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CIO Leadership Series: Greg Smith, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

Glendale, Wis. - When it comes to health information technology, Greg Smith doesn't have to wonder what the "business side" of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare is thinking.

Smith, senior vice president and CIO of the faith-based healthcare system, has plenty of insights into the business side of the Wheaton shop.......

Full article >>> evel of competition, Wheaton would like to have fewer turnovers, and healthcare processes are complex enough to include multiple hand-offs. That's why Smith, who serves on the McKesson Provider Technologies' strategic advisory committee, views the health record project as part of a clinical excellence strategy, with IS playing a supporting role.

What we're doing is we are using the funda......

Full article >>> of the health records project include $70 million in revenue, cost reduction, and cost avoidance over the first five years. After that, there will be a gift that keeps on giving, a $22.2 million annual improvement in Wheaton's cost position.

Smith believes in building the business case for IT by creating a performance baseline and tracking performance against that baseline to deter......

Full article >>> ely exchange information, he said.

WHIE has decided to pursue a model that blends elements of a regional repository for certain data, and a federated system for other data. The decision is still somewhat fluid, and a proof-of-concept test must be completed, but the fundamental direction is based on the experience of other RHIOs ( By Joe Vanden Plas 03/20/07

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