The Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT for 2018—Vendor execs

HDM provides its list of the leading women in information technology among HIT companies.

2018's Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT—Vendor execs

For the third year, Health Data Management is recognizing 50 of the Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT. The awards are broken into three categories—CIOs/HIT executives at provider organizations, thought leaders and HIT vendor executives. The following is the list of executives at HIT vendor companies.

Previously, HDM published its list of thought leaders in the HIT industry as well as a list of the 25 CIOs and HIT executives who are the most powerful at provider organizations.

Lindy Benton

Title: CEO and President

Organization: Vyne

Years in HIT: 31

Previous Positions: CEO and President, MEA|NEA; COO, healthcare division, The Sage Group.

Significant Achievements: Benton is a speaker and activist working to mentor, support and help caregivers understand how to utilize available services to improve patient health.

Impact on HIT: At MEA|NEA, a company founded to exchange unstructured documentation for dental practices, Benton led efforts to expand the platform and apply the same technology to managing unstructured data for healthcare providers. The company was renamed Vyne in 2016 after acquiring The White Stone Group, a provider of secure healthcare communication management solutions.

Joanne Burns

Title: Chief Strategy Officer and SVP

Organization: Cerner

Years in HIT: 30

Previous Positions: CIO and VP, Executive Director, University of Missouri Healthcare and the Tiger Institute for Health Innovation; Various positions and VP, Product Development, Cerner.

Significant Achievements: Burns led the Tiger Institute from a HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Level 3 to a Level 7 within three years. Her team at Missouri Healthcare was honored with the Missouri Quality Award as well as a “Most Connected Hospital” by U.S. News and World Report.

Impact on HIT: Burns serves on the Management Board for SNOMED, the clinical decision committee for the First Hand Foundation.

Chris Chapman

Title: Vice President, TrakCare

Organization: InterSystems

Years in HIT: 30+

Previous Positions: Meditech, various positions; healthcare IT consultant.

Significant Achievements: Chapman sets the strategic agenda and course for InterSystem’s TrakCare EHR, which is sold outside the United States. In this position, she has worked in a variety of countries to implement clinical records systems.

Impact on HIT: Chapman got her start in healthcare IT in the 1970s and has held the titles of engineer, developer, manager and programmer. She also serves as an informal mentor to those in the engineering field, and has played a continued role as a teacher throughout her career.

Dee Emon

Title: Senior Vice President of Operations and Transformation

Organization: R1 RCM

Years in HIT: 13

Previous Positions: Vice President and CIO, Wake Forest Baptist Health; Corporate Chief Nurse Executive and Quality Officer, Cancer Treatment Centers of America; Chief Nursing Officer/Interim CEO, Vanguard Health Systems; Performance Improvement Executive, Tenet Healthcare.

Significant Achievements: Emon makes cybersecurity a priority in her work and brought expertise in quality and performance improvement to her role as CIO at Wake Forest Baptist Health. She’s a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and has served as a national examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Impact on HIT: Emon is a leader in the progression of nurses moving into IT.

Judy Faulkner

Title: CEO and Founder

Organization: Epic

Years in HIT: 40+

Previous Positions: Software developer.

Significant Achievements: Faulkner has expanded Epic without venture capital or going public. The company’s software was built in-house with no acquisitions. It is ranked by healthcare providers as the No. 1 overall healthcare software suite.

Impact on HIT: Faulkner founded Epic in 1979 as the original software developer, creating one of the first databases organized around a patient record and designed for clinical information. Epic is now a leading provider of integrated healthcare software, used by an increasing number of integrated delivery systems.

Nancy Ham

Title: CEO

Organization: WebPT

Years in HIT: 25

Previous Positions: CEO, Medicity; President and CEO, MedVentive; President, Sentillion; President and COO, ProxyMed; GM, Institutional and Connectivity Services, Healtheon/WebMD; SVP, Business Development, ActaMed.

