Slideshow The most powerful women in healthcare I.T.: CIOs-IT execs

  • April 07 2016, 5:37pm EDT

The most powerful women in healthcare I.T.: CIOs-IT execs

Health Data Management is honoring 75 of the Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT. The awards are broken into three categories: thought leaders, provider/payer executives and CIOs/IT leaders. What follow is the list of CIOs/IT leaders. All 75 women will be honored at The Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT conference, which will be held May 12, 2016, in Boston. For more information on the event, click here.

Mary Alice Annecharico

Title: SVP, Chief Information Officer

Organization: Henry Ford Health System

Years in HIT:

Previous Positions: Executive Director of Information Systems at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School; Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at University Hospitals; Vice President and CIO, University Hospitals Health System.

Significant Achievements: Annecharico is responsible for leading and executing the HFHS strategic plan for information technology management. She led Project Helios, an implementation of the Epic electronic health record system that included revenue cycle and physician/patient portal applications. Project Helios resulted in improved efficiency and business alignment, reduced costs and enhanced integration among hospital and ambulatory environments.

Impact on HIT: Annecharico has served as a HIMSS Fellow and editor of the Journal of Health Information Management, and is a member of the KLAS Advisory Board.

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Pamela Arora

Title: Senior vice president/CIO

Organization: Children’s Health System of Texas

Years in HIT: 14

Previous Positions: Senior Vice President and CIO, UMass Memorial Health Care; Interim CEO, Liquidagents Healthcare; various positions, Perot Systems Corp.; Team Leader, Electronic Data Systems; Application Developer, General Motors Corp.

Significant Achievements: Arora has helped to guide her organization to a leading role among children’s hospitals and within the state of Texas. The facility was the first in the state to achieve HIMSS Stage 7 designation on its EMRAM scale. The facility has been named several times to the InformationWeek 500 and Most Wired, and it was named a HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award winner.

Impact on HIT: Arora has taken the skills and managerial talents she learned at Perot Systems and EDS and successfully applied them to the hospital setting. Early on, she sensed the importance of information security and has worked closely with the Health Information Trust Alliance to show how a healthcare organization can aspire to HITRUST standards to protect information. She has served on CHIME’s board of directors for the past several years.

Cara Babachicos

Title: VP, Chief Information Officer

Organization: Partners HealthCare

Years in HIT: 25

Previous Positions: Associate Faculty, CIO Boot Camp, College of Healthcare Information Management Executives; Adjunct Faculty, Northeastern University; Vice President, CIO, Partners Continuing Care; Adjunct Professor; Associate Director, Information Systems, Winchester Hospital.

Significant Achievements: Babachicos oversees a $25 million information systems organization, including operations and strategy for nine community hospitals and 30+ post-acute outpatient locations. She helped build one of the first successful transition-care applications, which seamlessly transitions patients throughout hospitals in and outside of the Partners’ continuum of care. Babachicos helped create IT systems and processes to support home care, private duty and remote patient monitoring. She implemented a new EHR system, with Partners Healthcare at Home as one of the first successful go-live executions.

Impact on HIT: Babachicos recognized the critical need for the organization to retire an archival platform. This initiative involved the successful and safe retention of clinical, administrative and financial data. She also created a business plan to hire new college graduates into IT. She serves on the Board of CHIME, actively teaches at CHIME’s Boot Camp and promotes HIT through her teaching of a master’s level class in Patient Informatics at Northeastern University.

Bobbie Byrne

Title: SVP, Chief Information Officer

Organization: Edward Elmhurst Health

Years in HIT: 15

Previous Positions: Clinical Director, CCHIT; SVP, Clinical Solutions, Eclipsys; Manager, Cap Gemini; Pediatrician, Evanston Northwestern Healthcare.

Significant Achievements: Byrne is responsible for system-wide information technology, biomedical engineering, cancer services, facilities and construction for Edward and Linden Oaks Hospitals. Among her achievements: helped architect Illinois Health Partners backbone for quality-and-cost analysis and care management and implement a Lawson ERP solution.

Impact on HIT: Byrne was the executive sponsor for the Epic implementation at Edward and Linden Oaks Hospitals. The deployment was completed on time and on budget. It achieved 82% physician computer order entry in community hospital setting in its first week, with physician satisfaction scores 20% higher than national Epic benchmarks as a result of an innovative physician training and support program that is now quoted by Epic as best practice. The organization achieved Epic-designated “Top Performer” for being in the top 10% nationally of Epic customers on eight different financial metrics within months of go live.

