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CEO IT winners announced

By Modern Healthcare
Posted: April 27, 2013 - 12:01 am ET

Modern Healthcare is pleased to announce its 2013 CEO IT Achievement Awards go to John Bluford, president and CEO of Truman Medical Centers in Kansas City, Mo., and Dr. Narendra Kini, president and CEO of Miami Children's Hospital.

The awards, co-sponsored by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, recognize healthcare CEOs who demonstrate leadership and a commitment to using IT to advance their organizations' goals. Bluford and Kini join the 26 CEOs who have earned this honor since its creation in 2003.

Information technology has become integral to the practice of modern medicine and will play a crucial role in achieving the objectives of creating the higher-quality, lower-cost healthcare system of the future. Successful implementation of IT within any organization requires a champion at the highest levels of leadership.

According to the judges, this year's recipients are stellar examples of executives who are leading the charge on healthcare IT. One judge lauded Kini's superlative patient-engagement strategy and advocacy efforts at the state level. Another cited his innovative approach to utilizing smartphone applications to improve patient care and business processes. Another noted the high level of financial support that Miami Children's Hospital gives to health IT.

Bluford also received a strong endorsement from the judges. One called him an exceptional leader who has used an aggressive IT strategy to transform Truman Medical Centers. “He is a national figure in the U.S. hospital industry and has utilized this national platform to support the advancement of IT utilization within the hospital industry,” one judge wrote. Another cited the high investment Truman makes in IT as a percentage of revenue and the organization's “very solid metrics and measurable results” from adoption of EHRs.

A five-judge panel consisting of three CEOs chosen by Modern Healthcare and two chief information officers chosen by HIMSS selected this year's honorees.

Modern Healthcare will profile this year's recipients in a special section that will appear in the June 3 magazine. The executives will be honored Sept. 18 in Washington during National Health IT Week.


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