Gartner: 6 priorities for healthcare CIOs

Gartner, a global research and advisory firm headquartered in Stamford, Conn., outlined six recommendations for healthcare CIOs to improve healthcare outcomes while cutting costs in a recent report.

"Digital transformation offers great opportunities for healthcare provider CIOs to shape a new future for their organization that must deliver more and better healthcare without any guarantee of corresponding increases in budget," Mike Jones, research director for healthcare at Gartner, said in the company's June 4 statement.

Here are six top priorities for healthcare CIOs to focus on, according to Gartner:

1. Collaborate with CFOs and CMOs to align IT capabilities

2. Implement systemwide architecture to support technology management

3. Establish key performance indicators to measure progress on digital transformation

4. Evaluate the value of existing technology investments to strengthen application portfolios

5. Develop new ways to assess the value of EHRs

6. Master "soft skills" in organizational politics, cohesion building, upward mentoring and visual storytelling to drive change more effectively

To access Gartner's list of recommendations, click here.

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