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CIO Quick Takes: What's your strategic focus?

Dan Muse | March 13, 2017
What are the top priorities for CIOs and other IT leaders for the new year? Thirty weigh in and share their strategic plans.

Kristin Darby, CIO, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Technology Solution Center
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Credit: Cancer Treatment Centers of America

This year’s IT focus at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) is on enabling the organizational strategy, which will reflect our critical IT, business and clinical alignment. Due to robust changes in the healthcare environment, the overall design of systems and the organizational approach to data capture must evolve to enable the organization to best express the value we deliver to patients. We will comprehensively re-design our technology portfolio, including the EHR and ERP, to ensure the solutions being implemented will drive enterprise process optimization and maximize the value the technology is enabling through automation, process efficiency and insight-driven analytics. 

In the area of cancer, the convergence of genomic advancements, clinical research and technology is emerging as a rapid way to create real life impact for patients whose future could be measured in days or weeks. The commitment of CTCA to provide all appropriate and available options to patients requires that we continue to transform our technology platform around the quickly evolving areas of precision medicine. A solid technology

Matt Ode, CIO/senior vice president, Thrifty White Pharmacy
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Thrifty White Pharmacy

Thrifty White continues to lead the pharmacy industry as evidenced by being named 2016 Drug Store News Pharmacy Innovator of the Year.  2017 promises to be another busy year as we continue to grow our Specialty Pharmacy business segment as well as our Long-Term Care, Retail, and Affiliated Pharmacy programs. 

What does this mean from an IT Standpoint?

It means providing all the different business segments real-time data and applications (both internal and external) to make the most accurate and up-to-date business decisions for our employee owners (Thrifty White is 100 percent owned by our employees).  Also, being laser focused as an executive team by selecting the most valuable projects from an ROI standpoint independent of what area of the company they are being requested from. 

For 2017, this includes further automation and streamlining of current central site dispensing facilities as well as additional workflow efficiencies for our stores to spend more time directly with our patients.  Lastly, continuing to evaluate, implement, and enhance more effective social, analytical, mobile, digital, and cloud solutions to grow our business.  In the background of all of this success but crucial to note is all of the infrastructure and security related items taking place that can never be overlooked.

Melanie Kalmar, vice president & CIO, Dow Chemical
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Credit: Dow Chemical

This is a transformational time at Dow as we grow our digital capabilities to become even more agile, innovative and responsive to the needs of our people, our customers and the industry. My team is focused on driving IT changes that help create value and fuel market-driven thinking by improving decision making and productivity for everyone and efficient growth for the company and our customers. We’re in the best position to do that, given we interact with every Dow employee and department around the globe. 


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