Why hospital CIOs must be involved in facility planning

For hospitals that are part of what Witt/Kieffer healthcare IT recruiter Bonnie Siegel calls the "building boom," CIOs need to be right in the thick of all planning efforts. In a post at healthsystemCIO.com, Siegel says that IT leaders have a responsibility when it comes to planning, preparation and management of new construction.

"The CIO needs to be actively involved in planning, design and getting end-user input to be successful," Siegel says. "IT management will need to identify, evaluate and select specific information technology that can support the new construction and IT strategic decision. ... The need to reduce medical errors, design patient rooms to ensure safety, and accommodate emerging technologies for automation is essential for the long-term plans for any health system." Post

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