By Mike Moran, Project Editor
This is the second year for Healthcare IT News' "Where to Work: BEST Hospital IT Departments" program, and participation took a dramatic jump over last year's debut.
In 2011, 179 hospitals were nominated for the program; 75 of those hospitals qualified; and overall 4,945 IT employees completed the extensive 67-question online survey. This year, those numbers skyrocketed: 272 hospitals were nominated, 125 qualified and 10,863 IT employees completed the survey. (To qualify for the program, at least half of a hospital's IT employees must take the survey.)
When you consider how swamped with work hospital IT departments are these days, that kind of participation is impressive. If you're a busy person, you know that just setting aside 15 minutes during the workday (about how long it takes to complete the Best Hospital's survey), can be a challenge.
September 14, 2012 | Jim Murray, CIO at UC Irvine Health, says the foundation of his department's success rests on the clear communication of its vision and values.
September 14, 2012 | Ask Chad Eckes, CIO at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, what the key motivating factor is for his employees, and his answer is pretty simple: "The most important aspect for us is our strong alignment to patients"
September 14, 2012 | The healthcare industry is heavy with acronyms, but the one that matters most to the IT department at TriStar Centennial Medical Center is ICARE.
September 14, 2012 | Missouri may be the "Show Me State," but at Heartland Health, the motto for employees is "Own the project."
September 14, 2012 | It wasn't a party that had 200-plus people from Meridian Health's IT department ringing in the New Year together. Rather, it was the "Big Bang": a project that standardized and integrated 52 clinical and financial systems with a newly acquired hospital in a single day.
September 14, 2012 | When Genesis HealthCare System's IT department grabbed the number-two spot among large hospitals in 2011's "Where to Work: BEST Hospital IT Departments" program, it warranted a celebration.
September 14, 2012 | Bill Spooner's face has been photoshopped onto the body of an Olympic curler and a Cirque du Soleil acrobat. These friendly spoofs of Sharp HealthCare's CIO are thanks to a creative web-design team and a workplace where humor and collegiality abound.
Tenets for success: Patient-centric, innovative, internally motivated and devoted to the power of informaticsJennifer Keirn
September 14, 2012 | When Jannie Marthinson, an RN with 20 years at the bedside, decided to move into informatics three years ago, she knew exactly who she hoped to work for: Liz Johnson, Tenet Healthcare Corporation's vice president, applied clinical informatics.
September 14, 2012 | A short walk from Intermountain Medical Center sits the Homer Warner Center for Informatics Research, home to 60 informaticists following in the trail-blazing footsteps of their namesake.
September 14, 2012 | With limited budgets and resources, small community hospitals don't have the luxury of extra staff. In these environments, people learn to make do with what they have. That includes the IT departments, perhaps especially so.