Health Care IT Checkup

Two health care CIOs weigh in on the challenge of striking the careful balance among data efficiency, portability and privacy

All CIOs are charged with aligning technological operations with business needs. In the health care industry, the stakes are about as high as they can get.

eWeek recently conducted a virtual roundtable discussion with two prominent CIOs in the health care field: George Conklin, CIO of Christus Health, and Rich Temple, CIO and vice president of IT at Saint Clare's Health System.

Conklin, who recently oversaw the deployment of server virtualization at Christus, is undergoing the project of integrating information from across the organization.

Temple implemented a computerized EMR (electronic medical records) system at Saint Clare's, deploying 17 different clinical solutions in four different hospitals. Temple also has been involved in bringing workflow automation technologies to the hospital.

eWeek Executive News Editor Michael Hickins posed several questions to the CIOs in a recently conducted e-mail exchange.