Without a governance structure, IT at many hospitals and healthcare systems is a haphazard endeavor that typically results in late, over-budget projects and, ultimately, disparate systems. IT Governance in Hospitals and Health Systems, the HIMSS Book of the Month for November, offers a practical "how to" in creating an IT governance process that ensures the IT projects supporting a hospital or health systems' strategy are completed on-time and on-budget.
Authors Roger Kropf, PhD, and Guy Scalzi, MBA, define and describe IT governance as it is currently practiced in leading healthcare organizations, providing step-by-step guidance of the process to readers can replicate these best practices at their own hospital or health system.
“The book defines IT governance and underscores its importance,” says Scalzi. “More importantly, it’s a pragmatic step-by-step guide to implementing IT governance at a hospital or health system. It shares the keys to successful IT governance and includes real-life examples from three case studies.”
The book provides an overview of what IT governance is and why it is important to healthcare organizations. In addition, the book examines keys to IT governance success, as well as common mistakes to avoid; governance processes, workflows and project management; and the important roles that staff, a board of directors and committees play. Special features in the book include case studies from hospitals and health systems that have successfully developed an effective IT governance structure for their organization.