"Horsepower was a wonderful thing when only horses had it."—Unknown
I remember the first time I heard someone use Thomas Paine’s quote "Lead, follow or get out of the way." It was back in the mid-'70s when I was a high school quarterback, when one of my coaches rather directly introduced me to this new way of conducting myself both on and off the field.
These words of wisdom have served me well not only in the workplace but throughout life. But there are times when choosing from these three options can be difficult and full of risk, given unexpected or unprecedented "environmental" changes. As chief information officers and healthcare IT leaders, such a situation is now upon us, one in which our actions and behaviors will ultimately brand us as innovative leaders or endangered observers.
The amount and pace of change occurring within our industry, our respective organizations and the world of technology overall is staggering. With regard to IT, things have now reached the level of “integral and strategic” to our very success and survival, regardless of our respective organization’s role in the healthcare continuum.
However, much different than in years past, the features, functions, and more importantly, availability and cost of IT solutions have far surpassed their traditional boundaries and possibilities.
The advent of the cloud is changing everything, including how systems and technology are selected, purchased, funded and used, as well as how they are maintained and supported. Historically, organizations and individuals simply “did without” when the IT folks or legacy vendors couldn’t make something happen or when an initiative couldn’t be funded or prioritized for delivery. Now, our organization colleagues have other options in order to pursue their information and technology needs as well as to independently innovate.