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Many things keep healthcare CIOs up at night, but here are six of the more pressing issues—along with suggested remedies for getting a good night’s sleep!

  1. Security:  When faced with declining budgets and increased risks, maintaining security certainly keeps IT pros up at night. Working with a third party that has expertise in security—specifically in the healthcare industry—helps you take a step back and properly examine all the potential holes in your security posture.
  1. Meaningful Use: The amount of information is exploding—whether it’s data capture, patient access, exchanging data across the organization, or improving patient outcomes by making meaningful use of the data to inform clinical and administrative decisions. Big Data solutions and the use of advanced analytics will be required going forward.
  1. Big Data: the move toward big data is not just about choosing a platform, it’s also about IT maturation that drives process improvements. Before implementing an analytics strategy, consider how to curate the data and establish the necessary data governance policies.
  1. Mobility: Clinicians and nurses are weighed down by the number of systems they have to log into and the number of mobile devices they have to carry, which means less time with patients and higher administrative overhead. CIOs must analyze how to simplify the computing and communications environment.
  1. Imaging: As image resolutions go up, the number of slices that scans produce and the size of the files also grows. Focus on the business aspects. The goal is to enable clinicians to see any type of study as well as clinical documentation in a longitudinal patient view so they get a contextual timeline—with images—of health trends.
  1. ICD-10: For organizations that invested in ICD-10, moving forward and activating ICD-10 now is the best strategy. This tells stakeholders you’re serious about regulatory compliance, and that the organization is preparing the data analytics and decision-support mechanisms that were not previously in place.

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