Stories by John D. Halamka

Crafting a social media policy

What do healthcare providers need to think about as they formulate social networking policies? (Insider; registration required)

Written by John D. Halamka10 Oct. 12 17:55

The CIO vs. the sales end run

In my 15 years as a CIO, I've experienced a gamut of questionable sales techniques. Some favorites, so to speak, include the "end-of-quarter deal never to be repeated," which is then repeated at the end of the next quarter; the promise that "we're your partner and you always get our best price," which you suspect is being made to all of the company's hundreds of other customers; and the selling of products that don't yet exist.

Written by John D. Halamka19 June 12 19:30

Work-induced attention deficit disorder

When you're in meetings or on phone calls, are you focused in the moment, or are you distracted by emails, text messages or social networking traffic?

Written by John D. Halamka14 Feb. 12 04:21

The New Metrics for CIO Success

When I began my career as a CIO in 1997, success was defined by the basics: email delivery, network connectivity and application functionality. I personally wrote code, experimented with new operating systems and created novel analytics.

Written by John D. Halamka21 Nov. 11 22:10

Good consultants, bad consultants

In 1998 when I became CIO of CareGroup, there were numerous consultants serving in operational roles both there and at its Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. My first task was to build a strong internal management team, eliminate our dependency on consultants, and balance our use of built and bought applications. Twelve years later, I have gained significant perspective on consulting organizations -- large and small, strategic and tactical, mainstream and niche.

Written by John D. Halamka14 Jan. 11 07:46

The 10 Secrets of Bad CIOs

In my decade as a CIO, I've seen a lot of turnover in the IT industry. Each time I hear about a CIO being fired, I ask around to learn the root cause. Here's my list of the top 10 ways to be a bad CIO.

Written by John D. Halamka25 March 08 11:09