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Hi all,

My name is Jack Murtha. I started this week as senior editor of Healthcare Analytics News, a website and magazine covering the nexus of healthcare and technology. The publication has been around for a few months, but we're ramping up our efforts now.

One point that we're very much interested in is how hospital administrators are adapting to this increasingly high-tech environment--and what they should know or do.

We recently spoke with Dr. William Winkenwerder, CEO of the startup Cureatr, which helps hospitals deal with these issues. He had some interesting ideas on where the industry is going and what executives can do now. A sample: "At the end of the day, your IT vision needs to relate to your business, and who you want to be, and how you want to perform. It’s always in service to that, not just an independent pursuit of neat gadgetry." (Here's the full Q&A.)

Anyone have any thoughts on this? What are common mistakes? How about easy-to-implement or often-overlooked solutions?

Thanks.

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  • Hi Jack,

    That is a very informative Q&A from Dr. William. I have some clinical experience as a dentist and am now pursuing an MSc in Health Informatics. Though my experience might be limited when it comes to hospital administrators, the main point that comes up a lot during my masters and from the people working in hospitals with technology is that the technology should be user-centered and user-focused. It often happens that the key users are consulted for their input on a new technology only after the system has been developed. At that point, there is only so much that can be changed and improved in the system. It is crucial to talk to the main users and understand what technology will be beneficial to them before creating and implementing "neat gadgetry" as mentined in the quote from Dr. William. Taking this approach will make it so much easier for adminisrators and clinicans to adopt to new technology because it will become a tool that is helping them rather than an additional cumbersome technology that has to be learnt by them.
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