Six Concerns Causing Sleepless Night for Health Care Admins

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Big Data

Everyone is talking about Big Data across many different industries, but it's especially relevant in health care. In the health care market, the move toward Big Data is not about choosing a platform or product; it's about an IT maturation that will drive capability and process improvements in the organization as a whole. Before implementing an analytics strategy, CIOs must consider how they'll curate data as well as the kinds of data governance policies that must be put in place. It's not as much about the destination as it is about continually maturing the organization - setting up data governance and adhering to those governing principles. CIOs insisting on data maturity and governance will sleep well.

Health care organizations are privy to a colossal amount of highly sensitive personal data, and as such, are one of the most highly regulated industries in the U.S. Even the most benign security breach could have catastrophic effects on patients' lives. Therefore, it's no surprise that breaches, regulatory compliance and meaningful use are issues that keep health care CIOs up at night. However, with the right planning, it is possible to reduce the risk these threats pose, as well as some of the stress.

Ed Simcox, health care business leader for Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider, recently spoke with The Healthcare Insider radio network. In his interview, Simcox identified six of the top issues in health care IT that cause sleepless nights for admins, as well as best practices for resolving these important concerns.

"Traditionally, CIOs and their IT departments in large health care organizations have been considered a necessary cost center," Simcox says. "But CIOs today want to move up the value chain inside their organizations, making IT more strategic and relevant to their Boards of Directors. Health care CIOs are transforming from what essentially was an asset management role to that of a strategic business advisor to the health system."


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