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HCI's March Lineup is Here: CIOs Wanted

January 6, 2009
by aguerra
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At HCI, we rely on our readers to help make our stories deeply useful and effective. Please take a close look at the lineup. If you are a C-suite technology leader, consultant or analyst interested in participating, please e-mail the writers listed below. Inquiries regarding these stories are welcome until Jan. 16.

Thank you,

Anthony Guerra, Editor-in-Chief


Clinical Automation Projects That Offer the Clearest ROI

This story will look at the most important core clinical information systems — EMR, CPOE, clinical documentation, eMAR, pharmacy, and PACS — and how CIOs and their teams are deriving ROI from the implementations of those systems. The ROI includes the following: significantly improved clinician workflow; improved patient safety and patient care quality; and improved operational efficiency. In addition, the very ability to participate in P4P programs, which are soon to go mandatory via Medicare, will rely on clinical automation. This story will look at organizations that have reaped significant ROI returns already, and how they view the strategic imperatives in these areas. One key element in all this is the need to optimize clinician workflow and operational efficiency in the context of not enlarging clinical staffs in a time of economic challenge. Contact Mark Hagland

Lean Management/TPS

The financial crisis has impacted hospitals and health systems across the country, and led executive leaders to search for more effective ways to improve processes without exhausting more funds. Rather than just trying to stay afloat during tough economic times, savvy CIOs are implementing lean management methods that focus on streamlining processes, increasing employee satisfaction and enhancing patient care, all while improving the organization’s financial outlook. In this article, we will look at how methods like the Toyota Production System are being leveraged to help eliminate waste and engage the workforce, what best practices are being employed, and how forward-thinking organizations are going lean to take control of their bottom line. Contact Kate Huvane Gamble


With health organizations facing smaller budgets, executive leaders are considering different options to maintain effective business operations while saving costs. One method CIOs turn to is outsourcing; according to a recent KLAS study, 12 percent of U.S. hospitals with at least 100 beds are now outsourcing a majority or all of the IT department. But does farming out the infrastructure, various IT tasks or even the whole shop really help the bottom line, or is does it make more financial sense to keep IT in-house? In this article, we’ll examine how outsourcing can potentially help — and hurt — health systems, identify what factors may determine whether an organization is a viable candidate for outsourcing (or in-sourcing) and take a hard look at the dollars involved. Contact Kate Huvane Gamble

Palm Vein Scanning/Patient Recognition Technologies

Maintaining identity and preventing fraud has always been a challenge for front-end registration. The use of biometrics for protecting patient privacy while providing prompt and accurate patient ID may seem like something out of the future, but is already at use at hospitals today. Many say palm vein scanning may be a solution to common ADT and billing problems — and a chance to increase revenue. HCI talks with some hospitals that have incorporated this technology into their front end, and others who found that its use in the ED can help identify patients that are comatose or unresponsive. We’ll show you how palm vein scanning not only maintains patient confidentiality, but reduces the cost associated with duplicate medical records. Contact Daphne Lawrence

Patient flow Automation Software

Hospitals are working to alleviate overcrowding by making better use of existing capacity. Several software products, combined with process redesign, promise to reduce time lags in patient flow. What are the keys to attaining ROI from these solutions? What are the pitfalls? This story will spotlight some IT leaders who, in partnership with other hospital officials, have reported solid financial gains by quantifying reductions in bed assignment and room turn-around times, improving patient discharge transportation times, and decreasing incoming and outgoing call volumes for patient accommodations. Contact David Raths

Case Management Optimization/Clinical