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The Technology Lifecycle and Knowing When to Partner

The technology rollout lifecycle is getting faster and faster.  In the past, many of the healthcare IT purchases we made would cost tens of millions of dollars, take years, and be used for decades.  Later we started replacing desktop computers on an average of every four to five years.  Now we’re replacing mobile devices on average every two years.  Plus, with all the government deadlines we need them implemented in a timely manner.  Understanding when and how to replace the various technologies we deploy is an incredibly important task for every hospital organization.

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Critical Issues In Managing Point of Care Devices

Today, healthcare CIOs must support a wider array of point of care devices than ever before, including intelligent mobile workstations, WOWs (Workstations on Wheels), wall-mounted screens, thin-client devices and a wide array of devices brought by their clinicians, including the iPad, healthcare-specific tablets and smartphones.

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Outlook HiMSS 2012

HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 51 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. HIMSS represents more than 44,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations.

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Welcome to the first in a 7-part series we’ll publish this year on important topics for healthcare CIOs. The Metro Healthcare team will share our perspectives on deploying and managing the ever-growing array of point-of-care technology that is transforming care at the bedside. I hope you will join the conversation.

Let’s kick off the series by considering three key issues related to service:

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