William Walders

Chief Information Officer at Health First

Health First

William Walders is the Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of Operations Support at Health First. Founded in 1995, Health First is Brevard County’s not-for-profit, community healthcare system. This $2B fully integrated delivery network (IDN) includes health insurance plans, hospitals, a multi-specialty medical group, and outpatient and wellness services. As a locally owned, not-for-profit organization, Health First is committed to investing in our community. In 2019, Health First provided more than $150 million in community support. To learn more about Health First and how we’re giving back to our community, please visit HFgivesback.org.

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Creating a Wholistic Health Experience with Digital Enablement

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Finding and Retaining Quality IT Staff and Leaders

We’re looking for things that stitch IT together. Digital enablement. How do we do that in the ambulatory and the acute space rather than being beholden to the Cerner’s, Epics and Allscripts of the world? Because that’s our biggest spend, right? I’d be hard pressed to know any CIO who doesn’t spend eight plus figures on their EHR provider.
In my mind the CIO is the CDO plus the network operations guy. If you extract the CDO element from it or the CIO, they’re no longer the fun, cool, glamorous techie. They’re just operations, right? You might just want an IT operator that says greenlight screen network is on and we’re safe. But I think that really great CIOs do both.

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