A rare few CIOs make the jump to CEO of their companies. Even fewer jump to vendor CEO roles. John Glaser's doing just that.Glaser is taking his career's worth of knowledge as a healthcare IT leader to become CEO of Siemens Healthcare's Health Services Business Unit, to help it sell health IT products and services. After 15 years as CIO of Partners Healthcare, Glaser has seen it all in health IT, one of a group of pioneering IT leaders in healthcare around the Boston area. He's also seen the policy making side of healthcare, as an adviser for nearly a year to the U.S. National Health IT coordinator, Dr. David Blumenthal.
My colleague Marianne Kolbasuk McGee, who leads InformationWeek's healthcare IT coverage, has an interview with Glaser, who sketches out a huge challenge ahead:
Moving ahead, not only will healthcare organizations need to be mindful of their own data and systems, but the sharing of data among communities of healthcare providers--including competing organizations--through health information exchanges will bring new challenges. Those include new concerns about whether the systems at those other entities that are part of the exchanges are up and running, reliable and secure, he said.
"What's coming is a co-dependency on systems," he said.
As for the laggard healthcare providers who still haven't started their meaningful use preparation, "procrastinate in peril," Glaser warns.
Glaser says he'll miss the interaction with clinicians and patients:
"There's always a member of the staff to provide feedback," and that's invaluable to a CIO, "even when it stings," he said.
As a CEO whose job will be to help healthcare providers navigate the future of IT, with its coming tangle of government requirements and technical challenges, I don't think Glaser will lack for feedback.