Becker's Health IT + Clinical Leadership 2018 Speaker Series: 3 questions with St. Joseph's Healthcare System Chief Medical Information Officer, David Adinaro, MD

David J. Adinaro, MD, serves as the Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of St. Joseph's University Medical Center, and as the Chief Medical Information Officer for St. Joseph's Healthcare System.

On May 10th and 11th, Dr. David Adinaro will present at Becker's Health IT + Clinical Leadership 2018. As part of an ongoing series, Becker's is talking to healthcare leaders who plan to speak at the conference, which will take place May 10-11th 2018 in Chicago.

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

Question: As a leader, what is the best investment you made in your own professional development in the past five years?

Dr. David J. Adinaro: While there are many things that have helped me develop, the closest one to an investment was higher education. I realized that if I wanted to grow beyond my comfort zone, [which was in] clinical medicine, I needed to go back to school. For me, that was getting a master's [degree] in healthcare systems engineering from Lehigh University. It led directly to my first hospital-level position as a chief medical informatics officer, which led to considerable growth and opportunity. 

Q: What change in reimbursement is your organization feeling most acutely and how is it affecting your 2-5-year strategic plan?

DJA: The stalling growth in revenue despite rising operational expenses — or revenue compression — occurred much more quickly than expected and has not entirely been the result of value-based purchasing that we expected. The challenge has forced us to focus on both revenue opportunities — like new programs, increasing [case-mix index] and decreasing losses from denials — and operational improvements, including renegotiating contracts for services and supplies, improving length of stay and value analysis strategies.

Q: Describe one of your best colleagues. What it is that person does/brings that makes them indispensable to your organization?

DJA: I work with so many great colleagues who possess similar characteristics that make them so valuable. First and foremost, they are collaborative and flexible. [They are also] able to find common ground across departments or divisions. They are not afraid to lead, [or] to have a perspective, advocate a position and make decisions. Finally, they are ""big picture"" people, [meaning they are] not focused only on the task at hand but how [that task] could impact the whole institution.

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