For Orlando Health Chief Information Officer Rick Schooler, his job is all about balancing projects that are required by regulation with all of the various other initiatives underway at the 1,780-bed health network.
Orlando Health has a formal IT governance process through which it ensures the things that are required by regulation--or are truly strategic to the organization--are tackled first and foremost, Schooler, who is also the health system's vice president, tells FierceHealthIT in an interview.
After those initiatives are taken care of, "then it boils down to 'OK, now what else do we need to do?'" he says. Full interview
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Cue up the John Williams score: Measures to halt or vanquish ICD-10 implementation have officially entered this domain.
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