Running the day-to-day technology services is just one part of being a CIO, said Reid Stephan during a recent interview. “It’s being a trusted thought leader and a trusted executive partner to help drive the overall effectiveness of business operations.”
Digital initiatives are more about workflow than anything else, says Tom Barrett. In this podcast, he talks about the progression of the CIO role, what it takes to drive change, and how he has made himself available to his team during the pandemic.
Although there are certainly challenges in being a community hospital, there are also some key benefits – including the ability to pivot quickly when the unexpected happens, says Renee Fosberg, CIO at Emerson Hospital. “We work hard, and we get things done.”
One of the core functions of the CIO’s role is being able to translate clinical needs and make them resonate to the point where teams are willing to put in extra efforts, said Aaron Miri. “You have to be in the pilot’s seat.”
For health IT leaders, 2020 proved to be the ultimate litmus test. What matters, however, isn’t whether organizations passed, but how they reacted, and how they plan to improve going forward, said our panelists.