2017 most powerful women in healthcare IT: Thought leaders
Organization: Ernst & Young (EY)
Years in HIT: 14+
Previous Positions: Vice President, Clinical Advisory Services Divurgent; Vice President, Integrated Care Delivery and Chief Nursing Officer, Caradigm; Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, GE Healthcare; Senior Consulting Executive, Cerner; CEO, Springs Center for Women Hospital; Vice President Clinical Operations and Chief Nursing Officer, Centura Health/Penrose St. Francis Health System.
Significant Achievements: Alexander is working to advance the profession and voice of nursing at board levels and other thought leader tables, influencing public policy through advocacy. She is seeking to promote progressive careers in healthcare administration to include CEO and CNO positions. Alexander is successfully leading transformative change of EHR implementations achieving widespread adoption. She is providing influence in transforming healthcare to achieve the goals of the National Quality Strategy and the drive toward Value-based care.
Impact on HIT: Alexander continually builds bridges and leverages professional connections to impact policy and improve quality outcomes and patient safety. She has been a consistent voice advocating for patient and consumer engagement.
She has worked for decades to shape and influence public policy and expand the use of HIT, including electronic health records (EHRs), telehealth and other technology innovations, and encourage the sharing of data by eliminating existing barriers. Dana is the immediate past chair of the board of directors for HIMSS North America. In that role, she is focused on interoperability and usability to support population health, analytics and value-based care.
Over her career, Dana has been an invited committee or workgroup member for both the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for HIT. She has also been a voting member of the National Quality Forum committees, which endorse measures for CMS quality reporting programs.
She opened doors with Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform (TIGER) initiative, and has participated in national panels on how nursing informatics leaders can partner with CNOs and other C-suite members to improve patient care delivery. Additionally, as a founding member of TIGER, she co-chaired the Leadership Collaborative to address challenges of integrating technology an informatics into practice and educational settings
Alexander most recently participated in the HIMSS Women in HIT Roundtable that created a platform for discussion on how to better empower women in health IT through recognition, resources and access. She also provides mentoring and coaching on both a formal and informal basis. She has a strong belief that we must each take individual responsibility to guide, coach and mentor. She has participated in the HIMSS eMentoring program and served in a mentor role for the Emerging Leader program with the Alliance of Nursing Informatics. She was awarded the HIMSS/ANI 2017 Nursing Informatics Leadership award.