A conversation with Halifax Health's CIO, Tom Stafford.
Having responsibility for every aspect of a health system’s IT infrastructure—from electronic medical records to voice technology—is a massive undertaking. Given this scope, patient flow technology is not always considered a top-tier priority for CIOs. Halifax Health’s CIO, Tom Stafford, was one of those people—until he attended TeleTracking’s 2017 Client Conference [TeleCon17] and learned about the integral role patient flow plays in overall operations and why it deserves top-tier attention.
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Q.Tell us a bit about your background, Tom.
A. I’m a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy, and have a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University as well as a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida. I joined Halifax Health more than 10 years ago after a decade working as an engineer and product developer in the medical device industry. I’m proud to be a part of an organization that, regardless of someone’s station in life, they can count on us to provide them with top-notch care. Every day when I walk up the ramp to the hospital I know someone on my team is doing something to improve healthcare a little bit more.
Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Halifax Health
Mr. Stafford joined Halifax Health more than 10 years ago, following 10 years as an engineer and product developer in the medical device industry. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Mr. Stafford holds a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida. He is also a certified Project Management Professional with more than 15 years of experience managing technically complex projects. Mr. Stafford is responsible for the financial, time, resource and quality management of the Information Technology department. He successfully accomplishes this by focusing IT on four core objectives: customer service, maintaining operational stability (100% uptime), enhancing the hospital’s operational and strategic initiatives, and safeguarding ePHI. Under Mr. Stafford’s leadership, Halifax Health has made the Best Places to Work in IT list by Computerworld magazine for three years in a row. In 2017, Mr. Stafford won a Computerworld Premier 100 Award for his exceptional technology leadership and innovative approaches to business challenges.
Caring for the community since 1928
East Central Florida’s largest healthcare provider with 678 licensed beds
500 physicians representing 46 medical specialties
Offering a continuum of healthcare services through a network of organizations including a tertiary hospital, a community hospital, psychiatric services, four cancer treatment centers, the area's largest hospice organization, and a preferred provider organization
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