Lead­ing the way

Blu­ford, Kini knew how IT could make a dif­fer­ence

Modern Healthcare - - CEO IT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS -

Since 2003, Mod­ern Health­care and the Health­care In­for­ma­tion and Man­age­ment Sys­tems So­ci­ety have jointly spon­sored the CEO IT Achieve­ment Awards to honor lead­ers of health­care or­ga­ni­za­tions at the fore­front of adopt­ing the elec­tronic records and in­for­ma­tion man­age­ment sys­tems that are a cen­tral com­po­nent of 21st cen­tury medicine.

No or­ga­ni­za­tion can suc­cess­fully make that tran­si­tion with­out strong lead­er­ship. This year, we chose two CEOs for their ex­tra­or­di­nary ef­forts in help­ing their health­care or­ga­ni­za­tions meet this of­ten­times dif­fi­cult chal­lenge.

In the pro­files con­tained in this spe­cial sec­tion, you will meet Dr. Naren­dra Kini, pres­i­dent and CEO of Mi­ami Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal, and John Blu­ford, pres­i­dent and CEO of Tru­man Med­i­cal Cen­ters, which is based in Kansas City, Mo. Re­porters Andis Robeznieks and Rachel Lan­den of­fer con­vinc­ing por­traits of how lead­er­ship makes a dif­fer­ence when it comes to rapid adop­tion of health in­for­ma­tion tech­nolo­gies.

The honorees were cho­sen by this year’s judges from nom­i­nees re­ceived by Mod­ern Health­care be­tween Jan. 14 and April 14. The judges in­cluded all three of last year’s CEO IT Achieve­ment Award win­ners. (See box be­low.) The cri­te­ria in­cluded a demon­strated lead­er­ship and com­mit­ment to us­ing HIT to ad­vance the health­care or­ga­ni­za­tion’s strate­gic goals; hav­ing achieved mea­sur­able re­sults for his or her or­ga­ni­za­tion us­ing HIT; and shar­ing his or her HIT ex­per­tise with peers and other mem­bers of the health­care in­dus­try. While the judges gave numer­i­cal scores for each of the cat­e­gories, the edi­tors of Mod­ern Health­care made the fi­nal de­ter­mi­na­tion.

The judges’ con­clu­sions said it all. They lauded Kini’s in­no­va­tive ap­proach to us­ing smart­phone ap­pli­ca­tions to im­prove pa­tient care and busi­ness pro­cesses, and noted the high level of fi­nan­cial sup­port that Mi­ami Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal gives to HIT.

The judges also rec­og­nized Blu­ford for his ag­gres­sive strat­egy for im­ple­ment­ing HIT at Tru­man Med­i­cal Cen­ters. They noted his sys­tem’s high level of in­vest­ment and the very solid met­rics that demon­strated mea­sur­able re­sults from the de­ploy­ment of HIT.

In ad­di­tion to be­ing pro­filed in this spe­cial sec­tion, Kini and Blu­ford will be hon­ored dur­ing National Health IT week in Wash­ing­ton in Septem­ber. For more in­for­ma­tion on the Sept. 18 awards cer­e­mony and re­cep­tion, please con­tact Eli­nore Boeke at HIMSS, at 703-562-8817 or eboeke@himss.org.

If you have any ques­tions, com­ments or sug­ges­tions for next year’s CEO IT Achieve­ment Awards, please con­tact John Thomas, Mod­ern Health­care’s chief of edi­to­rial op­er­a­tions, at 312-649-5274 or jthomas@modernhealth­care.com.

Mer­rill Goozner

Edi­tor Mod­ern Health­care

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