STEPS to Value Podcast

Episode #25: The Value of Listening: Pastoral Care & The Role of HIT


Ever since our earliest days, there has been a connection between the calling to heal the body and the calling to heal the spirit.  Ancient texts speak of this connection.   Buddha says “Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.”   Proverbs 17:22 states “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” That ancient connection between medical care and spiritual care is still present today. One third of patients in a 2003 study wanted to be asked about their religious beliefs during a routine office visit. Two thirds felt that physicians should be aware of their religious or spiritual beliefs.  As the digitization of healthcare transforms care & business models, how will it impact the processes of delivering spiritual care as well?

Welcome to STEPS to Value, a podcast that explores the intersection of people, processes & technology in healthcare as the industry moves towards a value-focused model.  In this episode, we are going to look at a component of patient engagement rarely discussed, exploring the role of health information technology in the pastoral care patients and clinicians receive with Judi Painter, health IT industry veteran, long-time HIMSS volunteer, and recently ordained hospital chaplain. 

This Episode’s Guests:

Judi Painter, MBA, HMSA
ExecuSearch Project Manager, VANTAGE

Ethicon, Inc.
Interfaith Minister & Community Chaplain

Learn more about Judi


Pam Jodock
Senior Director, Health Business Solutions
Follow Pat on Twitter: @pjodockhimss
Learn More about HIMSS’ Alternative Payment Model Taskforce

Learn more about Pam


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This Episode’s STEPS Categories:

Value Suite - Satisfaction
Value Suite - Patient Engagement

This Episode’s Audience Ask:

So what impact do you think health IT has on the delivery of pastoral care to patients and providers?  Send us your thoughts as a voice memo or email and we will play them on the air at the end of our next episode.   You can send your comments to