30 top chief innovation officers at healthcare organizations

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  • May 22 2018, 7:18am EDT

Chief innovation officers lead change in care delivery with technology

Healthcare organizations are increasingly incorporating technology into how they deliver care, and that’s changing perspectives into how to make care more efficient and involve patients in their care. Some leading organizations are hiring experts to incorporate technology in innovative ways to anticipate how best to change care. What follows are some of the top executives who have been named chief innovation officers, or to similar titles, within the country’s provider organizations.

Brian Barnes

Chief innovation officer

Healthcare organization: Tenet Health

Since April 2012, Barnes has been responsible for managing strategic technology programs at Tenet, a chain of hospital and other provider organizations. This includes responsibility for three application ecosystems—enterprise analytics, digital consumer engagement and colleague tools—containing 45 business services application platforms.

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David Bates, MD

Senior vice president and chief innovation officer

Healthcare organization: Brigham and Women’s Hospital

David Bates, MD, is an expert in patient safety, using information technology to improve care, cost-effectiveness and outcomes assessment in medical practice. He directs the Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and serves as external program lead for research in the World Health Organization’s Global Alliance for Patient Safety. He has led several industry organizations and wrote about healthcare information technology topics.

John Brownstein

Chief innovation officer

Healthcare organization: Boston Children’s Hospital

John Brownstein, PhD, was trained as an epidemiologist at Yale University. His research interests are in the development of methods and data sources in public health informatics, focusing on two major areas—first, the design, evaluation and implementation of public health surveillance systems, and secondly, statistical modeling of public health surveillance data to improve prevention and control activities. This research has focused on a variety of infectious disease systems. His research also includes the development of novel surveillance methods and informatics approaches for the post-marketing surveillance of therapeutics.

Jeffrey Carr

Chief innovation officer

Healthcare organization: Mercy Health

With experience in nurturing startups, Jeffrey Carr is responsible for fostering innovation throughout the system, reporting to the organization’s chief strategy officer. He has more than 18 years of technology, consulting and executive experience, which he is applying to develop strategic, innovative approaches to the organization, which serves Ohio and Kentucky. Before joining Mercy Health, Carr was the entrepreneur-In-residence at Cintrifuse, where he supported the growth and strategic efforts of the organization, which provides services in Cincinnati’s burgeoning start-up community.

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Anthony Chang, MD

Chief innovation officer

Healthcare organization: Children's Hospital of Orange County

Anthony Chang, MD, helped establish in 2013 the Sharon Disney Lund Medical Intelligence and Innovations Institute at CHOC, bringing together physicians, researchers and others, across multiple disciplines, to promote innovations in diagnoses and treatments for children. The initiative at CHOC also focuses on artificial intelligence in medicine, particularly exploring data mining and predictive analytics. Chang is currently working closely with a group of about 35 children’s hospitals located in the United States and Europe in an innovative coalition preliminarily being called the international Society for Pediatric Innovation, or iSPI.

Chris Coburn

Chief innovation officer

Healthcare organization: Partners HealthCare System

In addition to serving as the chief innovation officer for Partners HealthCare System, Coburn is also President of Partners HealthCare International. Boston-based Partners is the largest academic research enterprise in the United States with $12 billion in revenue, more than 1.5 million patients and over $1.6 billion in annual research expenditures.

Marco Costa, MD

Chief innovation officer

Healthcare organization: University Hospitals Health Systems

Marco Costa, MD, is developing a vision for creating an environment across the Cleveland-based system that enables physicians to innovate on a daily basis. He has a medical background in cardiology, and has served as president of the Harrington Heart and Vascular Institute at the organization.

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Mark Coticchia

Vice president, chief innovation officer

Healthcare organization: Henry Ford Health System

Mark Coticchia is vice president and chief innovation officer of the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, where he leads Henry Ford Innovations, a business unit dedicated to solving complex problems in healthcare and positioning Henry Ford to shape the rapidly changing future of medicine. He is responsible for leveraging the Henry Ford’s intellectual and clinical assets through new ventures, M&A, corporate partnerships, product development and technology commercialization.

Susan Dell’Osso

Chief innovation officer

Healthcare organization: INTEGRIS Health

Susan Dell'Osso has been managing director and chief innovation officer at INTEGRIS Health since May 2017. She also serves as a partner at Gravity Tank, an innovation consultancy, where she leads project development for the firm.

