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Today in health. It, I look at my week in review and the week ahead, my name is spell Russell. I'm a former CIO for a 16 hospital system. And create, or this week health, a set of channels dedicated to keeping health it staff current. And engaged. We want to thank our show sponsors who are investing in developing the next generation of health leaders.

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, 10 to 15 CIO is getting together. We actually have for those events, this fall. And, , they are coming together nicely. It really enjoy. The conversations that I have, what I do is I ended up having a. , 20 to 30 minute conversation with all the attendees prior and just talking to them about what's top of mind for them so that we can optimize the conversation.

At a couple of those. Conversations this week and it's, , it's interesting to me, I think one of the. Biggest takeaways for me is that during the pandemic, we all sort of came together and had the same. Issues. It didn't matter if you were an academic medical center. Or a community hospital during the pandemic, we all sort of focused on the same things.

For the better part of about 12 months. Coming out of the pandemic. If I can say that. What I'm seeing is a significant divergence in terms of strategies and the strategies are based on the market, you serve the type of health system. You. R a, the amount of competition you have in your market, where that competition is coming from.

The, , the payer mix. , just a whole host of things. Are sort of driving that. And so you're seeing strategies really diverge. , And also financial situations are. , not the, not the best right now, but even that is driving a divergence in strategies and approach to the market. So a very interesting conversations this past week with a CIO is just to hear how the strategies.

Are looking a little different. , in addition to that and had a bunch of great interviews. , interviewed. , Craig quiet tasky, who is a pharmacist who is now the CIO at Cedar Sinai. , one of only a handful of pharmacists who have taken on that role. In the industry and really great conversation with him had a couple of advisory calls and it's great to, , connect with my advisors and have them speak into this week health and the content that we're putting together in the.

Interviews that we're doing and the events that we're doing. So. , learned an awful lot there as well. Trying to think if there's anything else out ton of interviews. , yesterday. , talked to Helen Waters, chief operating officer at Meditech. I think the takeaway from that is, you know, Meditech's for real they're there, the class report has them as the number two overall.

EHR provider. And I think they're, they're the, you know, 50 year old insurgent upstart. In the industry, they rewrote their EHR from the ground up to be cloud-based. So they're one of the only cloud-based EHR out there. They have 50 years of history and they score really high on all marks. In fact, they're very close to epic in terms of the scores.

And they're significantly. , ahead of Cerner. So it's interesting. We continue to have this. This conversation like it's a two horse race where the, , there's no. , I don't know, competition for the incumbent. And we'll talk about that in a minute, because next week is UGM. , but, , that is not the case. It's worth taking a look at, Metatech and seeing what's going on. We had a webinar.

This past week. With a rubric. And what we talked about was we had the title of it was don't pay the ransom. And some people assume that we're going to talk about ransomware and we did to a certain extent, but what I did was I had architects. On the show instead of security professionals. And the reason I had architects is because we're architecting for resiliency and recovery.

And so we had the conversation because I did a poll earlier in the week. Saying, should we pay the ransom? Should the policy be to pay the ransom? And 75% of the people said, no. And then the obvious question is okay, if, if you're not going to pay the ransom, how do you make sure you don't have to pay the ransom? And the answer to that is architecture.

Good architecture around disaster recovery. Good architecture around resiliency of your systems. , good architecture around your security. Quite frankly, you got to control the blast radius and those kinds of things. So we talked to architects around that. That was a very interesting conversation. Really enjoyed.

The, , conversation with them. In fact, a week earlier, we did a, a webinar around cyber staffing skills, a skill shortage, and automation. , another great conversation, Jim Doggett. And, , on a, he, Santiago got together with me and we talked about how to staff out your, , your, , cybersecurity organization.

And that ended up being a really good. Conversation as well. , anyway, that's what, , that's my weekend review. I had so many conversations. My calendar's more filled with the color of an event than it is. A blank space. So awful lot of stuff going on. Great conversations going on this week. Next week, as I said, interesting week, we have UGM going on.

And, , I think. You know, UGM is a phenomenal, , meeting people will go learn from each other, hopefully share best practices. Take them back to your organization. Obviously it's very EHR. , centric. , conversations that will be had. And I look forward to doing some interviews with people. I'm not going to be at UGM, but I do interviews with people post UGM to hear what the, ,

Key. , discussions were and what people are walking away with. So we will grab some people and have those conversations. , and as I said, we are having. R a 2 29 event. , which is what we call our this week health event towards the end of the week. And the thing I love about that is the agenda really is centered around the people who are attending. So the CIO is, will be the agenda. The first day they share best practices, things that they are excited about that are going really well.

And so we will hear from a number of health systems as to what is really going well for them. And then the second day we coalesce and I will facilitate a conversation. Around the challenges that are going on. , within the industry, within their health systems and how they're addressing that. And so you end up with a really good dialogue that goes on between those CEO's as well.

So, , that's the weekend in, in review. And the week looking ahead, , I looked at the news quite frankly. It's a slow news week. , you will want to update your iPhone, your iPad, any of your apple devices, major security. , breach was found. I didn't think that was enough to do a whole show on, but thought it was important enough to mention here. So update your apple devices. Significant security breach was found and they are patching it today.

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