Craig Richardville, senior vice president and chief information officer at Carolinas HealthCare System serving parts of North and South Carolina with more than 900 facilities, is the 2015 John E. Gall, Jr. CIO of the Year.

Gall was an electronic health records pioneer in the 1960s, building the first integrated medical information system at El Camino Hospital in California. The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society present the award annually and Richardville will be honored during the 2016 HIMSS Conference.

The health IT advancements that Richardville and his team have made at Carolinas Healthcare System are impressive. With a focus on patient engagement, nine hospitals and 254 ambulatory sites are at Stage 7—the highest level—of the HIMSS Analytics electronic health records adoption scale. Three hundred ICU beds are being remotely monitored and the delivery system also operates a health information exchange. And, the delivery system developed mobile apps to enable patients to share data with clinicians from nearly 50 devices.

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Further, Carolinas HealthCare is using an in-house data warehouse to divide its medical treatment population—consisting of millions of unique patients—into various segments, including disease, environmental and geographical categories. The aim is to analyze these segments, make predictions and reduce readmissions, hospitalizations and inappropriate emergency department use. More information on the Big Data population health management program is available here.

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