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Tech Blog: Virtual Desktop Infrastructure – Drivers, Security, Costs and Benefits

Welcome to the Huntzinger Tech Blog. Our goal is to provide some insights and perspectives on various technical topics that CTOs, IT directors, and other healthcare IT professionals deal with from a technical infrastructure perspective.

Chris Holda
Senior Management Consultant
Huntzinger Management Group

This month we will be covering virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) – a very broad topic that can mean a lot of different things depending on the environment and use cases involved. Software from VMware, Citrix, Microsoft, and others have allowed IT departments to explore different ways to present a virtual desktop environment. VDI can mean everything from Windows OS running a full desktop environment served to a zero client, to an auto-logon PC that uses a local OS but launches directly into a Citrix XenDesktop environment. As the options for VDI or desktop virtualization have expanded, the way you can choose to implement these technologies is as limitless as your potential use cases. So how do you know where to start?

Topics: Tech Blog

Consultant's Corner - Tom Keil

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.”

Topics: Consultant's Corner

CIO Chat - Laura Smith, UnityPoint Health

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.

Topics: CIO Chat

Avoiding Hand-to-Hand Combat: M&A Survival Tactics

One of the major challenges facing healthcare CIOs is dealing with the accelerated pace of today’s merger, acquisition, and affiliation (MA&A) activities. This challenge was the topic of a focus group of 13 CIOs, recently conducted at the CHIME 2017 Fall Forum. The group agreed MA&A activities were impacting their responsibilities, noting the activities were placing heavy demands on information technology (IT). The CIOs felt it was challenging to be an effective leader involving multiple MA&A activities — addressing multiple goals/objectives, sometimes conflicting, and balancing with day-to-day operational requirements, further exacerbated by limited IT resources amidst a growing workload. The group then examined actions that can aid in managing MA&A activities.
Topics: Announcements

Consultant's Corner - Rhonda Beaudet

An Inside Look into the Lives of Huntzinger Consultants


“I am a Delivery Manager and Management Consultant. As a consultant I provide project management services to clients and fulfill other needs. As a Delivery Manager, I onboard, support and oversee a team of experienced consultants.”

Time at Huntzinger
“I started working at Huntzinger as an independent contractor in January 2014 and became a full-time employee in March of 2015.”

Topics: Consultant's Corner

Next Wave’s William Spooner moderates keynote and leads roundtable at the Millennium Alliance’s Assembly – Healthcare Providers Transformation

William Spooner, Founding Advisor at Next Wave Health Advisors, a Huntzinger company, recently led two sessions at The Millennium Alliance’s Assembly - HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS TRANSFORMATION.

Topics: Announcements

CIO Chat - Scott Arnold, Tampa General Hospital

This is a guest post provided by Scott Arnold, Senior VP and CIO of Tampa General Hospital. Huntzinger periodically invites its clients and partners to contribute to The Huntzinger Blog.

By Scott Arnold
Senior VP & CIO
Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, Fla.

Time in Healthcare
About 13 years. The early part of my career was spent in aerospace (McDonnell Douglas and Boeing) and at a software development company. A common thread has always been technology.

Time as a CIO
5 years

Topics: CIO Chat

Consultant’s Corner – Geoff Turner

An Inside Look into the Lives of Huntzinger Consultants

“I am a subcontractor with Huntzinger specializing as a Cerner consultant. I help Huntzinger’s clients develop their physician documentation, assist them with HIM workflow, system design, and optimization.”

Time at Huntzinger
Almost two years

Time in Healthcare IT
“I’ve been in health IT since 2005. All that time has been focused on Cerner solutions, including working at Cerner for a stint. I have also worked for a large hospital organization and I've been an independent consultant. This has given me a 360-degree perspective of the Cerner platform. I have implemented and supported Cerner Core, HIM, Clinical Reporting, RRD, Dynamic Documentation, Meaningful Use and the CCL programming language.”

Topics: Consultant's Corner

What Works - Data Analytics and Business Intelligence Assessment Results in Strategic Roadmap and an Actionable Plan for Success

Adena Health System

Adena Health System includes three hospitals (Chillicothe, Waverly and Greenfield) and six regional clinics, with a total of 311 beds. Adena provides quality healthcare for the more than 400,000 people who call south central and southern Ohio home. With more than 3,000 employees, Adena serves as an economic catalyst for the region. For several years, Adena has had a data analytics (DA) and business intelligence (BI) capability, which it leveraged to obtain information to enhance the performance of its operations. Yet, despite the availability of these resources and capabilities, Adena never felt the level of information met expectations.

Topics: What Works Series

Huntzinger Congratulates Geisinger’s John Kravitz on Being Appointed to the CHIME Board of Trustees

Huntzinger Management Group congratulates John Kravitz for being appointed to the Board of Trustees at the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). John Kravitz, CHCIO, is the senior vice president and CIO at Geisinger Health System.

Topics: Announcements