The Standish Group is a US-based company that examines the why IT project fail across a variety of industries. One of the key success factors that Standish has consistently identified in its annual reports is “Executive Management Support”. I was reminded of this success factor when I came across a video of US President Barack Obama demonstrating how to use “HealthCare.gov”, a website that shows healthcare coverage options under the new US healthcare reform legislation.
President Obama has consistently shown his belief in the power of IT to improve a wide variety of government services, including healthcare. I contend that the high level of interest and investment in healthcare IT in the US is a direct result of the president’s support. Many of the presentations I have heard from high ranking US officials such as the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology refer to the president’s interest in and commitment to health IT. I cannot imagine a better example of “Executive Management Support”.