Although Covid-19 has presented myriad challenges for healthcare IT leaders, it has also sparked innovation and creative solutions, according to a group of CIOs, who shared their goals for 2022.
As CIOs strive to rethink business and service models to keep pace with increasing competition, two challenges weigh heavily on their minds: recruiting and retaining top talent, and safeguarding data, according to CIO interviews conducted by WittKieffer.
As healthcare organizations face mounting pressures, it’s not enough to merely pledge to do better. Leaders need to do walk the walk, whether it means improving processes, creating efficiencies, or focusing more on professional development.
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.
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.
It’s time to stop thinking of CNIOs as ‘firefighters,’ and start seeing them as key figures in guiding business decisions and strategies at the highest levels, according to Tammy Jackson and Hillary Ross of Witt/Kieffer.
As organizations focus more resources on optimization, having leaders who can act as “bridges” between is becoming increasingly important, says Hillary Ross, who discusses trends in health IT leadership.
It’s not just the CIO role that’s evolving, says Hillary Ross of Witt/Kieffer, who discusses key trends in health IT leadership positions, from the emergence of the chief digital officer to the growing prominence of the CISO.
A number of topics seemed to bubble up to the surface during our most popular interviews from the past year, but perhaps none were as prominent as digital health, the advancement of women in IT leadership roles, and addressing opioid abuse.
If an organization is serious about transformation, the best way to enable that is by having a CIO and a chief digital officer working in conjunction, say Hillary Ross of Witt/Kieffer.