It’s only natural for individuals to focus on the short term during a pandemic; the CIO’s role is to “step back and think bigger,” says Chris Belmont, who talks about his core objectives at Memorial Hospital at Gulfport, and where the key opportunities exist for opportunity.
One of the key components in Memorial Healthcare’s multipronged Covid-19 response was setting up alternative care sites, an initiative that required “significant coordination from many areas,” according to CIO Tom Kurtz.
The reduced revenue, reduced throughput environment brought on by Covid is forcing healthcare organizations to more closely examine how resources are allocated, and to make some tough decisions, says Mike Hart.
Just because an initiative has been started, it doesn’t mean it has to be completed, said Keith Perry, CIO at St. Jude Children’s. In a recent interview, he talks about the unique opportunity health IT leaders have to rethink processes.
As organizations reopen, leaders must be willing to prioritize based on where the organization is today – not where it was before Covid-19, said our CIO panelists in a recent webinar. “You have to look at things based on the new normal.”