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Gingrich Hits HIMSS

April 1, 2008
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Forget about jugglers and magicians, Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House of Representatives, is someone who can really draw booth traffic. At HIMSS, Gingrich talked about his vision for the future of healthcare and the role IT must play in it. Also founder of the Center for Health Transformation, he's devoted to changing the way healthcare is handled in the United States. At the big show, HCI Editor-in-Chief Anthony Guerra got a chance to sit down with Gingrich and talk about his vision for tomorrow. Learn about it in, “Future State,” page 42.

Healthcare CIOs are under enormous pressure to manage a growing portfolio of ultra-complex projects, while bringing everything in on time and on budget. Sound project management abilities are more important than ever before. In “The Art of the Project,” page 48, HCI gives an in-depth analysis of CIO project management best practices, featuring discussions with those that have mastered the art of bringing multiple implementations to fruition on time and on budget. Managing multimillion dollar projects can make or break your career — read this story to help ensure it's the former.

While many healthcare facilities are struggling to implement EMRs to improve patient safety, one facility found that just having an EMR wasn't cutting it. After an ugly and unnecessary patient allergic reaction, University of Pittsburgh Medical center decided to create a system to avert such problems. In, “Getting Smart,” page 54, HCI reports on how one hospital, set on not repeating its own history, is making history with highly intelligent hospital rooms.

Nurses are fed up with wireless POC applications that just aren't reliable, and they're not going to take it anymore. Often, however, the problem lies not with the device but the network coverage. When frustration leads to eschewing bedside IT and degrading patient safety, it's time to take a closer look. In, “Trouble at the Bedside,” page 32, we look at why nurses have had enough, and what CIOs can do to make things better.