Meet our Member: Maggie Swietlik

CNIO/Administrative Director Clinical Informatics
Virginia Mason Medical Center, former HIMSS Innovation Committee Member

HIMSS: Please describe your current involvement with HIMSS and its benefits.
Swietlik: I recently completed a two-year appointment on the HIMSS Innovation Committee. During my tenure, I played an active role in the design and implementation of the Innovation Pathway Maturity Model, which is a tool to assess an organization’s readiness for innovation based on four primary factors: collaboration, organizational support, innovation process and funding. The tool can be used by organizations to self-assess their readiness for innovation within their organization. Users complete an assessment questionnaire that measures organizational readiness, as well as identifies areas of weakness that need to be reevaluated and improved.

The tool was introduced this year at the Innovation Symposium at HIMSS15 in Chicago, Ill., and was well received by symposium participants. Being part of the Innovation Committee was an amazing experience. The multidisciplinary team brought a variety of insight to the committee and worked diligently to promote innovation through podcasts, webinars and the development of the Innovation Pathway Maturity Model.

HIMSS:  Please describe how health IT impacts your roles as Chief Nursing Informatics Officer and Administrative Director.
Swietlik: The use of IT is pervasive in healthcare. Everything from documenting clinical care, trending patient data, predicting risk for hospital-associated infections, measuring clinical outcomes and projecting patient volumes and revenue rely heavily on health IT. As chief nursing informatics officer and administrative director for clinical informatics, it is my responsibility to ensure that our organizational goals are appropriately supported through the use of health IT. I have critical partnerships with leaders in IT, finance, nursing, pharmacy and medicine and leverage those relationships to prioritize the setup and build of our clinical systems so that we can produce meaningful data to inform clinical care.    

HIMSS:   What do you believe will be possible in healthcare with more innovation in the future?
Swietlik: The future of healthcare innovation is limitless.

I expect that in the next few years we will see an increase in personal, wearable technologies. In some ways, we are already there, but while consumers are rushing to buy technology, I think in the next few years we will see a dramatic upswing in the impact of these devices. Consumers will start to take more control of their healthcare, and the expectations for providers to accept patient reported data will be paramount. No longer waiting for their providers to drive and control their care, savvy consumers will shop for the best value and highest quality care. This demand will prompt an upswing in the technologies to support the intake and evaluation of patient data and “big data” will become the norm. Innovators, hospitals and healthcare providers will need to develop new ways of satisfying the growing demands of consumers to remain successful and profitable in this new technology age.