Health information technology can play a key role in improving the quality of healthcare, and the 2012 winners of the CEO IT Achievement Awards competition are all strong advocates of leveraging technology to transform healthcare delivery. Simply implementing technology software and hardware is not enough. To bring about substantial and ongoing improvements in the quality of healthcare, technology must be an integral part of organizational strategy, accompanied by a strong implementation and change-management plan.
The 2012 winners of the CEO IT Achievement Awards are Dr. Steven Altschuler, CEO of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; Lynn Britton, president and CEO of Mercy in Chesterfield, Mo.; and Richard Miller, president and CEO of Virtua in Marlton, N.J. Each of these forward-thinking leaders has championed big changes, guiding their organizations to implement electronic health-record systems and advanced IT infrastructures with the ultimate goal of improving quality outcomes and patient care.