CIOs and CMIOs Speak Their Minds about the Supreme Court Decision

Scott Mace, July 3, 2012

This week, some voices of healthcare CIOs and CMIOs, speaking out about last week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:

Marc Probst, Chief Information Officer, Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, Utah

Bottom line is politically I don't like the ACA and the lack of financial responsibility which our country’s leaders have. In the end, the problem of "going broke" just continues to escalate. 

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However, that's politics. As for us at Intermountain, the outcome of the Supreme Court ruling doesn't change at all the strategy and efforts we are pursuing. The ability for the government to pay for health care continues to diminish, therefore if we are going to be in a position to provide the high quality of care we believe we should and do it at substantially lower costs, then we need to maintain our focus on our current efficiency and accountability efforts. 

As a CIO, there is a huge responsibility to focus on cost saving workflows, better access to data and systems, and of course on using data as a strategic asset for increasing quality and lowering costs. Luckily, that has been a focus at Intermountain for many years. We have a lot to do—but the path we are on is a good one. Regardless of what the politicians do, the problem is economic. We know what it will take to be successful in the future and we know we can succeed.


Scott Mace

Scott Mace is the former senior technology editor for HealthLeaders Media. He is now the senior editor, custom content at H3.Group.


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