Each year near the HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition, CHIME and HIMSS together name a CIO of the Year, and each year Healthcare IT News interviews the winner about the biggest challenges faced, the changing role of the CIO, and we also ask him or her to look to the future and say what they envision for healthcare IT 10 years ahead.
Here are the responses from the past five CIOs of the Year.
2012: James Turnbull, CIO at University of Utah Health Care
"We're just wrestling with exactly that issue here. We’ve just gone through our capital budget again this year. Our capital budget for IT, for the first time, has actually started to go down. The reason for that is we’ve basically installed a very rich revenue cycle management, we have a decision support environment in place, a great data warehouse. The baseline is all in place now. I think what we’re going to be moving to is mHealth – that’s where it's going to go.
"I think telemedicine is about ready to just explode. Not traditional telemedicine where we think of a doctor or a patient doing a consult with a doctor in a remote location, but telemedicine with the patient themselves within their home settings. And, that’s so inexpensive. It’s very inexpensive on the technology side. You really need to change your care delivery model and resources that you have here at the hospital that are supporting that delivery system. I think it’s going to be so different 10 years from now."
2011: Rick Schooler, vice president and CIO of Orlando Health, a seven-hospital health system with a 355-member IT staff.