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Survey says...

December 12, 2008
by anonymous
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There have been several surveys published this week (CSC, CHIME/NAHIT/AHA Solutions) about the impact of the economy on healthcare IT. The findings are not good news with many of the respondents indicating they will delay or defer IT purchases, delay or lengthen IT projects, layoff staff, not fill open positions, and potentially cut services. Reading the survey details as well as recent articles, there are opportunities too. Some see this as an opportunity to retool to put them in a better position longer term. This is in line with a recent WSJ interview Sunoco’s CIO, Peter Whatnell, in which he quoted the cliché (that I agree with) “Never waste a good crisis.” IT is in a position to help organizations get through the tough times in two ways – investigate and implement non-traditional ways to offer IT products and services at reduced costs, and work closely with the business and care delivery side to help them cut costs and improve efficiency using IT.

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Hi Fran -- I recently interviewed Jamie Mooney, CIO at Norwalk Hospital in Conn. She pointed out that the reduction in new project funding has given IT shops a chance to work on the things that kept getting pushed to the back burner, such as post-implementation optimization. One-on-One With Norwalk Hospital CIO Jamie Mooney, Part II

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