Mark D. Barner, 2015 Honoree

Senior vice president, CIO
Ascension Health
St. Louis
How have you incorporated social media into your work?
I am an active internal blogger across our broad IT organization. I have driven innovation leading to the development of mobile apps for our health ministries (hospitals). I use -- and encourage the use of -- our social learning platform, and I participated in our interactive wellness program. I also am active with Twitter and LinkedIn.
The most important tasks you've delegated this year:
First, identifying suppliers that Ascension would work with to expand our focus on wearables in healthcare. Second is work on data-use cases for analytics and real-world problem-solving. These were sizable tasks requiring a great deal of attention and detail work. I assigned this important task to our vice president of IT strategy and business development.
A recent great deal from a vendor:
Vendor renegotiations is an initiative in which we ask vendors to renegotiate existing IT contracts. We're two years in, and 88% of our top 100 vendors (in terms of annual spending) have completed this process and we have identified $50 million in total annual cost reductions.
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