David Chou

David Chou is vice president and chief information and digital officer at Children’s Mercy Kansas City. The only free-standing children's hospital between St. Louis and Denver, Children’s Mercy provides comprehensive care for patients from birth to age 21. It is consistently ranked among the leading children's hospitals in the U.S. and was the first hospital in Missouri or Kansas to earn the prestigious Magnet designation for excellence in patient care from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Prior to joining Children’s Mercy, David held the CIO position at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the only academic health science center in Mississippi. David also served as senior director of IT operations at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and as CIO at AHMC Healthcare in California. His work has been recognized by several publications, and he has been interviewed by a number of media outlets.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of David Chou and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications Inc. or its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

CIO also means 'chief influence officer'

Let's get ready for HIMSSanity

Let's get ready for HIMSSanity

Healthcare continues to experience an accelerated rate of complex change, and healthcare IT leaders are facing the challenges of transforming their organizations while keeping a steady operation in motion. What are you focusing on as...

No texting in healthcare!

No texting in healthcare!

The Joint Commission is clarifying its guidance on text messaging for providers, saying clinicians can use a HIPAA-compliant platform to send messages to each other but can’t text patient care orders. The intent to use computerized...

Flipping the pyramid

Flipping the pyramid

It's time for businesses adopt the inverted pyramid organizational model and put workers on top.

The lean journey in IT

The lean journey in IT

Every IT department needs to act and think like a business. That means doing things better, faster and cheaper. Lean is a methodology that every IT department can adopt to achieve that goal, but what's more important than the...

Winning strategies for MACRA and MIPS

Winning strategies for MACRA and MIPS

We have received the almost 2,400 pages of the final rule on MACRA. It's complicated, and now is the time to prepare.

Dispelling the biggest cloud IT myths

Dispelling the biggest cloud IT myths

Even though many companies are moving to the cloud, I still hear from cloud-resistant CIOs who are concerned about myths that are circulating about cloud computing. Some think that the cloud isn't safe, or that they can build better...

Are you taking the lead in the digital initiative?

Most organizations adopting processes and strategies for digital transformation, which can be a game-changer for every company. Digital strategy is on the mind of every CEO, but is there a plan for it? Most importantly, who is leading...

What can IoT do for healthcare?

What can IoT do for healthcare?

Healthcare is one of the industries that can take advantage of IoT technaologies, but we have not see too many organizations adopt it. Recently, I have received questions about use cases of IoT in healthcare, so here are a few use...

What is your pace as a change agent?

What is your pace as a change agent?

Are you a new leader that joined an organization and you have observe a lot of opportunities for improvement. The solution is in your head and you may have already identified a solution. But is your pace too fast as a leader?

What kind of CIO are you? Here are my top 4 tips

What kind of CIO are you? Here are my top 4 tips

As the role of the CIO has evolved, our management style and strategy must also change. Here are my top four tips for future CIOs, along with my reflections after completing my first 90 days in the CIO role at a new organization.

5 tips on negotiating a cloud agreement

5 tips on negotiating a cloud agreement

Are you negotiating a new cloud agreement? I get questions all the time on what must be included in a cloud service agreement. Here are five areas that CIOs must address when negotiating cloud deals.

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