Significant Achievements: In her position at WebPT, Ham has helped the company reach 10,000 clinics, guiding the company through several product rollouts.

Impact on HIT: Ham has held multiple leadership and C-level roles at various companies and has worked with some impressive teams to develop new and innovative systems for results reporting, eprescribing and performance analytics for providers.

Tina Joros

Title: Vice President and General Manager, Open Business Unit

Organization: Allscripts

Years in HIT: 15

Previous Positions: Eclipsys Systems (acquired by Allscripts), positions in Human Resources, Legal and Business Development.

Significant Achievements: Joros is responsible for managing Allscripts Developer Program, API connectivity with Allscripts solutions and driving the company’s interoperability strategy.

Impact on HIT: Joros has helped Allscripts—and the industry—move toward utilizing open platforms and interoperable solutions. Her efforts to build the Allscripts Developer Program—the first open API program of its kind for an electronic health records vendor—has led to many other EHR vendors creating their own versions of the program.

Lauren O’Donnell

Title: Global Vice President

Organization: IBM Watson Health Life Sciences Industry

Years in HIT: 35+

Previous Positions: Global General Manager,Life Sciences Industry, IBM; VP Healthcare and Life Sciences, IBM.

Significant Achievements: O’Donnell leads the transformation of patient safety, forging a collaboration with Celgene, a biopharmaceutical company. The companies aim to evolve patient safety from a reactive manual process into a proactive source of safety insight, enabling providers to give better care.

Impact on HIT: O’Donnell and her team are helping life sciences executives advance their capabilities by using IBM tools to support researchers and the patient populations that depend on them.

Lisa Pettigrew

Title: VP Global Chief Sales and Revenue Officer, Enterprise and Cloud Applications

Organization: DXC Technology

Years in HIT: 17

Previous Positions: CSC General Manager-Global Health; CSC National Director-Health Services Australia; Accenture Partner and Director, Asia Pacific.

Significant Achievements: Pettigrew’s team launched the core participant technologies platform for the national precision medicine initiative "All Of Us," and Pettigrew led the healthcare integration of recent acquisitions, including Tribridge in North America, which includes newly launched cloud-based population health and coordinated care solutions.

Impact on HIT: Pettigrew has driven a wide range of innovation into healthcare systems that are now moving to value-based care. She has focused on fostering commercial health models to improve patient care and health consumer experiences.

Helen Waters

Title: Executive Vice President

Organization: Meditech

Years in HIT: 27

Previous Positions: Various positions with Meditech.

Significant Achievements: Waters is leveraging her deep understanding of consumers’ needs and concerns to educate existing customers on products, capabilities, pathways and other corporate initiatives.

Impact on HIT: She is helping to make strategic decisions that affect Meditech’s future.

Billie Whitehurst

Title: SVP of extended care solutions and care operations

Organization: Change Healthcare

Years in HIT: 20+

Previous Positions: Various roles, McKesson.

Significant Achievements: In her current position, Whitehurst leads the group of Change Healthcare that develops clinical and agency management solutions for home health and hospice providers. In prior roles, she has led various business units and divisions in healthcare IT.

Impact on HIT: Whitehurst has worked to develop healthcare IT solutions that have improved patient outcomes, throughput and care transitions during her career. In her roles, she has led many types of clinical automations that have changed patient outcomes and nursing workflows.

Julie Yoo

Title: Chief Product Officer

Organization: Kyruus

Years in HIT: 8

Previous Positions: Co-founder, Kyruus.

Significant Achievements: She has developed products to solve patient access issues, as well as working on solutions that will help with patient-provider mismatches and poor patient experiences.

Impact on HIT: Yoo is seeking to develop solutions that aim to solve gaps in healthcare. Kyruus is extending this effort by working with large healthcare systems across the country, including Banner Health, Piecmont Healthcare, Partners HealthCare and Providence St. Joseph Health, among others.

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