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 having difficult conversations with members of your team? Conduct them in a way that’s “more about coaching, mentoring, and showing that you’re invested in this person’s success,” says Kristin Myers, VP of IT at Mount Sinai Health.
No matter what the reporting structure looks like, CIOs must be in tuned with other C-suite leaders to ensure the IT strategy is in line with the organization’s strategy, says Robin Lang. Otherwise, “it’s really hard to be successful,” she says in this interview.
As the list of priorities continues to mount, maintaining any semblance of balance has become extremely challenging. But with the right mindset it can be achieved, says Sue Schade, who talks about her “intentions.”
When it comes to creating programs to help military members transition to civilian life – while also helping to fill health IT positions – the question isn’t why, but how it can be done, says Jaime Parent, who talks about his new book.