Scottsdale Institute CIO Summit Provides Strategies for EHR Value Realization

Thirteen health system CIOs share challenges and opportunities for success

Minneapolis & Chicago (June 20, 2017)— Chief Information Officers (CIOs) from some of the nation’s leading health systems gathered at the recent Scottsdale Institute (SI) Annual CIO Spring Summit to examine how electronic health records (EHRs) are providing value to their organizations; discuss the challenges and barriers to realizing success; and share best practices to ensure health systems are maximizing their EHR investment.

Examples of success and challenges from the discussion held in April as part of the Scottsdale Institute CIO Spring Summit are outlined in the report “EHR Value Realization-Rx for Success,” which shares examples of EHR value success from leading healthcare CIOs; explores challenges health systems are experiencing; identifies the key relationships necessary; and lists strategies to help health systems achieve the goals set. A copy of the report is available for free download at and at

“These are exciting and challenging times for healthcare CIOs and we appreciate the opportunity to convene this SI CIO Summit where leading executives can share ideas and best practices on the vital issue of EHR value realization,” said Janet Guptill, executive director of the Scottsdale Institute. “As a SI Member CIO said, ‘The EHR is the stable core for connecting devices, data, patients and caregivers and provides a platform for systematic quality improvement.’ Yet there’s much more to do to maximize the value of IT investments, especially in areas like interoperability, standardizing care, improving data literacy and enhancing clinical outcomes.”

The CIO Spring Summit was hosted by Scottsdale Institute, a not-for-profit membership organization of health systems advanced in IT and supported by Impact Advisors, a healthcare IT consultancy. The CIOs in attendance included:

  • George Conklin – CHRISTUS Health
  • Robert Eardley – Houston Methodist
  • Mark Lantzy – IU Health
  • Ken Lawonn – Sharp HealthCare
  • Mark McMath – Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
  • Patrick O’Hare – Spectrum Health
  • Cecilia Page – UK HealthCare
  • Rich Pollack – VCU Health
  • Chuck Scully – HonorHealth
  • Bruce Smith – Advocate Health Care
  • Tim Thompson – BayCare Health System
  • Joel Vengco – Baystate Health
  • Jim Veline – Avera

“Healthcare organizations have simply put too much time and money into their EHR investments to not be seeing substantial improvements in clinical outcomes and financial metrics,” said Peter Smith, CEO, Impact Advisors. “It’s crucial for CIOs and other healthcare professionals to have these real and honest discussions around what the barriers are to realizing value and how the health systems can overcome those challenges to ensure organizations are improving patient outcomes.”

About Scottsdale Institute

The Scottsdale Institute (SI) is a not-for-profit membership organization of leading healthcare systems whose goal is to support its members on their journey to clinical integration, innovation, and transformation through information technology. SI facilitates knowledge sharing and collaboration among senior executives and 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 is a nationally recognized healthcare information technology consulting firm that is solving some of the toughest challenges in the industry by delivering strategic advisory, implementation and optimization services. Its comprehensive suite of patient access, clinical and revenue cycle services span the lifecycle of our clients’ needs. Its experienced team has a powerful combination of clinical, revenue, operations, consulting, and IT experience. The firm has earned a number of prestigious industry and workplace awards including Best in KLAS® for eight consecutive years, Healthcare Informatics HCI 100, Crain’s Chicago Business Fast Fifty, as well as “best place to work” awards from: Modern Healthcare, Consulting Magazine, Becker’s Hospital Review and Achievers. For more information about Impact Advisors, visit

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