From the CIO's Desk

  • January 3, 2020

    CUIMC IT recently conducted its Fall/Winter 2019 Town Hall. This event represented a celebration of achievements throughout 2019, as well as a discussion on what 2020 holds. In this video, Erik Pupo, CIO of CUIMC, and Kris Bhambhani, CIOO of CUIMC, lay out the vision, strategy and operational plans for CUIMC IT in 2020. We also had a discussion on gender diversity within IT, with a focus on improvements in diversity as part of our 2020 hiring trends.

    First slide of the CUIMC IT Town Hall Power Point
  • March 25, 2019

    I’ve learned that it is very important to make innovation a part of the day to day work inside an organization. I want to create an organization where we are involved in highly speculative areas of innovation. As such, I would like to formalize an initial Center for Health Care Innovation at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, led by our IT organization. I want a place to think about deploying self-developed apps, leveraging third-party cloud hosted functions, and embracing the internet of things. I want to bring in vendors and startups to discuss these ideas with us as well.

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  • March 16, 2019

    I consistently will stress the need for project management in everything IT does. We will not use a one size fits all approach to project management, but use a suite of tools and common principles that we apply as appropriate depending on the scope, risk, and complexity of the project. Here is what I expect from every IT activity we do going forward.

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  • February 19, 2019

    Communicating the IT strategic plan is one of the primary responsibilities of a CIO. Most importantly, the IT strategic plan should be seen as an enterprise-wide activity and not just an IT-centric exercise. IT should be an enabler for the strategy of the business and every IT tactic should tie back to a high priority of the business. At CUIMC, we are starting to build out our first ever strategic plan, and I ask you for your help and your thoughts.

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  • February 12, 2019

    There has been much talk about collaboration and why it’s important. To me, Slack and Teams represent two initial steps towards broader collaboration across the entire CUIMC community. I have noted that collaboration and the ability to work together virtually is a feature that many within CUIMC are clamoring for.

  • January 17, 2019

    I was recently asked to do an interview with the Columbia University Irving Medical Center Faculty Practice Organization (FPO) about my vision for IT at CUIMC and what is on my mind. I am sharing my responses with the entire CUIMC community as I feel this represents initial thoughts on where we need to go. The broader theme in this discussion is that I am here to help, to listen, and to learn from everyone within CUIMC. It’s one of the main reasons for starting a blog – to give the entire CUIMC community a chance to interact with me directly and to hear my thoughts on technology...

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