Sunday, June 10, 2012

Regulatory Compliance is Most Significant Concern of CIO at Top Tier Hospital

The Chief Information Officer at Harvard Medical School has a insightful blog called "Life as a Healthcare CIO". I highly recommend following his posts to anyone involved in healthcare information technology.

Recently he shared his thought on his most significant concerns. In his role as a clinician and informatics leader he is focused on the need to increase the value (quality/cost) of the services his organization provides. But in his role as CIO he has a very different focus.
"As a CIO, it's the mounting regulatory and compliance pressures that keep me up at night." - John Halamka, CIO Harvard Medical School
He observes that regulatory compliance will require a level of resources and focus that will reshape his plans for the next year or longer and provides a rundown of his projects for this summer, his "Summer of Compliance".
"Over one third of my budget is for security and compliance related projects." - John Halamka, CIO Harvard Medical School
Background: John D. Halamka, MD, MS, is Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Chief Information Officer at Harvard Medical School, Chairman of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network (NEHEN), Co-Chair of the HIT Standards Committee, a full Professor at Harvard Medical School, and a practicing Emergency Physician.

Sources:
(a) The Summer of Compliance - LIFE AS A HEALTHCARE CIO, June 6, 2012

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