In the wake of continual regulations and federal programs for health IT professionals, one of the biggest challenges for Carolinas Healthcare System Chief Information Officer Craig Richardville and his team is trying to understand and prioritize such requirements.
"There are many aspects of what we do where regulations come down, and the toughest thing is ensuring that we can continue to push the industry, transform the industry and also try to influence what some of these requirements are to allow us to continue to be successful," Richardville tells FierceHealthIT in an exclusive interview. Interview
There is no better time than right now to be a CIO in healthcare because we are at the core of change. For instance, the landscape has shifted dramatically with the adoption of electronic medical records acrossthe nation. According to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, in 2013, nearly six in ten hospitals (59 percent) adopted at least a Basic EHR system. This represents an increase of 34 percent from 2012 to 2013, and a five-fold increase since 2008. I'm willing to bet that percentage is even higher in 2015.
Additionally, the industry is moving toward a virtual care model. This evolution is being driven by a new generation of patients/consumers where expectations have changed. Consumers are starting to demand the same level of access to healthcare as they can get in other verticals such as retail and banking, where they can receive on-demand information and make transactions, and personalized information is at their fingertips. While we have already started down that road in healthcare, a stronger push is needed to bolster those efforts.
In particular, we have seen an emergence of telemedicine across the spectrum from all providers. Most providers, I believe, have started to offer some sort of telemedicine treatments. Read more...
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