CIOs should help hospital leaders understand health IT's value | Ed Marx comments on gauging the value of IT | Exec leads Penn Medicine's effort to use IT to advance care
March 19, 2015
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CIOs should help hospital leaders understand health IT's value
CIOs should make sure value is always part of the conversation with other members of the C-suite when talking about an organization's IT initiatives, as well as how technology helps the organization achieve its goals, says Gary Barnes, CIO at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas. Barnes collaborated with Asher Kramer, national director of strategic consulting at Leidos Health Consulting, to ensure that IT was lined up with Medical Center Hospital's goals through Six Sigma processes and "identifying the voice of the customer." Healthcare IT News (3/17)
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Ed Marx comments on gauging the value of IT
Ed Marx, SVP and CIO, Texas Health Resources
Ed Marx, SVP and CIO, Texas Health Resources
Gauging IT value is tough -- that's why few do it. Those who do tend to attract more investment, and those who don't often complain of a lack of resources. Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas, has figured it out. The facility shows the value of IT all the time and leverages the data with members of the C-suite and board. That creates a closed loop of accountability, and, frankly, it is keeping a promise of stewardship internally and externally to the community.

There are many techniques to showing the value of IT. What the successful models have in common are the beginning and the end: They all begin with baseline measurement and end with the transparent reporting of outcomes. Medical Center Hospital adds additional value by ensuring improved workflows through lean processes. They don't pour new wine into old wineskins. The executive team also drives value by bringing ideas to the table. The CIO may well be the best-positioned executive to have a 360-degree view of the organization and be able to bring wise counsel and resources to transform the hospital. When this occurs, the value of IT becomes exceedingly clear. But it takes action.
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Exec leads Penn Medicine's effort to use IT to advance care
Roy Rosin, Chief Innovation Officer at Penn Medicine's Center for Health Care Innovation, is leading Penn Medicine in its efforts to develop and use innovative tools and platforms that could enhance provider efficiency as well as boost clinical outcomes. Penn Medicine is using the Clinstream data platform to design and test new tools, and it has started using CareAlign, not just to gather clinical data, but also to enhance care coordination and transitions in the facility. Rosin adds that the facility will also continue to provide grants and back startups to help them look for better opportunities to enhance care access and overall experience for patients. Healthcare IT News (3/18)
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Federal Health IT Strategic Plan comments released by ONC
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has released industry stakeholders' comments on the agency's Federal Health IT Strategic Plan that aims to boost EHR adoption to advance clinical research, public health and patient care. The agency will publish a revised version of the plan later this year. (3/17)
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Policy center targets Big Data to improve medical device, drug approval process
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