A topic getting a significant amount of attention at the recent HIMSS 2018 Conference and Exhibition was that of medical device security. Addressing that topic was a dinner and panel discussion hosted by CloudPost Networks, Huntzinger, and Meditology Services. Approximately 40 CIOs, CTOs, CISOs, and others, listened to Wes Wright, CTO of Sutter Health, and Clint Perkinson, Director of Information Technology at Beebe Healthcare, provide their insights on medical device security. The expert panelists, as well as the attendees, expressed concern that medical devices present a significant cybersecurity challenge to healthcare organizations.
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Below is a quick look back at Huntzinger Management Group attending HIMSS18 last week, which was held in Las Vegas.
HMG Staff, on Mar 1, 2018 2:17:33 PM
Background, Opportunities & Challenges
In February 2016, Michigan Medicine established a formal strategy for clinical growth. The strategy outlined a goal to provide care for 400,000 total lives, which would require the addition of 250,000 lives to the localized patient population they served at the time. Further, Michigan Medicine sought to extend its care delivery network to 3.5 million lives statewide, through acquisitions, affiliations and referrals — an ambitious increase above the existing 2.2 million lives being served. After being brought in late to Michigan Medicine’s Mergers, Acquisitions and Affiliations (MA&A) process on several occasions, Michigan Medicine’s information technology leadership team (the Health Information Technology Services (HITS) department) recognized that they needed a more structured approach, or playbook, to manage the growing number of Michigan Medicine MA&As, and become a more strategic MA&A partner within Michigan Medicine.
Advisors’ Advice: A More Formal — and Earlier — Role for IT in Healthcare Mergers, Acquisitions and Affiliations Processes
HMG Staff, on Feb 27, 2018 8:27:49 AM
By Lynn H. Vogel, Ph.D.
Next Wave Health Advisors
Mergers and Acquisitions Seem Inevitable
Mergers and acquisitions have always been a part of the corporate landscape. Companies seeking greater market share, more control over their supply lines, adding products to their existing portfolios, and eliminating competition have often sought to accomplish these goals by acquiring or merging with other companies. In recent years, the healthcare industry has joined these types of efforts with health systems acquiring hospitals and other health systems, and hospitals and health systems acquiring physician practices. But healthcare has also added a unique component to these processes: affiliations that fall short of an actual formal merger or acquisition by entering into joint ventures, joint operating agreements, professional associations or agreements to facilitate interoperability through mutual cooperative associations. So, what has been typically known as “M&A” activities, becomes “MA&A” activities in healthcare. Unlike the corporate world in which formal changes in control typically follow from mergers and acquisition, affiliation agreements in healthcare can include mutual management or oversight responsibilities in addition to activities that result in changes in control. When lawyers, physicians and executives get together, there is almost no limit to their creativity in developing new organizational arrangements.
HMG Staff, on Feb 20, 2018 7:47:13 AM
This a guest post provided by Andrew Rosenberg, MD, CIO of Michigan Medicine, and the interim VP for IT and CIO at the University of Michigan. Huntzinger periodically invites its clients and partners to contribute to The Huntzinger Blog.
By Andrew Rosenberg, MD
Associate Professor, Anesthesiology & Internal Medicine
Chief Information Officer for Michigan Medicine
Interim Vice President for IT and CIO for University of Michigan
Time as a CIO
Time in Current Role
I’ve been the CIO of Michigan Medicine since January 2016, and have been the interim VPIT/CIO of U-M since December 2017.
An Inside Look into the Lives of Huntzinger Consultants
I am a Management Consultant and a Delivery Manager for Huntzinger. My background is in IT servicing. I have built and managed IT support and project management organizations (PMOs) in my past and have a particular expertise in support, help desks, and contact centers. I also happen to be a medical technologist with a laboratory background, so I often do lab IT work for our clients. I tend to flip flop between support services and laboratory roles with Huntzinger, depending upon the client’s needs. As a Delivery Manager, I have consultants who report to me, and I manage this team from a Huntzinger perspective on behalf of our clients.
HMG Staff, on Jan 25, 2018 10:31:00 AM
Randy McCleese has been named the 2017 John E. Gall, Jr. CIO of the Year by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). McCleese is the CIO at Methodist Hospital, a two-hospital system in western Kentucky.
This is a guest post provided by John Kravitz, Senior VP and CIO of Geisinger Health System. Huntzinger periodically invites its clients and partners to contribute to The Huntzinger Blog.
By John Kravitz, CHCIO
Senior Vice President and CIO
Geisinger Health System
Time as a CIO
Time in Current Role
18 months as CIO, but I’ve been a part of Geisinger Health System for eight years.
An Inside Look Into the Lives of Huntzinger Consultants
“I am a Senior Management Consultant. For many of our clients I work as an acting project or applications manager.”
Time at Huntzinger
“I worked at Huntzinger as a contractor for a couple months in 2014, then I took a local position with an HIE in New York, which was a good opportunity to expand my knowledgebase. I then returned to Huntzinger as an employee in August 2016.”
This is a guest post provided by Laura Smith, CIO at UnityPoint Health. Huntzinger periodically invites its clients and partners to contribute to The Huntzinger Blog.
By Laura Smith, MBA, PMP
UnityPoint Health, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Time in Healthcare
About 17 years. I have been with UnityPoint Health for most of my professional career. I started at UnityPoint Health (then Iowa Health System) as an interface analyst, and in 2005 took my first IT management position. Over the past 12 years, I have taken on various leadership roles of increasing responsibility.