Unlike in years past, the topic that seemed to resonate most with CIOs and other healthcare IT leaders didn’t involve technology or budgets, but rather, those who use it to provide care, says Kate Gamble.
When your mission is to drive change, there are inevitably going to be setbacks. What sets successful organizations apart, says CHIME CEO Russell Branzell, is the ability to stay the course and find a way to move forward.
Perhaps the biggest priority for a new CIO – particularly one with limited financial experience – is to “understand your numbers well, and understand how things are calculated,” says Lee Milligan, MD, who recently took on the role at Asante.
The key to driving change as the new CIO? Making sure you understand the impact decisions will have on both providers and patients, and “making sure it’s done in a very thoughtful way,” says CIO Craig Richardville.
The days of CTOs being confined to the data center are long gone, says Hillary Ross of Witt/Kieffer. “Now it’s a very visible role; someone who can sit down with senior leaders at the highest levels” and be part of strategic discussions.