Healthcare CIOs Discuss Top Healthcare IT Optimization Strategies

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Healthcare CIOs Discuss Top Healthcare IT Optimization Strategies
Insights Shared at CIO Summit Co-Sponsored by Scottsdale Institute and Impact Advisors

Minneapolis & Chicago (June 22, 2015)—This past April, thirteen leading healthcare CIOs convened at the annual Scottsdale Institute CIO Summit to discuss the optimization challenges their health systems are facing and the strategies needed to maximize the success of optimization projects. The Summit was hosted by Scottsdale Institute, a not-for-profit membership organization of health systems advanced in IT, supported by Impact Advisors, a healthcare IT consultancy and moderated by Dr. Tonya Edwards, Physician Advisor at Impact Advisors. The group identified and focused the conversation on organizational drivers for optimization which include eliminating waste, improving efficiency, improving user and customer satisfaction, and improving the operational bottom line. The CIOs in attendance included:

  • Mark Barner – Ascension; Advisor Panel, Scottsdale Institute
  • Dave Bensema, MD – Baptist Health Kentucky; Advisor Panel, Scottsdale Institute
  • John Delano – INTEGRIS Health; Advisor Panel, Scottsdale Institute
  • Robert Eardley – Houston Methodist; Advisor Panel, Scottsdale Institute
  • Jon Manis – Sutter Health; Advisor Panel, Scottsdale Institute
  • Lee Marley – Presbyterian Healthcare Services
  • Patrick O’Hare – Spectrum Health; Advisor Panel, Scottsdale Institute
  • Marcus Shipley – Trinity Health; Advisor Panel, Scottsdale Institute
  • Bruce Smith – Advocate Health Care; Board Member, Scottsdale Institute
  • Alan Soderblom – Adventist Health; Advisor Panel, Scottsdale Institute
  • Bill Spooner – Sharp (retired); Advisor Panel, Scottsdale Institute
  • Richard Shirey – Hartford HealthCare
  • Jim Veline – Avera Health; Advisor Panel, Scottsdale Institute

The report from the CIO Summit suggests seven key takeaways that CIOs need to consider and execute in order to maintain a successful optimization strategy within their health system. A copy of the report, “Optimizing Healthcare IT: Challenges and Strategies for Success” is downloadable for free at and at

“Recognizing the challenges that health systems face related to optimization is a critical step to organizational success,” said Shelli Williamson, Executive Director of the Scottsdale Institute. “The CIOs who participated in the Scottsdale Institute Spring CIO Summit are leaders in the industry and their expertise is insightful as they describe these strategies for optimizing organizational performance and IT’s critical role in supporting this.”

“Healthcare CIOs continue to have a challenging role as it relates to optimization,” said Andy Smith, President of Impact Advisors. “As the healthcare industry shifts from a strong focus on implementation to the need for optimized systems, best practices and key takeaways paired with flexible and agile executives will be extremely important to the success of healthcare organizations.”

About Scottsdale Institute

The Scottsdale Institute (SI) is a not-for-profit membership organization of prominent healthcare systems whose goal is to support its members on their journey to clinical integration through information technology. SI facilitates knowledge sharing and collaboration among an exclusive group of senior executives as well as among their teams across the enterprise. We provide intimate and informal forums that accomplish this goal through collaboration, education & networking. For more information visit

About Impact Advisors

Impact Advisors, a distinguished healthcare information technology consulting firm, improves its clients’ healthcare delivery through technology. As a trusted healthcare leader, the firm helps hospitals and health systems maximize clinical and operational performance with its Best in KLAS® strategic advisory, implementation and optimization services. Since its inception, Impact Advisors has consulted to more than 140 hospitals and health systems nationally and internationally. The firm has earned a number of industry and workplace quality awards including Best in KLAS® for seven consecutive years, Healthcare Informatics HCI 100, Crain’s Chicago Business Fast Fifty and Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work.  For more information about Impact Advisors, visit