Crafting a Next Generation IT strategy – Life as a Healthcare CIO – 9 July 2014
“During my 16 years as CIO, I’ve witnessed the transition from client server to web, from desktops to
mobile, and from locally hosted to cloud.
As Beth Israel Deaconess merges and acquires more hospitals, more practices and more care management capabilities, what are its strategic IT choices?
I will not even mention “best of breed”, because I think the industry has abandoned such a strategy as unworkable in an era when everyone needs access to everything for care coordination, population health, and patient/family engagement.
The choices are basically two
a. Single monolithic vendor application for everyone everywhere
b. Best of Suite – the smallest number of applications/modules that meet the need for business integration (defined in the graphic above)
It’s extremely popular among academic medical centers, ACOs, and healthcare systems to choose “A”, often at great cost.
BIDMC has a 30 year tradition of building and buying systems balancing costs, agility, and functionality.
As I plan for the next generation of IT systems, I favor “B” and believe I can achieve our business goals in shorter time, at lower cost, with less risk.
Here’s the thinking.”
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