In an interview, John Halamka, M.D., MS, CIO at CareGroup Healthcare System, talked about his professional responsibilities. What usually happens in careers of CIOs is that about every two to three years the CIO is changed out. He has seen this in several organizations, and so one of his challenges over the 11 years that he has been CIO for this hospital is to never have an agenda of his own. So, it's a fascinating balance of constantly aligning the needs of the organization, and addressing urgent needs, but not losing sight of the long-term projects that everyone in the organization agrees you have to do, though they may not be glamorous. And, of course, doing all that with increasing demand for IT and budgets that don't grow at the same pace as the demand grows. Also, as the CIO or an IT professional, don't ever be the rate-limiting step, rather, you should be embracing of innovation.
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