Area CIOs Gather to Discuss Challenges in Healthcare IT

Chief Information Officer John Gohsman participated in a CIO forum for the Midwest Gateway Chapter (MGC) of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) on Jan. 25, 2018. The event was part of an annual ‘C-suite Forum’ series hosted by MGC to facilitate a conversation between chapter members and IT leaders working in healthcare. HIMSS MGC President Scott Rich says, “We host the event to provide our members and student members the opportunity to hear from healthcare leaders on current trends, to hear about their day-to-day challenges, and to provide a glimpse into the future of healthcare IT.”

This year’s forum was focused specifically on the role of CIOs in healthcare organizations, with panelists from Mercy Technology Services, SSM Health, and Saint Louis University sharing the stage with Gohsman. According to Rich, volume of documentation, intense focus on security and HIPAA regulations, ease of access to systems and patient data for physicians/clinicians, partnerships with hospitals/students, and optimizing workflows to improve clinical care are common challenges for IT leaders working in healthcare.

Rich noted, “John (Gohsman) was very engaging and communicated some of the service improvements at WashU including the research network, centralized storage, high performance computing, and clinical data core. He also spoke about the evolution of the data scientist and the growth in data analytics. I received many favorable comments from our membership about the event and, in particular, about John’s thoughts and ideas.”

If you are interested in learning more about the HIMSS Midwest Gateway Chapter, contact Scott Rich or visit the HIMSS Midwest Gateway chapter website.