HIMSS Leadership Session: Shopping for a New EHR
(This guest blog was written from HIMSS 2013 by Adrianne O'Brien of Executive Insight.)
We're blogging from the annual HIMSS conference in New Orleans! A group of healthcare/hospital CIOs navigated the miles of exhibit space at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and the 32,718 registered attendees to present a panel discussion on the findings of the 24th annual leadership survey. An interesting part of the discussion was about EHRs. About 74 percent of hospitals, the panel was asked, are shopping for a new EHR solution. Why?
"There have been some organizations that haven't been successful, so they're looking to reset," said Steve Fanning, vice president, healthcare industry strategy, Infor.
"The training of staff is hugely important," noted Mitzi Cardenas, senior VP strategy, business development/CIO, Truman Medical Center. "We've had a successful [HIT] implementation because of excellent staff training."
Mike Rozmus, VP and CIO, RMH Healthcare, noted that his facility's EHR implementation depended on a combination of "classroom and computer training - and at-the-elbow support."
"You also have to explain why we're implementing," added Fanning. "That must be communicated to physicians."