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Has the HITECH Act Changed the CIO's Role?
Carrie Vaughan, Technology Editor

A lot has changed for CIOs since we conducted the 2009 HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey for Technology Leaders last fall—namely, the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009's $20 billion investment in healthcare IT. Now there is a spotlight on technology and its role in healthcare reform. Has that changed the role of CIOs in healthcare organizations? Are more CIOs involved in senior leadership than last year? These are just a few of the questions that we're striving to answer with the 2010 edition of the survey. [Read More]
October 27, 2009  
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What do healthcare IT leaders think?
The 2010 edition of the HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey for Technology Leaders is now open online at Included this year are new questions that seek your thoughts on the HIT stimulus package and healthcare reform efforts, among others. Plus, we build on key benchmark questions from last year, checking on your top priorities and your assessment of key tech initiatives. This comprehensive survey should take about 14 minutes to complete. Be sure to provide contact information and we'll enter your name in a drawing for a $1,000 gift card. [Take the Survey Now]

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