Children’s Health Innovator William Long is Ready for the Change Ahead

William Long (Courtesy of: Children’s Health)

Earlier this month, D CEO held its Chief Information Officer/Chief Technology Officer Awards, recognizing the top tech business leaders in North Texas. Several of the nominees apply their innovative expertise to the healthcare field, and were kind enough to share their thoughts on everything from significant achievements to their toughest challenges.

William Long, Chief Information and Security Officer at Children’s Health, was one of our nominees for Innovator of the Year. Below are his responses to our Q and A ahead of the awards.

What has been your most significant professional achievement in the past year or so?

“I am most excited to see what our teams collectively achieved to improve the security of healthcare technology in our community. Leading by example, we helped nearly 100 clinics improve their technology security posture and helped our community as a whole be more secure. This delivered better security and inherently better patient safety to our community.”

What is the toughest challenge you’ve had to overcome in your career?

“Being someone that has struggled with dyslexia and ADD as a child and adult, I have had to develop ways to cope and overcome this daily challenge. There can actually be some positives from these that have taken me a long time to see. I have had to find and develop work tactics and technology solutions to help me overcome some of the challenges these conditions cause.”

What do you love most about what you do?

“Helping people has always been a passion of mine. Applying my skills in technology and security that result in helping our patients and families provides me lots of satisfaction for what I do every day.”

What has you most excited about the future?

“Change! I am always exited to see how we can change and adapt technology to meet business needs and solve business problems.  Regulation, the healthcare industry, and technology are constantly changing and I am always excited to see how we adapt and improve to meet the new challenges.”