Scott Blanchette, 2012 Honoree

Senior vice president and CIO
Vanguard Health Systems Inc.
How have you incorporated social media into your own work?
We're heavy adopters of multimedia communications products, and we're driving social business software in new and unexpected ways. Both are designed to drive real-time communications and collaboration, but the potential for both to solve real-world clinical problems is extremely promising.
Career highlight:
I spent 10 years in the military, seven of those in special operations, and another eight years advising the White House on critical infrastructure protection. Not your normal CIO track.
How do you evaluate emerging technologies?
We have a few dozen doctors who are statistically genius, but more practically, they really like gadgets. I give them access to almost anything promising, and they love trying new technologies that promise to solve old problems. It's not only intellectually stimulating, it's solving real-world problems, and they make it really fun to be part of such a noble cause.
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