Even for the peripatetic, prolific and almost always wakeful and black-clad Dr. John Halamka, there are limits to what one person can do.
Halamka to leave Harvard Medical CIO post
Halamka, an emergency-medicine specialist who serves as chief information officer at both Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, as well as a member of several federal health information technology advisory panels, has announced he will step down from the Harvard CIO post when a successor can be found.
Halamka, who's known for sleeping not more than a few hours a night, made the announcement on his blog, "Life as a Healthcare CIO," in a 3 a.m. post.
"As I approach 50, I've become particularly introspective about the challenges in healthcare and medicine that lay ahead," Halamka said. The advent of accountable care organizations, patient-centered medical homes and other healthcare reforms "will create exponential growth in healthcare IT requirements" and place demands on his time at BIDMC, while as “the part time (50%) CIO of Harvard medical school” minding the tools and technology to support scientific research running on “petabytes of data maintained on high performance storage, backed by thousands of processors . . . will require increasing amounts of my time.”
"I believe that Harvard Medical School requires a full-time dedicated CIO with a skill set in highly scalable infrastructure and the tools needed to support emerging science," Halamka said. "Thus, I think it best that I pass the baton at HMS to a new IT leader. I will continue to serve the dean of HMS as an adviser on strategic projects, especially those which require cross-affiliate and clinical coordination." Halamka added that he will work to help find his replacement.
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