Peter Fleischut, MD

Senior vice president and chief transformation officer

Healthcare organization: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Peter Fleischut, MD, is senior vice president and chief transformation officer at NewYork-Presbyterian, where he leads enterprise integration, transformation for clinical operations, innovation initiatives, logistics and pharmacy. He oversees the implementation of clinical technology operations for the new David H. Koch Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. In a previous position, he led the development of NYP OnDemand, NewYork-Presbyterian’s comprehensive digital health program that offers a suite of services including Second Opinion, Urgent Care and Express Care.

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Tad Funahashi, MD

Chief innovation officer

Healthcare organization: Kaiser Permanente Southern California

Tad Funahashi, MD, serves as the chief innovation officer and assistant regional medical director for Kaiser Permanente Southern California. In addition to maintaining a busy clinical practice in orthopedic surgery, he has given more than 100 presentations across the country and internationally on digital innovation in medical care.

Erik Halvorsen

Director

Healthcare organization: Texas Medical Center Innovation Institute

In his role as Director of the TMC Innovation Institute, Erik Halvorsen keeps visionary new ideas moving through the TMCx accelerator, TMCx+ incubator and TMC Biodesign Fellowship Program. Before joining the Texas Medical Center in 2015, he served as senior executive director of Technology Transfer and Industry Collaborations at Tufts University, following seven years as executive director of the Technology & Innovation Development Office (TIDO) for Boston Children’s Hospital. In both positions, he was responsible for accelerating and translating research and innovations into new healthcare products.

Brian Holzer, MD

President, Kindred Innovations

Healthcare organization: Kindred Healthcare

Brian Holzer, MD, reports to Benjamin Breier, Kindred’s president and CEO, and works closely with William Altman, the chain’s executive vice president and chief strategy officer. Holzer is responsible for furthering Kindred’s portfolio of innovative post-acute care products and services on a national level. This includes Kindred’s continuum of care management, network development and product development initiatives. He joined Kindred from Highmark Health.

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Matthew Jenusaitis

Chief of innovation and transformation

Healthcare organization: UC San Diego Health System

Matthew Jenusaitis is responsible for the planning, design and implementation of strategic, clinical and new technology projects with UC San Diego Health. He oversees hospital affiliations with other health systems and leads the enterprisewide Project Management Office to enhance performance management by improving operational efficiencies and reducing costs across the system.

Rebecca Kaul

Vice president and chief innovation officer

Healthcare organization: University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

MD Anderson hired Kaul to develop the institution’s new Innovation Center. She is responsible for leading organizational strategy to accelerate research, improve patient care and find new revenue streams by harnessing institutional data and expertise. Kaul also collaborates with innovators within MD Anderson to develop strategies for commercializing new ideas and is working to establish relationships with startup companies and other industry partners. Previously, she was at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where she was chief innovation officer and president of UPMC’s Technology Development Center, now known as UPMC Enterprises. She created several joint ventures and spinoffs for UPMC.

Thomas Kruse

Chief strategy, integration and innovation officer

Healthcare organization: CHI Franciscan Health

Thomas Kruse has accountability for system-wide strategy and regional business development; strategic planning; marketing; communications and community relations; clinical and operational integration; and bringing innovation to care delivery and customer expectations. Before joining CHI Franciscan Health, Kruse was the executive vice president and chief strategy officer at Hackensack University Health Network and Medical Center, where he oversaw regional network strategy, growth and development.

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Jennifer Liebermann

Director, Garfield Innovation Center

Healthcare organization: Kaiser Permanente

Jennifer Liebermann has been involved with the Garfield Innovation Center since January 2005, when Kaiser Permanente leaders asked her to research how to create a “Unit of the Future” at Kaiser Permanente, enabling the organization to test how new technologies could impact its front-line staff. She led the cross-functional team to develop, fund and launch the innovation center, with a multidisciplinary focus that also includes testing Kaiser Permanente’s new facility designs.

Thomas M. Maddox, MD

Director, Health Systems Innovation Lab

Healthcare organization: BJC HealthCare/Washington University School of Medicine

Thomas Maddox, MD, is the inaugural director of the Health Systems Innovation Lab, a partnership between BJC HealthCare and Washington University School of Medicine. HSIL develops innovative ways to deliver care and improve the health of individuals and communities. Cross-disciplinary in nature, HSIL spurs the invention of health delivery solutions by bringing together clinicians, patients, informaticians, designers, researchers, public health experts and private industry. Maddox is a cardiologist and Professor of Medicine in the Washington University School of Medicine.

Jerry Mourey

Vice president, chief innovation officer

Healthcare organization: Southern Illinois Healthcare

Jerry Mourey is responsible for all information technology solutions across the health system. He believes that the optimal alignment of people, process and technology enhancements are required to best leverage information technology and be truly innovative. He works with all members of the SIH team to apply proven patient care workflow automation, seeking to achieve true health record usability and ubiquity.

