Hospitals and health systems rely on CIOs and IT department leaders to develop a long-term technology strategy and oversee EMR (electronic medical record) implementation and support, telehealth, health information exchanges, cybersecurity and more. Those who lead a community hospital or health system’s IT department and functions face unique challenges in their efforts to connect with patients, physician offices and other care settings — often across broad geographies using limited resources.
The CIO professionals who were selected are set apart by the outstanding recognitions they’ve earned and exciting new projects they’re piloting. Many are members of the Health Information and Management Systems Society, and their workplaces earned spots on Hospitals & Health Network’s Health Care’s Most Wired list in 2017.
Jim Boyer, Vice President of IT and CIO of Rush Memorial Hospital heads the IT department’s efforts to improve patient care at Rush Memorial Hospital. He was instrumental in installing a new EMR, radiology information systems and image archiving communications system with the goal of improving interconnectivity. Hospitals & Health Networks named Rush Memorial Hospital among Health Care’s Most Wired in 2017 for the fifth consecutive year.
“Jim Boyer’s leadership and vision has played a vital role in the overall success of Rush Memorial’s IT strategy hospital-wide. Looking back on where Rush Memorial was technology-wise over ten-years ago, and comparing it today, the turnaround has been remarkable. Simply put, we would not be where we are today without Jim’s leadership, vision, work ethic and the passion to see RMH thrive,” said Brad Smith, President and CEO. “Jim has always treated Rush Memorial as his own. His forward thinking and dedication has allowed RMH to receive national recognition/awards for the advancement and the use of technology. Jim is such a valuable asset to our organization and the Top 100 recognition is well deserved,” Smith concluded.