HealthIT exec recalls problems, successes

If Christine Forman as the new VP of information technology had wanted to send out an email to a friend with her updated contact info, she couldn't have. The problem? Nassau Health Care didn't have e-mail when she arrived in March 2002. However, delivering an IT pro of Forman's stature was proof-positive the corporation was finally looking ahead. You see, the former associate dean at Briarcliff College and former adjunct professor at the New York Institute of Technology knew a thing or two about computers. At the helm of the first hospital on Long Island to have computerized physician order entry, she recalls how far behind the system was when she arrive--and how she turned it around.

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