For the eighth time, Ross Hurd, Chief Information Officer at Lake Chelan Community Hospital, was recognized as one of the nation’s Community Hospital CIOs to Know by Becker’s Healthcare. Hurd was one of 71 CIOs listed.
Hospitals and health systems rely on CIOs and IT department leaders to develop long-term technology strategy and oversee EMR implementation, as well as support telehealth, data-gathering and cybersecurity initiatives. Those who lead community hospital and health system IT departments encounter unique challenges in connecting staff members at many locations and providing access to care for rural Americans with limited resources.
The recognized professionals were set apart by outstanding recognition they’ve earned and exciting new projects they’re piloting. Hurd has served as LCCHC CIO since 2006. He oversees the implementation of new technologies and seeks out partnerships with larger hospitals in the state to expand service offerings. For example, the hospital’s telestroke program gives Lake Chelan clinicians real-time, 24/7 access to Seattle-based Swedish Medical Center’s stroke team.