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VP And CIO Of Intermountain Healthcare
How long at current company? 6 years
Most important career influencer: My father. He was an early leader in the development of computers (ENIAC at MIT) and helped build Sperry, a major computer business. But his greatest influence on me was his leadership style of treating everyone with respect and leading through example.
Career accomplishment I'm most proud of: Shifting Intermountain Healthcare's information systems to a user-driven strategy (primarily a governance model change).
Decision I wish I could do over: Leaving Ernst & Young to help a startup business during the dot-com revolution. If you learn from your failures, then this gave me my Ph.D.
ON THE JOB
Size of IT team: 850 full-time employees
How I measure IT effectiveness: Completing projects in the time frames and budgets set (about 65% successful); meeting our service-level agreements; and completing our agreed-to goals for a year and coming in within the budget we agreed to meet.
The next big thing for my industry will be... agreeing to standards and implementing systems that support these standards, which will allow for significantly better communication, decision support, and better, less costly care.
The federal government's top tech priority should be ... standards. It should stay out of the rest.
Kids and tech careers: I wouldn't steer my kids toward a tech career. They should pursue their own passions.