Thomas Barnett, vice president of health information technology at NorthShore University Health System in Evanston, Ill., soon will move to University of Rochester (NY) Medical Center to become its new chief information officer, effective October 10.

Through his tenure at NorthShore and previously at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Barnett oversaw implementations of the Epic electronic health records system, and now he will do the same for URMC.

“Never before has technology had such a pivotal role to play in the transformation of healthcare,” URMC Chief Financial Officer David Kirshner said in a statement. “Tom is the right person, with the right set of experiences, at the right time for our institution.”

Implementation of Epic at URMC will support the organization’s transition to population health management, according to Michael Rotondo, MD, CEO at UR Medical Faculty Group, with 900 specialty and primary group providers throughout 19 clinical departments.

Before moving into the healthcare arena, Barnett served as a program director at Affiliated Computer Services, adjunct faculty at Walsh College, senior consultant at Lockheed Martin and in consultant roles at Management Technologies Inc., Great Lakes Technologies Group, and Electronic Data Systems, dating back to 1994.

Barnett was not available for comment on his new position and responsibilities.

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