CIO Geoff Brown:Policy Player
Geoff Brown started his 35-year I.T. career in banking, but changed course early on when his mother-in-law, a nurse, went into home hospice care with breast cancer. He was so impressed with the services she received that he became a hospice volunteer for several years. He saw how little the health care field was benefiting from I.T. capabilities that the financial world took for granted, and when an opportunity came to work with a hospital software vendor, he jumped at it. That job led to CIO positions at Georgia Baptist Medical Center (now Atlanta Medical Center), and Grady Health System. Since moving to INOVA, the capital area's largest health care system, Brown has led the organization from a low level of clinical computing to Stage 6 on the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Scale. It's aiming for Stage 7 with its recent Epic implementation, accomplished in 26 months with minimal disruption to business operations. Brown has been active in working with the Virginia state government to streamline how the state gathers data for various purposes, and to represent the HIT community during the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. For these efforts and many others, the College of Health Information Management Executives recently awarded him its fifth annual State Public Policy Award. At right, he talks about volunteering in the public policy arena.
All Health Data Management articles are archived after 7 days. REGISTER NOW for unlimited access to all recently archived articles, as well as thousands of searchable stories. Registered Members also gain access to exclusive industry white paper downloads, web seminars, podcasts, e-books, and conference discounts. Qualified members may also choose to receive our free monthly magazine and any of our e-newsletters covering the latest breaking news, opinions from industry leaders, developing trends and specialized topics like EHR's, revenue cycle management, health insurance exchanges, analytics, and more!