Chief information officers aren't running their healthcare organizations, but maybe they should.
So says Jamie Heywood, chairman and co-founder of the online healthcare social network site PatientsLikeMe and founder and former CEO of the ALS Therapy Development Institute, a Cambridge, Mass.-based not-for-profit biotechnology research organization.
“I think what I'm kind of saying—dangerously—you're kind of more qualified to run your hospitals than anyone with an M.D., because you understand information,” Heywood told an audience of hospital CIOs and other health IT professionals as the closing keynote speaker Friday at the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives' 2013 Fall CIO Forum.
Before anyone accuses Heywood of sucking up to his audience, his suggestion came after a long and blistering critique of the healthcare industry, one that he said is in desperate need of a top-to-bottom overhaul, with technology enabling change.
CIOs, though, are at least better equipped for what needs to be done.