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Bobbie Carroll

Title: Senior Director of Patient Safety and Clinical Informatics

Organization: Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

Years in HIT: 22

Previous Positions: Director, Professional Development, Practice and Informatics, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota; Director, Clinical Informatics and Technology, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota; Healthcare Consultant, Stone Bridge Consulting; Healthcare Consultant, SafteNet Consulting.

Significant Achievements: Carroll is responsible for the strategic direction of system-wide efforts to continuously improve safety, effectiveness, efficiency, patient-centeredness and timeliness of health care services to all patients. She was involved in the clinical integration between the Children’s Hospital’s EHR and infusion pump vendors, resulting in the first pediatric hospital in the nation to have a truly full-loop bar code medication administration system. For this effort she was granted the Process/System Innovation Award from the Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety. She has been recognized by the Intelligent Health Association with the Grand Award. She also was honored with the Women in Health Care Leadership Award from the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST.

Impact on HIT: Under Carroll’s leadership, her organization has achieved outstanding performance on key, nationally standardized metrics of quality and safety. She also leads a comprehensive program to minimize patient harm through the implementation of systems that promote a culture of safety.

Melinda Costin

Title: VP, Chief Information Officer

Organization: JPS Health Network

Years in HIT: 32

Previous Positions: Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Corporate Applications, Baylor Health Care System; Senior Area Leader, HealthLink (an IBM company); Vice President, HealthLink; Manager, 3M Health Information Systems; Manager, McDonnell Douglas; CIO, Ellis Hospital; CIO, Missouri Baptist Medical Center.

Significant Achievements: In her various positions, Costin has led the development and implementation of products that support electronic health records, including in the area of clinical decision support. While employed in the vendor community, she worked on the development and implementation of EHRs, including one that was built in conjunction with Intermountain Health Care, a recognized leader in the use of clinical rules to promote patient safety.

Impact on HIT: With a career that spans the development of many of the products now common in hospitals, Costin has shared her accumulated knowledge with her colleagues and influenced the growth of health IT. She’s been an active member of HIMSS and CHIME, and is a frequent presenter on IT topics.

LaVerne Council

Title: Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology, Chief Information Officer

Organization: Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Information and Technology (OI&T)

Years in HIT: 20+

Previous Positions: CEO, Council Advisory Services LLC; Chairman, National Board of Trustees, March of Dimes; Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Johnson & Johnson; Global VP, IT, Dell; Partner, Global Leader for Supply Chain, Life Science and Hi-Tech Practices, Ernst & Young.

Significant Achievements: Council leads executive oversight for all activities related to the VA’s $4 billion OI&T budget. She oversees the day-to-day activities of more than 8,000 IT employees who support the largest integrated health care organization in the United States. Council is the principal advisor to the VA’s Secretary on all matters relating to the management of the VA’s IT assets. She has delivered a new OI&T strategy to Congress, outlining goals and initiatives needed to drive change. She established an Enterprise Program Management Office, which is designed to improve health record modernization efforts by ensuring that program portfolios align to strategic objectives.

Impact on HIT: Council has established a different and unique organizational approach to enable the VA to execute its mission of providing quality health care to veterans. As a result, the VA is on target to move from a traditional government model to one that embodies a competitive commercial organization. Council’s enterprise IT strategy also has laid the groundwork for key initiatives, including an enterprise cybersecurity plan.

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Myra Davis

Title: SVP, Chief Information Officer

Organization: Texas Children’s Hospital

Years in HIT: 13

Previous Positions: Vice President, IS, Texas Children’s Hospital; Assistant Vice President, IS, Texas Children’s Hospital; Director, Customer Support, Texas Children’s Hospital.

Significant Accomplishments: At Texas Children's Hospital, Davis is responsible for formulating, communicating and driving the hospital’s technology vision. She launched an enterprise data warehouse. And she successfully partnered with clinical and quality leaders to drive data-based performance improvement projects that are improving patient outcomes and reducing costs. She received the CHIME-AHA Transformational Leadership Award in 2013. And she won the ECRI Institute’s 10th Annual Health Devices Achievement Award after revamping the hospital’s alarm management program to make warnings more meaningful and actionable for clinicians.

Impact on HIT: Since joining Texas Children’s Hospital, Davis has effectively orchestrated the implementation of an EHR, EDW, data analytics platform and other key IT projects. She has been instrumental in nurturing a data-centric culture at Texas Children’s by educating leaders and staff across the organization on how to conduct their own data analysis using tools available through the organization’s data warehouse. Davis serves on the board of trustees for CHIME and has served on the CIO Executive Council of the Executive Women in IT Steering Committee.

