Becker's 10th Annual Meeting Speaker Series: 3 Questions with Jim Mormann, Chief Information Officer for OSF HealthCare

Jim Mormann serves as Chief Information Officer for OSF HealthCare.

On April 2nd, Jim will speak at Becker's Hospital Review 10th Annual Meeting. As part of an ongoing series, Becker's is talking to healthcare leaders who plan to speak at the conference, which will take place April 1-4, 2019 in Chicago.

To learn more about the conference and Jim's session, click here.

Question: What do innovators/entrepreneurs from outside health care need to better understand about hospital and health system leaders?

Jim Mormann: Most innovators/entrepreneurs underestimate the level of complexity that is involved in health care delivery. Health care leaders value them and want to partner with them, not just for the good of current patients but for the health and wellbeing of entire communities. Health care leaders have a wide cadre of expertise and backgrounds that are assembled to provide oversite of the systems and ensuring effective quality care and safety occurs. Many solutions developed by startups do not always consider these specific areas and lack effective protection. When we come together and embrace diverse backgrounds and perspectives, we’re more likely to learn from others’ experiences and apply it toward solutions that hold value for us all.

Q: What one strategic initiative will demand the most of your time and energy in 2019?

JM: We’re really pleased to have recently announced a partnership with CORE Construction to create a joint venture that will help achieve new efficiencies in terms of health care facility design and construction. The new joint venture is expected to launch in May of 2019, and will help better control costs while ensuring consistent adherence to quality standards. It will also provide greater speed and value to our projects, which ultimately impacts the health of communities we serve.  

Q: Healthcare takes a lot of heat for not innovating quickly. What's your take on this?

JM: I think this statement is used too generally to lump all of health care together. There are certain areas where this is true, there are many where it is not. One must also consider health care does not operate on financial margins like many business organizations, and are required to maintain heavily regulated building infrastructure that consumes large portions of working capital. We have actually had several successes in getting to operational efficiency quickly, across our Ministry. One recent example – where we deployed more than 2,000 devices in a matter of hours without disrupting patient care – will be shared in detail as part of the Becker’s Hospital Review 10th Annual Meeting. Beyond that, I would say our work in transforming rural health care, digital transformation initiatives, expansion of virtual care, and prioritization of innovation at the system level are really increasing our ability to design the future today.

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