Introducing the January 2014 issue

By Richard Pizzi
09:16 AM

The January 2014 issue of Healthcare IT News encourages us to reflect on the past 10 years, and the maturing of an entire industry.

It's been a decade since President George W. Bush called – in his 2004 State of the Union speech – for the IT-driven transformation of the U.S. healthcare system. "By computerizing health records, we can avoid dangerous medical mistakes, reduce costs and improve care," Bush told Congress. Coincidentally, it's also the 10-year anniversary of Healthcare IT News.

To celebrate both anniversaries, editor Bernie Monegain spoke to a variety of hospital CIOs, policymakers, vendors and others, asking them to reflect on 10 years of healthcare information technology. What was it like to be in health IT in 2004, as compared to 2014? What have been the high points and low points along the way? What can we expect going forward?

If conversations with health IT experts isn't your thing, perhaps you'd rather look at caricatures of industry leaders. The January issue offers that option as well. Healthcare IT News Managing Editor Mike Miliard drew portraits of 10 health IT influencers over the past 10 years. And he did it with a stylus on an iPad, no less.

From the early days at Partners HealthCare to today as president of the Healthcare Division at Siemens, John Glaser has experienced firsthand the vast changes that have occurred in healthcare and health IT over the past 10 years. He shares his insight in a wide-ranging Q&A with editor with Bernie Monegain.

Ten years ago, CPOE implementations seemed doomed for failure. Even today, safety challenges remain. But, today the headlines are about successes rather than disasters. Contributing writer Neil Versel reflects on the technology's ups and downs over the past decade, and concludes that there is still a "huge amount" of opportunity ahead. 

Hospital infrastructure has changed dramatically in the last decade, according to contributing writer Chris Nerney. Not everyone kept clinical notes in spiral notebooks, but some did. Some hospitals were still paper-based and others were operating their own home-built digital systems even back then. Today, those same organizations are removing the in-house technology in favor of multi-million dollar commercial EHR systems.

Enjoy these stories and the rest of the issue, including our photo spread on 10 years of healthcare IT. As always, let us know how we're doing by contacting any of our writers directly, or me at