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CIO Leadership Series: Deb Rislow, Gundersen Lutheran

La Crosse, Wis. - There are several reasons why Deb Rislow believes she has risen to her current position - CIO and director of information systems for Gundersen Lutheran - at the perfect time.

First, health information technology has never been a hotter topic as the federal government tries to drive faster deploy......

Full article >>> ication devices. Ten years ago, physicians had a pager and that was about it. Today, a doctor might have a pager, a cell phone, a personal digital assistant, and a computer with an IP phone. As a result, Gunderson is investing in converging these devices with IP telephony to allow for data sharing, e-mail, dictation, and paging on a single device.

A physician technically should be able to......

Full article >>> ot be possible.

Gunderson, which has tried to lower costs faster than competitors, was among the earliest adopters of EMRs, and the desktop PCs to view them in exam and hospital rooms.

Paper charts had a lot to do with the transition to EMRs. In a perfect world, when a patient was to be seen, the chart was to be pulled from a central storage room and brought to the doctor the day......

Full article >>> er fist with the utilization that came with it.

Since implementing the EMR, Gunderson has begun its migration to a wireless system, which is near completion. It started wireless service with Computers on Wheels in the nursing units, where workers tend to remain in their departments, but when it migrated to physicians, who often move from floor to floor with their PDAs, Gundersen's first w......

Full article >>> lementation, the title of CIO didn't exist, but that project helped convince the organization that its chief technologist should have a seat at the table.

In today's world, the CIO really can't be the technical person sitting in the back room, she said, but for the most part, for many years, that's what the CIO was.

What they lacked was the business acumen and the leadership acu......

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