Strong leadership a must for a successful health IT implementation

Successful implementation of health IT at any hospital is contingent on strong leadership, according to Terry Hill, executive director of the National Rural Health Resources Center in Duluth, Minn. Hill and colleague Joe Wivoda, CIO at NRHRC, spoke on a webinar hosted by the Health Resources and Services Administration, and said they believe that all leadership agendas need to cover four points: adoption path, total cost of ownership, project management and project champions. "There is no exact formula to follow when implementing an [electronic health record] system," Hill said, according to Becker's Hospital Review. "The places where we've seen really good implementation had really good leadership. Leadership that was prepared, aligned and supportive." Read the full article

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