In today's climate, hospitals need CIO innovators more than ever. With belts tightening everywhere and project staff being pulled to fulfill ARRA-HITECH requirements, a fresh approach to challenges is a CIO's best option, many believe. Today, the most successful CIOs realize their value is not in merely selecting a vendor, negotiating a contract and physically plugging in everything, but rather, in designing new and creative ways to overcome problems. This month, HCI is proud to present the three winners of our innovator awards contest, chosen by you, our readers. To learn more about the hospital and health system leaders who are using creativity and technology to change the way care is practiced, read “HCI Innovator Award Winners,” page 18. We think we've delivered some insight with these extensive profiles of the winning organizations.
Some CIOs say belt-tightening in 2009 has left them in a better position. Despite the flurry of activity surrounding the HITECH Act, some hospital CIOs look back on the past year as a difficult one in which they faced budget and staff cuts. With the economy showing some signs of improvement, we asked CIOs and analysts whether the outlook for 2010 hospital IT budgets is any better. Read “Are Hospital IT Budgets Starting to Thaw,” page 41, to find out what those in the trenches are seeing.
With new applications and implementations proliferating daily, what is the state of the underlying technological infrastructure in healthcare organizations? Three industry experts have authored a white paper looking at what they're calling the “technology cornerstones” of tomorrow's healthcare IT infrastructure. Check out “Infrastructure Issues,” page 44, to learn what essential cornerstones these experts say that CIOs can't be without.
Healthcare Informatics 2010 March;27(3):8