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ADVANCE Perspectives: Healthcare Information Professionals

Healthcare CIOs Share Optimization Strategies

Published July 16, 2015 6:56 PM by ADVANCE Perspectives

A report stemming from the annual Scottsdale Institute Spring CIO Summit in April suggests seven key takeaways CIOs need to consider then execute in order to maintain a successful optimization strategy within their health systems.

1. Work with the senior leadership team to create an organization-specific definition of optimization.
2. Prioritize optimization processes based on the vision and strategic priorities of the organization.
3. Develop methods to quickly differentiate need for increased adoption of current build with training and support from true needs for optimization of workflows or IT build.
4. Create multidisciplinary teams including membership from operations, IT and performance improvement teams to maximize optimization efforts.
5. Develop effective means to roll out optimizations rapidly.
6. Stay attuned to changes in the healthcare environment and develop the ability to be agile and flexible.
7. Develop key performance indicators to measure the success of your optimization efforts.

The Scottsdale Institute is a not-for-profit membership organization of health systems advanced in IT supported by Impact Advisors, a healthcare IT consultancy. Thirteen CIOs from around the country attended the summit in April. They identified organizational drivers for optimization which include eliminating waste, improving efficiency, improving user and customer satisfaction, and improving the operational bottom line. Download a free copy of the report here.

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"Healthcare CIOs continue to have a challenging role as it relates to optimization," said Andy Smith, president of Impact Advisors, a healthcare IT consultancy.  "As the healthcare industry shifts from a strong focus on implementation to the need for optimized systems, best practices and key takeaways paired with flexible and agile executives will be extremely important to the success of healthcare organizations."

The CIOs who attended summit in April included: Mark Barner, Ascension; Dave Bensema, MD, Baptist Health Kentucky; John Delano, INTEGRIS Health; Robert Eardley, Houston Methodist; Jon Manis; Sutter Health; Lee Marley; Presbyterian Healthcare Services; Patrick O'Hare; Spectrum Health; Marcus Shipley, Trinity Health; Bruce Smith; Advocate Health Care; Alan Soderblom, Adventist Health; Bill Spooner, Sharp (retired); Richard Shirey, Hartford HealthCare; Jim Veline, Avera Health.

"Recognizing the challenges health systems face related to optimization is a critical step to organizational success," said Shelli Williamson, executive director of the Scottsdale Institute. "The CIOs who participated in the Scottsdale Institute Spring CIO Summit are leaders in the industry and their expertise is insightful as they describe these strategies for optimizing organizational performance and IT's critical role in supporting this."

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