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Healthcare CIOs discuss challenges and priorities for coming year

This past September, eight CIOs from some of the nation’s leading healthcare organizations convened at the annual Scottsdale Institute Fall CIO Summit to discuss the most important IT related challenges their health systems are facing and the strategies to position their organizations for success over the next year. The Summit was hosted by the Scottsdale Institute, a not-for-profit membership organization of health systems advanced in IT, and sponsored by Impact Advisors, a leading provider of healthcare information technology consulting services. The conversations and key findings from the Summit are outlined in the report, “The New World of the Health System CIO: Consumers, Consolidation and Crooks.”

“We are pleased to continue to bring the nation’s leading CIOs together to discuss challenges that affect their health systems,” said Shelli Williamson, Executive Director of “The New World of the Health System CIO: Consumers, Consolidation and Crooks.”. “We know that now, more than ever, their leadership, time and focus will be instrumental in the success of their organization.”

The CIOs in attendance included:

  • David Bensema, MD – Baptist Health Kentucky
  • Kyle Johnson – Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems
  • Jonathan Manis – Sutter Health
  • Bill Russell – Saint Joseph Health System
  • Bruce Smith – Advocate Health Care
  • Subra Sripada – Beaumont Health
  • Jim Veline – Avera Health
  • Laishy Williams-Carlson – Bon Secours Health System

The group identified five challenges that are consuming a majority of their time and creating the most angst. Those challenges include new payment models; optimization; mergers and acquisitions; security and competing for and retaining patients and consumers. The CIOs also identified key focus areas and strategies to help address those challenges. The group concluded that leadership skills, taking risks and innovation will be crucial to the success of their health systems over the coming years and beyond.

“Most, if not all, organizations today are facing growing information technology needs in the face of shrinking margins,” said Andy Smith, President and Co-Founder of Impact Advisors. “We are confident that the priorities and focus areas this group identified for the coming year will be useful for all CIOs facing similar challenges.”

A copy of the report, “The New World of the Health System CIO: Consumers, Consolidation and Crooks,” is downloadable for free at and at Dr. Tonya Edwards, Physician Executive at Impact Advisors, prepared the report on behalf of Scottsdale Institute and Impact Advisors.