Strategic Informatics

A blog about the strategic application of technology

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2014 InfoWorld Enterprise Architecture Award

The InfoWorld/Forrester Enterprise Architecture Award, presented by InfoWorld, Forrester Research, and Penn State University Center for Enterprise Architecture recognize organizations whose practice of enterprise architecture has delivered substantial business benefit.   I’m pleased to announce that my team at Molina Healthcare was recognized this year for our re-organization efforts to make our department more business outcomes focused.

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The announcement can be found on the InfoWorld Website:
http://www.infoworld.com/article/2686202/enterprise-architecture/2014-enterprise-architecture-awards.html?page=6

Forrester Research VP and Practice Director, Alex Cullen stated:
http://blogs.forrester.com/alex_cullen/14-09-22-2014_enterprise_architecture_award_winners_wow

Molina’s EA team, headed by Cary Brown, Director of EA, responded with a strategy that simplified its own service offering, narrowed its focus, and fundamentally redefined how it needed to fit within the organization. As part of its re-chartering efforts, EA also reorganized services around two primary groupings of Enterprise Architecture offerings: strategic services (focused on future state planning, roadmapping, governance and standard setting) and tactical services (focused on new technology evaluation, solution design and facilitation).

Collectively these re-chartering efforts have resulted in a streamlined, partner approach. By partnering with stakeholders in each business area EA is now ensuring:

– Decisions made in one initiative benefit for the first time from an enterprise-wide perspective;
– The company no longer invests in “one-off” parochial technology solutions that favor a particular business unit or project;
– All initiatives, including ad-hoc IT efforts, have clearly stated objectives and end with a positive outcome or transparent decision be it a new capability or some new business function that improves quality or removal of barriers to healthcare services.

Of this submission, Eric Meredith, VP Architecture Governance at PNC Financial, said: “What was most intriguing was that they began by applying EA principles to the EA practice, i.e. applied EA principles to themselves to identify challenges in their own EA strategy. Brilliant and Gutsy. “

Source: http://blogs.forrester.com/alex_cullen/14-09-22-2014_enterprise_architecture_award_winners_wow

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Speaking Engagement at the Troux Worldwide Conference 2014

I’m honored to have been asked to speak at the Troux Worldwide Conference 2014 in Austin, TX.   I will be discussing the re-chartering and re-organization efforts  for our Enterprise Architecture division at Molina Healthcare.  Below is an overview from the Troux Website…

Molina Healthcare – Re-Chartering EA to Focus on Business Outcomes

Managing the demands of government funded healthcare is a certainly a big challenge.  Re-Chartering EA to deliver positive business outcomes in the midst of massive healthcare reform is an even bigger challenge.  This session will offer key insights and the approach Molina Healthcare has taken in reshaping Enterprise Architecture to tackle hurdles, such as defining how EA aligns with and supports the business, demonstrating the business benefits of an EA program, and how Molina uses Troux to improve the quality of information for decision making through the development of capability maps, standards, and customized roadmaps.
Cary Brown, Director, Enterprise Architecture, Molina Healthcare

The agenda can be found here:  http://www.troux.com/resources/events/conference2014/agenda.asp#

We have taken some very unique and innovative approaches to leveraging the Troux EPM tool at Molina.  I hope you can join us for what has historically been a very informative and educational conference.

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Presentation on Accountable Care Organizations at the San Antonio HIMSS Chapter September Lunch & Learn

 

I was given the opportunity to speak at our local HIMSS Chapter September Lunch & Learn session held at Dave & Busters.   The presentation was on “The Role of Accountable Care Organizations in the Evolution of Healthcare”.  In working with our chapters Program Director we thought a broad topic that encompassed many aspects of healthcare delivery would be a great way to kick-off our foundation series and serve to lay an educational foundation for our chapter members.

 We plan on offering this presentation and that of our other speakers on our website (www.sahimss.org) soon so stay tuned.  If you weren’t able to attend you can grab a copy of my presentation by clicking here.  I discussed a variety of topics specific to ACO’s including recent healthcare reform models, ACO formation,  care model and medical management capabilities and their impact on Healthcare IT (HIT).

It is clear to me our membership is interested in the impact of healthcare reform given the questions and interest after my presentation.  This is exactly the kind of dialog we wanted to create as our next several foundation series will focus on tertiary topics such as Health Information Exchanges, Medical Informatics.  Additional topics will include the EMR deployments & utilization in other countries, and military healthcare which San Antonio has a strong presence.

As always we love your feedback and I would encourage you to send us a message through the San Antonio HIMSS Chapter website (www.sahimss.org).  Don’t forget to register for a future event to secure your place.