of the 2019 strategic vision; but rather, what leaders hope to accomplish in 2019.
Below is a collection of the responses we received:
In the New Year, I will be focusing on helping my new organization, Broward Health, with the journey of digital transformation, and looking forward to the value it will bring to the community.
-Kathy Ross, CIO, Broward Health
We have spent a lot of time and effort to create an Information Services (@ARChildrensIS) brand and culture, both internally and externally, around challenging status quo, accepting nothing as being impossible, and pushing on the definition of normalcy. Our plan is to continue to grow that environment by developing our team and finding new ways to surprise and astonish ourselves, as well as our customers. We’re also working on developing blockchain 2.0.
-Jonathan Goldberg, SVP & CIO, Arkansas Children’s
My goal is to fully move our hospital’s information governing from being Excel-based to being rendered on a state-of-the-art business analytics platform. This will always push the right information to the right people at the right time, and in a format that allows them to constructively act on it in near-real-time.
-Rich Temple, VP & CIO, Deborah Heart & Lung Center
I hope to continue working on our strong interoperability platform while collaborating up with the State of NJ to ensure patient data follows the patient. Leveraging technology to improve patient care, outcomes, and continuity of care is critical. We’re also focused on combating the opioid crisis using technology.
-Jennifer D’Angelo, CIO, New Bridge Medical Center
My goals for 2019 are as follows: 1) Go digital with contract request, equipment request, and HR actions; 2) Create a platform for crosstalk and collaboration for my division; and 3) Go on a cruise.
-Chani Cordero, CIO, Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center
For 2019, I am focused on the move to OptumCare (once our deal closes, which I expect to happen in Q1), and ensuring we successfully transition the team while continuing to be a high-performing health IT delivery organization that provides transformative solutions, strategic alignment, and engagement across the enterprise.
-Sarah Richardson, CA & NV Market CIO, HealthCare Partners
In 2019, our team at StarBridge Advisors looks forward to supporting more healthcare organizations through their IT leadership transitions with interim leaders and advising CIOs, as they adapt to the ever changing healthcare environment, and leverage their technology investments to better serve their patients. I am particularly excited about a new offering we are shaping for women in health IT to turn to for leadership development and career support.
-Sue Schade, Principal, StarBridge Advisors (former CIO, University of Michigan Health System, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital)
In 2019, my largest goal is to get our voice-controlled patient room live and working.
-Dan Morreale, SVP & CIO, Hunterdon Healthcare
No matter what goals you’ve set for 2019 — professional, personal, or both — we wish you and your teams the best of luck, and we look forward to hearing about everything you’ve done.
Happy New Year!