How to ‘Be’ the CIO Your Organization Needs in 2016

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In our recent post, “How Technology is Affecting Hospitals from the Top Down: The Role of Today’s CIO,” we addressed the evolving CIO role and the gap that’s formed in the traditional IT department. We highlighted the one way to fill this void – through the empowerment of your team. However, more is needed to ensure your personal success and ultimately that of your employer.

To help you be the CIO your organization needs in 2016, we offer three simple, yet effective ways to excel in these times of technological and professional revolution:

Be prepared to make change. You have substantially less time to be hands on in all things IT. Instead, you’re constantly moving and meeting, and that places more accountability on your IT personnel than ever. Therefore, take time to evaluate their skillsets and make sure they align with your 2016 objectives. If not, find the gaps and fill them with competent individuals, either permanent staff or health IT consultants. Make sure they also have the confidence necessary to take the reins of their responsibilities, as well as the flexibility to adapt to changing organizational goals and requirements.

Be an effective communicator. There’s no doubt that you’re interfacing with more people and departments than ever before. It’s important that you can effectively communicate the value your team contributes and how it impacts the organization’s bottom line from project to project. It’s also important that you be a good listener to understand your internal customers’ challenges and needs to ensure you can deliver that value.

Be one with your team. Communication with your team has never been as important since you’re not as readily available as you possibly once were. Maximize your time with them in scheduled meetings by getting status updates and understanding their needs and concerns. Since you’re likely the one making the purchasing decisions, make sure you can communicate their needs to vendors and executives or empower them to get directly in touch. This is critical to ensuring everyone’s satisfaction and your organization’s success.

What other goals do you feel are necessary to be an effective CIO in the New Year? Please share them with the HealthTECH Resources community on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter!

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