Top Challenges Facing Healthcare CIOs

Few industries face as many IT challenges as healthcare, where government mandates, security requirements and a need to replace outdated technology make a CIO's job difficult.
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Each vertical market presents its own challenges to CIOs, but few offer as many obstacles as the healthcare industry. They must balance stringent security and privacy regulations with a pressing need to improve IT infrastructure and a mandate to implement electronic health record (EHR) software—all amid the political firestorm of healthcare reform, increasing pressure to cut costs, general reluctance among health care professionals to trust technology and a shortage of IT talent in the industry. The 12 issues presented here all come with their own challenges and stakeholders, while the consequences for failing to address them vary tremendously.

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