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How Technology is Affecting Hospitals from the Top Down: The Role of Today’s CIO

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The impact technology is having on information technology (IT) personnel within hospitals and other healthcare organizations is tremendous. CIOs are no longer behind a curtain controlling the switches on all of a hospital’s systems. Instead, our head IT professional is often found center stage, explaining how the latest technology will affect operations and how to get in front of the next technological advancement or federal healthcare IT mandate in order to minimize impact to business. In fact, in a recent article, the CIO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital equated her position to that of candidates in a presidential election, prompting readers to consider what exactly the role of a CIO should entail.

Additionally, the 2015 Gartner CIO Agenda Report tells us that CIOs must put vision ahead of control, pulling them from their traditional place of facilitating implementations alongside employees, which may leave a gap in the IT department. So how does a CIO ensure that initiatives are fulfilled while he or she focuses on the larger picture? The answer is simple. It all comes down to having qualified and trustworthy IT professionals and empowering them to make certain decisions, provide direction, and execute the tasks at hand.

What changes have occurred within your organization’s IT structure? And what solutions were put in place to bridge the gaps? Share with the HealthTECH Resources community on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter!

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