I’m often asked if I miss working in a hospital. I spent 21 years as a hospital CIO and my job was more than just a job: it was part of my identity and a way of life. I love my new career – but yes, a part of me will always miss the hospital world, especially all the dedicated and compassionate people who are committed to the delivery of quality healthcare.
On the other hand, I don’t miss certain aspects of my hospital job, such as 2:00 a.m. phone calls advising me that a system is down. Then there are a number of smaller, yet annoying things that I’m happy are no longer part of my daily world – like overhead paging, beepers and sticky notes.