Six Concerns Causing Sleepless Night for Health Care Admins

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Clinicians are being weighed down by the number of systems they have to log into when accessing or recording patient data; the average for doctors is about 40 logins with passwords they have to memorize to just do their jobs.  Some nurses carry between three and five mobile devices with them all day long as well. All of this means less time for doctors and nurses to connect with patients and a lot of administrative overhead, which drives up costs. The hard work for the CIO is to analyze which devices are being used, for what, and how to simplify the computing and communications environment so that the technology fades into the background and clinicians are able to focus on patients.

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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