Adrienne Edens

Title: Chief Information Officer, Valley Area

Organization: Sutter Health

Years in HIT: 30+

Previous Positions: CIO, St. Luke’s Health System, Boise, Idaho; various IT roles, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan; various IT roles, Catholic Healthcare West; practice director, First Consulting Group; various roles, American Medical International.

Significant Achievements: Edens implemented a regional support model for Sutter’s EHR in the East Bay region; completely restructured the regional IS organization to enable Sutter to reduce its use of contractors from 57 to three. At St. Luke’s Health System, she established an effective model for physicians to direct, review and manage EHR decisions, and she recruited and hired a CMIO for the system.

Impact on HIT: Edens is heavily involved with the educational mission of several influential HIT organizations, including CHIME and HIMSS.

Tina Esposito

Title: VP, Center for Health Information Services

Organization: Advocate Health Care

Years in HIT: 17

Previous Positions: Director, Center for Health Information Services, Advocate Health Care; Manager, Business Analytics, Advocate Health Care; Manager, Clinical Decision Support Services, Advocate Health Care.

Significant Achievements: Esposito is credited with the creation of a big data technical and analytics platform that connects with more than 50 data sources, the development and implementation of an enterprise master patient identifier strategy, the development of analytics systems to support accountable care and population health and the strategic oversight of technology deployments aimed a eliminating key causes of patient injury, mortality and cost.

Impact on HIT: Esposito has advanced the use of analytics, and she is serving as the executive leader of the Advocate Cerner Collaborative, which supports the study of the shift to accountable care.

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The Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT conference

Health Data Managementis honoring 75 of the Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT. The awards are broken into three categories: thought leaders, provider/payer executives and CIOs/IT leaders. What follow is the list of CIOs/IT leaders. All 75 women will be honored at The Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT conference,which will be held May 12, 2016, in Boston. For more information on the event, click here.

Nancy Evans

Title: Chief Information Officer, Hospitals

Organization: Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Years in HIT: 40

Previous Positions: Evans has been involved in project management and major system implementations at VUMC since 1984. Vanderbilt is among a handful of institutions nationally that have pioneered biomedical informatics and health information technology over the past 25 years.

Significant Achievements: VUMC announced in December 2015 that it is taking a unified approach to health IT with a range of applications from HIT vendor Epic Systems, replacing some of VUMC’s self-developed clinical systems. The organization plans to switch to Epic software in November 2017 for medical record-keeping and clinic workflow, ordering of tests and treatments in hospitals and clinics, hospital scheduling and admissions, nursing documentation, medical management of surgical patients, outpatient prescribing, medication administration, (non-retail) pharmacy management and hospital billing.

Impact on HIT: Evans was a critical part of the steering/selection committee that picked Epic to be the vendor for VUMC’s new electronic health record and revenue cycle system. The agreement with Epic is designed to create a more integrated, efficient and mature information systems environment.

Julie Hall-Barrow

Title: Vice President, Virtual Health and Innovation

Organization: Children’s Health

Years in HIT: 20

Previous Positions: Vice President, Virtual Health and Innovation, Children's Health; Senior Director, Heath Care Innovation and Telemedicine, Children’s Health: Director, Rural Health and Primary Care, Arkansas Department of Health; Director, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; Director, Morehead Memorial Hospital.

Significant Achievements: Hall-Barrow has pioneered a school-based telemedicine program that gives students direct access to health care providers at Children’s Health. A school nurse acts as a patient presenter. When a child doesn’t feel well, the child and patient presenter together meet with a healthcare provider at Children’s Health via a secure videoconference, enabling the provider to make a complete and accurate diagnosis while the child is at school, and even to prescribe medication that parents can pick up at a pharmacy. The earlier intervention helps ensure the child recovers more quickly and reduces absenteeism.

Impact on HIT: The school-based telemedicine program had been deployed in 57 schools, representing some 40,000 students, and has conducted more than 2,000 telemedicine consults in those schools. Children’s Health is also implementing a robust evaluation and analytics program to support its ability to secure funding for more implementations. The program is so successful that Children’s Health is now integrating the virtual health infrastructure, training and education for some 27 additional school districts, which will result in more than 100 additional schools being included in the Children’s Health program.

