Chuck Christian, CIO, Good Samaritan Hospital, Chapter 1

 

Chuck Christian, the longtime CIO at Good Samaritan Hospital, believes that health information exchanges have been getting a bad rap. Christian has been involved in HIE work for more than a decade — long before Meaningful Use was even on the radar, and he wants CIOs to realize that getting connected with data exchange can yield benefits that go beyond just qualifying for funds. In this interview, Christian talks about the state of HIE in Indiana, how his organization is leveraging HIEs to improve patient care, and the optimal role for CIOs when it comes to HIE initiatives. He also discusses negotiation points, the importance of knowing the costs involved, and why he thinks the industry is just beginning to scratch the surface on how information can be most effectively used.

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