As health systems continue to add physician practices at rapid rates, ensuring provider data are accessible and accurate is becoming increasingly vital – not just to enable care for existing patients, but also to ensure coverage for those who aren’t, according to our panelists.
The key aspect in being able to lead teams through a major change – or two, in this case – is transparency, according to Jeff Buda, CIO at Atrium Health Floyd. In this interview, he talks about his open-door policy, the benefits of becoming part of a large organization, and why he’s a big proponent of remote work.
The one component of change management that can’t be overlooked, especially in a largescale integration? Accountability, said Jason Joseph, Chief Digital and Information Officer at Corewell Health. “It’s a conversation that needs to happen.”
Although a number of critical issues were discussed at ViVE22, there were a few that particularly resonated with CIOs and digital leaders and “will continue to shape the healthcare landscape,” according to David Chou.
A funny thing happened during 2021; as the number of collaboration, merger, and acquisition transactions between hospitals and health systems decreased, the value increased. In this piece, David Chou talked about what this means and what to expect in 2022.
What made John Halamka want to move on from the CIO role? An opportunity to share the many lessons learned during his career, mentor the next generation, and help separate hype from reality.
Perhaps the toughest part of a merger is getting separate organizations to act as one. But it can be done if leadership follows a few simple tenets – starting with communication, says Scott Vachon.
As mergers become increasingly common, “the CIO is being thrust into a coordinating role,” says HIMSS CEO Hal Wolf, which makes it all the more critical to formulate strong partnerships.
When it comes to how care is delivered, consumer expectations have changed dramatically. If we want to move forward as an industry, leaders need to create an environment that meets those needs, and build digital health into their strategy, says Hal Wolf.
With the rise in mergers and acquisitions in healthcare comes a negative side effect – costlier care, says David Chou, who believes the industry should be encouraging competition over consolidation.