John D. Halamka
CIO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Most important career influencer: John Glaser, former CIO of Partners Healthcare, now CEO of Siemens Healthcare. He taught me how to use IT strategically to align the needs of the business with technology enablers.
On The Job
IT budget: $35 million operating, $10 million capital Size of IT team: 250 Top initiatives:
The next big thing for my industry will be ... mobility. We have more than 1,000 iPads using our Web-based applications today. Clinicians are mobile people and need to view results, enter orders, and communicate with team members at the bedside. Lesson learned from the recession: It's far better to focus on incremental forward progress than to focus on economic bad news. The federal government's top tech priority should be ... secure transport standards that empower care coordination, public health reporting, and population health management by enabling safe transmission of data.
Colleges/degrees: Stanford, BS/BA; University of California, San Francisco, MD; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MS; Harvard, MS Leisure activities: Hiking, climbing, kayaking Favorite president: Presidents can't be successful in office--they have infinite responsibility but limited authority--but Jimmy Carter is our best "post-president" based on his books and humanitarian actions If I weren't a CIO, I'd be ... an organic farmer in Vermont