Lead­ing to the next level

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - People On The Move - By Cindy Kent ck­[email protected]­tinel.com, 954-356-4662 or Twit­ter @mind­ingy­our­biz

Jeff Stur­man is se­nior vice pres­i­dent and chief in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer at Memo­rial Health­care Sys­tem in Hol­ly­wood. With a 25-year ca­reer in health­care in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy and a pre­vi­ous job with MHS, Stur­man says he is con­fi­dent that he can “lead Memo­rial to the next level in its tech­nol­ogy evo­lu­tion.” Work­ing in both op­er­a­tions and con­sult­ing, Stur­man says he un­der­stands the com­plex­i­ties of man­ag­ing di­verse groups, health­care work­flow, and ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies.


Ex­pe­ri­ence: This is my sec­ond stint at MHS, pre­vi­ously from 2004-2012, af­ter six years as a part­ner at Cum­ber­land Con­sult­ing Group; also I’ve worked in Chicago, at Ernst & Young and then Cap Gemini.

Ed­u­ca­tion: Univer­sity of Mis­souri, Columbia, Mo., Mas­ters of Health Ad­min­is­tra­tion; In­di­ana Univer­sity, Bloom­ing­ton, Ind., B.A. Psy­chol­ogy

On the job

What I do: I man­age and lead all as­pects of in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy across Memo­rial Health­care Sys­tem, which in­cludes six hos­pi­tals in South Broward, and other med­i­cal and an­cil­lary care fa­cil­i­ties.

Why my job is im­por­tant: At Memo­rial, the CIO role is one of the ex­ec­u­tive po­si­tions con­nected to all as­pects of our busi­ness, in­clud­ing clin­i­cal, fi­nan­cial, and tech­no­log­i­cal. I’m in­ti­mately in­volved in day-to-day op­er­a­tions.

In­dus­try wis­dom: Health­care re­volves around peo­ple and re­la­tion­ships, so it’s im­por­tant to lis­ten, col­lab­o­rate, and be flex­i­ble enough to de­liver out­comes that ben­e­fit ev­ery­one.


Un­der­stand the long view: Elec­tronic

health records, the foun­da­tion of tech­nol­ogy in health­care provider or­ga­ni­za­tions, are well es­tab­lished, so now it’s about us­ing the data they gen­er­ate to help providers and ad­min­is­tra­tors make an­a­lytic and ev­i­dence-based de­ci­sions that im­prove pa­tient care.

Cre­ate last­ing re­la­tion­ships :IfI don’t have an an­swer, my trusted net­work can be counted on to pro­vide per­spec­tive and ex­per­tise.

Pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment: HIMSS, Health­care In­for­ma­tion Man­age­ment Sys­tems So­ci­ety, and CHIME, the Col­lege of Health­care In­for­ma­tion Man­age­ment Ex­ec­u­tives. Both groups for­tify my net­work and pro­vide re­sources to stay on top of ad­vance­ments in health­care IT.

Ad­vice to young pro­fes­sion­als: It’s a great time to be in­volved in health­care in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy. All of us have the op­por­tu­nity to in­flu­ence what can be ac­com­plished for the next gen­er­a­tion and max­i­mize the pos­si­bil­i­ties of what a com­plex in­dus­try can de­liver to its many au­di­ences.


Jeff Stur­man is se­nior vice pres­i­dent and chief in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer at Memo­rial Health­care Sys­tem, in Hol­ly­wood.

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