Robotics will become more common in surgery, predicts this healthcare CIO.
Career accomplishment I’m most proud of: We’ve built a culture that proves you can do good things technically and still treat people well. Lehigh Valley has been recognized nationally for our work in healthcare technology, so we work hard. But people like working here, and our turnover rate over the past 15 years is less than 2%.
Most important career influencers: I’ve been fortunate to work for two excellent mentors. One was the CFO at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He taught me to keep pushing the envelope. The second was the former CEO at Lehigh Valley. He helped hone my process skills. I also learned how to keep off their radar when things weren’t going so well–and that was probably just as important as anything else.
On The Job
Size of IT team: 302 employees
- Implement and use federally certified clinical software that supports HITECH regulations about patient care and data collection, and then convince 1,000 physicians to use it.
- Provide caregivers with a device that provides access to all systems needed for medical rounds and daily office practice, but one thats lighter, friendlier, and less expensive than the technology were currently using.
- Build a health information exchange that pulls together data from local school districts and local health systems, improving medical care for underserved students in inner-city areas.
Degrees: St. Josephs College, BS in engineering; Temple University, MS in engineering
Leisure activities: Fishing and reading
Favorite president: Harry Truman; he made difficult decisions in difficult timesPet peeve: Our tax laws are archaic–how is it that I pay more income tax than GE?
If I werent a CIO, I’d be … teaching Civil War history at a university
Originally posted on July 9, 2012 on InformationWeek.com