Slideshow 30 leading CMIO experts, Part 1

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  • June 29 2016, 6:40am EDT
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30 leading CMIO experts in healthcare, Part 1

Chief medical information officers have risen in importance at healthcare organizations over the last five years, as efforts to implement electronic health records have intensified. Now, with EHRs in place, these CMIOs continue to advance the cause of digital medicine as population health management and value-based care become important new frontiers for providers. In this list, we highlight the first 15 of 30 of the leading voices in the CMIO community, recognizing them for their current and past influence to mold the field.

William Bria, MD, CMIO, VisualDX

Bria has filled several CMIO roles over the years, but he is best known for his long-standing role as board chair of the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems. Bria has long been a leading spokesman for the role of chief medical information officers in healthcare.

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Marc Chasin, MD, VP/CIO/CMIO, St. Luke’s Health System

Chasin has long been a well-recognized expert in the healthcare IT field and has been in IT leadership at St. Luke’s for about four years. He is a prolific user of Twitter and has almost 17,000 followers.



Andrew Gettinger, MD, CMIO, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Gettinger is ONC’s chief medical information officer and executive director of the Office of Clinical Quality and Safety. He’s been in the position for two years now; before that, he had nearly a 20-year run as CMIO at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Peter Greene, MD, CMIO, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Greene is chief medical information officer for Johns Hopkins Medicine and associate dean for emerging technologies at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He helps JHM with strategic planning and implementation of enterprise-wide technology projects that impact clinical care. He has enterprise-wide leadership roles at Johns Hopkins in the deployment of a unified electronic health record using Epic and oversees the organization’s Data Trust initiative to support data governance and analytics.

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C. William Hanson III, MD, CMIO/Vice President, University of Pennsylvania Health System

In addition to his CMIO role at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Hanson is also a professor of anesthesiology, surgery and internal medicine, as well as professor of computer and information science in the school of engineering and applied science at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Michael Hodgkins, MD, CMIO, American Medical Association

Hodgkins, MD, is trained in internal medicine, and as a technologist, he had spent 25 years working in healthcare information technology, much of it with startups focused on information sharing. Now, as CMIO for the AMA the past six years, he is deeply involved in health information technology (HIT) initiatives to ensure that physicians’ needs are met.

Stanley Huff, MD, CMIO, Intermountain Healthcare

In addition to his CMIO role at Intermountain, Huff is a professor in biomedical informatics at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City. He is a leading voice in interoperability, serving in several organizations and on federal panels on HIT.

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Michael Hunt, MD, CEO/CMIO, St. Vincent’s Health Partners

Hunt is the CEO and president, and chief population health officer, at St. Vincent’s Health Partners Inc., a Bridgeport, Conn.-based physician-hospital organization with more than 275 local primary care and specialist physicians. He’s also filling the CMIO role there and is considered to be a thought leader in the industry.

David Kaelber, MD, Chief medical informatics officer, MetroHealth

Kaelber has filled the CMIO role at MetroHealth, the first public health system in the country to install an Epic electronic health record; it went live with the system in 1999 and was fully deployed enterprise-wide in 2009 throughout all ambulatory clinics, inpatient areas, and the ED. Most recently, the system was named a 2015 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award recipient. Kaelber has helped with the implementation of seven different EHR-enabled interventions that have led to improved outcomes.

Joe Kimura, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Atrius Health

Kimura has filled a number of IT and analytics leadership positions within Atrius; he has dual board certification in internal medicine and clinical informatics. He is co-chair of the ONC Health IT Policy Workgroup on Advanced Health Models and Meaningful Use.

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Donald Levick, MD, CMIO, Lehigh Valley Health Network

Levick is a practicing pediatrician at Lehigh Valley Health Network. He has worked in clinical informatics since 2000 and has worked on many HIT projects, serving as one of the executive clinical leaders for the implementation of Epic, the system’s integrated electronic health record.

Charles Macias, MD, Chief Clinical Systems Integration Officer, Texas Children’s Hospital

Utilizing near real-time visualization platforms to view daily updated dashboards, Macias led an effort to access and analyze population data to support rapid cycle process improvement strategies. He directs implementation strategies for clinical care delivery improvement teams and quality measurement with a foundation of an electronic data warehouse at Texas Children’s. As medical director of the Evidence Based Outcomes Center and Center for Clinical Effectiveness at Texas Children’s, Macias has helped develop about 100 evidence based guidelines and summaries.

Dan Martich, MD, CMO and President of Physician Services, WVU University Healthcare Physicians

In his new role for about a year, Martich is well-known as the long-time CMIO for UPMC. He served in that position for 15 years. In his new role, Martich has been coordinating efforts to improve healthcare quality and has been focusing on improving patient access to care.

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Dawn Milliner, MD, CMIO, The Mayo Clinic

At Mayo, Milliner is also director of the Mayo Clinic Office of Information and Knowledge Management. She is a member of a three-leader team overseeing the implementation of Epic EHRs across the enterprise. She has helped transform the organization’s IT infrastructure, data management and data governance.

Brian Patty, MD, VP/CMIO, Rush University Medical Center

Patty oversees all clinical and revenue cycle applications at Rush University Medical Center. Previously, he was executive lead and CMIO for the switch from multiple best of breed EHRs to Epic across four hospitals and 19 clinics in the HealthEast Care System. He headed the informatics department at HealthEast, which is responsible for implementing and optimizing HealthEast's Epic EHR.