The winners of the fifth annual Modern Healthcare CEO IT Achievement Award, co-sponsored by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, are true leaders and innovators. As a publication, Modern Healthcare is committed to reporting on the people, news, events, trends and innovations of healthcare IT. The CEO IT Achievement Award program is one element of that commitment.
The stories of this years recipients are the stories of values embraced, reinforced and lived every day. Alan Aviles, John Ferguson and Michael Murphy all choose to lead. They fully understand the power of IT when it comes to patient care and improving outcomes.
Public hospitals have never been easy places to work. Burdened by limited resources and public scrutiny, they often find it difficult to compete on staffing, services and technology. But these troubling realities have never stopped institutions such as New York City Health and Hospitals Corp., the citys safety net health system. And they certainly havent stopped Aviles. He made improving patient safety an organizational priority with the goal for the system to become one of the safest in the country. He knew that IT is a crucial and necessary tool. And so with Aviles leading the charge, the system has blazed a trail of IT innovation that rivals and surpasses the nations most successful private hospitals.
Ferguson of Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center is the essence of courage, vision and drive. He has been an evangelist for IT since the mid-90s. Never one to bow to trends or fads, Ferguson took a good look at what everyone else was doing, smiled and moved sharply in the opposite direction. Why buy medical practices, he asked, when you can invest in IT and change the world?
Sharp HealthCares Murphy doesnt just believe in the power of IT, he believes IT is his personal obligation. That mindset and his sense of values served as a guiding light for the decadelong IT transformation at Sharp. And so it was his consensus-building style, consideration and respect of personal differences that earned him the respect and support of executives at Sharp, including the board of directors, tech-savvy physicians and IT executives.
It takes strong leaders who have the vision and courage to take the necessary steps to transform healthcare. This years recipients are true leaders. They set the pacenot just through cut-and-dried expectations, but through their own shining example. In a field that thrives on quality improvement, they turn the relentless pursuit of perfection into a way of life.
We at Modern Healthcare applaud the courage, vision, innovation and unwavering commitment of this years three winners of the CEO IT Achievement Award.