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CFOs: It's time to drop the 'silo' mentality about healthcare IT

Posted May 20 2010 5:31am

by Caralyn Davis

How much do hospital CFOs really know about the technological nuts and bolts of protecting patient health information? How much should they know?

That's the question I posed recently to Dr. Barry Chaiken, chair of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (better known as HIMSS). He echoed what many CIOs have been saying for some time; while some of the more tactical IT issues are better left to IT geeks, CFOs should consider privacy and security "a strategic issue," Chaiken says.

"We can no longer in healthcare work in silos," Chaiken told me. "Everybody is interconnected, so clinical and nonclinical people have an obligation to work closely together to address all the issues in healthcare, particularly privacy and security."

Chaiken outlined three critical steps that healthcare financial leaders should take...


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