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Karen Murphy

Executive vice president and chief innovation officer

Healthcare organization: Geisinger

Karen Murphy came to the healthcare organization from her role as Secretary of Health for the state of Pennsylvania. She leads the Steele Institute for Healthcare Innovation at Geisinger, beginning her duties in September 2017. Prior to becoming Secretary of Health, Murphy served as director of the State Innovation Models Initiative, a $900 million Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services investment designed to accelerate healthcare innovation across the United States.

Rubin Pillay

Chief innovation officer

Healthcare organization: University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System

Rubin Pillay is a medical futurist and Professor of Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Collat School of Business and the Assistant Dean for Global Health Innovation at the School of Medicine, at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He is a family physician and clinical pharmacologist. He has published widely in the field of strategic health leadership.

Roy Rosin

Chief innovation officer

Healthcare organization: Penn Medicine

Roy Rosin is the chief innovation officer at Penn Medicine, where he works with thought leaders from across the health system to turn ideas into measurable impact in the areas of health outcomes, patient experience, and new revenue streams. Previously, he served as the first vice president of innovation for Intuit, a leading software company best known for Quicken, QuickBooks and TurboTax.

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Rich Roth

Chief strategic innovation officer

Healthcare organization: Dignity Health

Rich Roth leads Dignity Health’s innovation efforts, which seek to create and test novel services, programs, partnerships and technologies, both from within and outside of healthcare. He seeks to implement initiatives that challenge the status quo and have the potential to reduce the cost of care, improve quality or increase access to services.

Rasu Shrestha, MD

Chief innovation officer

Healthcare organization: UPMC

Rasu Shrestha, MD, is trained as a radiologist and has been a key architect of an innovative unified approach to image viewing across 20 University of Pittsburgh Medical Center hospitals and 30 imaging centers. He also serves as the executive vice president of UPMC Enterprises, the innovation and commercialization arm of UPMC, and leads a team of more than 200 technology professionals. UPMC Enterprises funds incubators and leads efforts to commercialize technology products and services developed at UPMC. Shrestha says UPMC is looking for ways to commercialize its data governance best practices and information management models.

Mark Smith, MD

Chief innovation officer

Healthcare organization: MedStar Health

Mark Smith, MD, is also director of the MedStar Institute for Innovation. In this role, he leads a system-wide initiative to catalyze and foster innovation. Prior to his appointment, Smith served as chair of the department of emergency medicine at MedStar Washington Hospital Center for 14 years and as founding chair of MedStar Emergency Physicians. His interests include digital health, data science, complex systems theory, information visualization and catalyzing sustainable and self-organizing change.

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Lesley Solomon

Senior vice president for innovation and chief innovation officer

Healthcare Organization: Dana Farber Cancer Institute

Lesley Solomon had previously served as executive director of the Brigham Innovation Hub at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and director of strategy and innovation in the Brigham Research Institute. She is helping to develop strategies and collaborations that enhance research and patient care while also delivering financial results and competitive advantages.

Chris Waugh

Chief innovation officer

Healthcare organization: Sutter Health

Chris Waugh is Sutter Health’s first chief innovation officer. He’s using his experience to advance human-centered design, which relies more on creative approaches to problem solving, and less on conventional methods—to guide Sutter Health’s innovation strategy.

Jeff Williamson, MD

Director, Center for Healthcare Innovation

Healthcare organization: Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

In addition to his innovation role with the healthcare organization, Jeff Williamson, MD, is also chief and professor of geriatrics and gerontology, as well as the clinical director of its Sticht Center. He also leads the Clinical Research Core of the Wake Forest Claude Pepper Center where his work focuses on developing clinical trial research methods in older populations.

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Jean Wright, MD

Chief innovation officer

Healthcare organization: Atrium Health

Jean Wright, MD, is responsible for leading the advancement of innovation initiatives throughout Carolinas HealthCare System in Charlotte, N.C. Her focus is on working with teams to improve patient care and population health through human-centered design, business development and novel medical technologies. She practiced as a pediatric anesthesiologist and intensivist.

Richard Zane, MD

Chief innovation officer

Healthcare organization: UCHealth

Zane is focusing on further developing digital health services that improve patient access and assist providers in the community. He is working in areas such as e-urgent care; e-ICUs to assist community providers with remote consultations; health “kiosks,” or “micro-encounter spaces,” equipped with video screens and devices to measure and send patients’ health information to providers; and online, patient-directed scheduling of appointments.