Mission: Improve the University of Kentucky & UK HealthCare
Vision: Build a world-class IT function to transform health care
An Enterprise-wide Initiative to Solidify the Future
As UK HealthCare has become increasingly reliant on data and information, we have made significant progress toward a lofty vision to build a world-class IT function to transform UK HealthCare.
In 2009, our IT Governance team developed some major goals, including implementation of technology for our new hospital pavilion; integration of a recently acquired community hospital; and achieving “meaningful use,” as defined in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and determining a solution for our ambulatory electronic medical record.
To begin, we restructured the IT leadership team. After recruiting nationally, we have established a strong team excited about the challenges ahead. This new leadership team worked to recruit and build a team with an updated, more contemporary IT skill set. Succession planning, development planning and mentoring programs are being established to ensure our team members are positioned for successful careers here at UK HealthCare.
Part of our transformation included creation of an “Improvement Journey,” which puts the patient at the center of our work.
Finally, we set out to create strong strategic alignment with our medical and business functions. We created this plan after interviewing our medical and business leaders. It is a summary of medical and business strategies we gathered during this process and identifies potential items to align with IT solutions. Our IT Governance team will use this input in the coming years to continue guiding IT as well as establish upcoming priorities and funding for our solutions and services.
As we work closely with our medical and business functions in the years ahead, we will build upon our strong momentum and live our vision. We are excited about the challenges we face and committed to keeping the patient at the center of our ambitions.