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Susan Heichert

Title: Senior Vice President and CIO

Organization: Allina Health

Years in HIT: 30

Previous Positions: Vice President, Health Information and Systems, Director of Epic Implementation and Hospital Clinical Systems Manager, Allina Hospitals and Clinics; Clinical Systems Manager, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics; Director of Nursing Informatics, St. John Health System; Clinical Support Manager, Healthcare Expert Systems; Information Systems Nurse Coordinator, United and Children’s Hospitals.

Significant Achievements: Heichert led the implementation of the Epic electronic healthcare record at Allina Hospitals and Clinics nearly 10 years ago, and now she is overseeing further implementations to help Allina Health meet the challenges of the competitive Twin Cities marketplace.

Impact on HIT: With her experience as a nurse, Heichert has been able to understand the impact of health information systems on front-line caregivers. She manages more than 500 staff in various departments at Allina. She widely shares her experience with other HIT professionals through writing and speaking, and has been an active HIMSS member since 1996; she was recently elected to serve on HIMSS North America Board of Directors.

Liz Johnson

Title: Chief Information Officer, Acute Care Hospitals and Applied Clinical Informatics

Organization: Tenet Healthcare

Years in HIT: 35

Previous Positions: Executive Vice President, Healthlink

Significant Achievements: Leads both Tenet’s IMPACT electronic health records project and its efforts beyond the implementation of electronic health records to tap its data stores for new insights and intelligence that can improve patient outcomes. Johnson has developed a clinical informatics capability at all levels of Tenet to translate analytical findings into process and workflow behavioral changes that enhance patient care.

Impact on HIT: Johnson has been on the board of directors at the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, where she will serve as board chair in 2017. In Washington, she was a member of HHS’ Health Information Technology Standards Committee.

Kara Marx

Title: VP of Information Systems

Organization: Sharp HealthCare

Years in HIT: 25

Previous Positions: Vice President, Chief Information Officer, Methodist Hospital Southern California; Associate Partner, IBM; Senior Account Executive, First Consulting Group; Senior Executive New Business Development, Senior Clinical Specialist, Cerner Corporation; and Registered Nurse.

Significant Achievements: At San Diego’s Sharp HealthCare, Marx has spearheaded management of systems that support operations including ERP, revenue cycle, integration services and patient care software (acute and ambulatory), medical records/coding, quality/safety, home health/hospice and several other areas. In 2013, she was awarded the ECRI Institute’s 8th Annual Health Devices Achievement Award.

Impact on HIT: Marx is a strategic, forward-thinking leader with more than 25 years’ experience optimizing the performance of healthcare organizations with HIT. At Methodist Hospital Southern California, she led the organization to receive $5 million in meaningful use EHR incentives for Stage 1 and Stage 2. Marx also delivered a number of IT projects on time and within budget, including an EHR, physician portal, wireless infrastructure, clinical documentation, document imaging, HR/payroll, quality and risk management software, e-prescribing, as well as computerized physician order entry.

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Sheree McFarland

Title: Chief Information Officer

Organization: HCA, West Florida Division

Years in HIT: 28

Previous Positions: IT Division Director, HCA; IT Director, HCA Regional Medical Center, Hudson, Fla.; Director of IT, Lenox Hill Hospital; Consultant, E.C. Murphy, Yuhasz Consulting.

Significant Achievements: McFarland is a classic example of a talented manager who rose through the ranks in her 20-year stint at HCA's Florida operations. Coming in as the IT director of one HCA facility in 1996, she now has executive IT responsibilities for 16 hospitals in HCA’s West Florida division. Her responsibilities include strategic planning, budget and project management, technical services, customer support, physician support, security, operations and human resources.

Impact on HIT: McFarland has led the organizations in her division to implement electronic health records. She also is an involved member of professional associations, particularly CHIME and HIMSS.

Pamela McNutt

Title: SVP, Chief Information Officer

Organization: Methodist Health System

Years in HIT: 37

Previous Positions: Director of information Systems, Hermann Hospital; Programmer Analyst, Whittaker Medicus.

Significant Achievements: McNutt helped the organization with an early adoption of an electronic health records system, implementing patient safety measures and increasing operational efficiency. She leads a team of IT and biomedical professionals who facilitate the use of technology to improve the quality and cost effectiveness of care. Methodist has achieved meaningful use Stage 1 for ambulatory and acute care and has been named among the 100 Most Wired hospitals multiple times.

Impact on HIT: An active participant in CHIME programs, including playing lead roles on its policy committee. She is one of the leading authorities in the country on dissecting HIT regulations and explaining the impact on providers.

Betsy McVay

Title: Executive Director, Analytics

Organization: UnityPoint Health

Years in HIT: 11

Previous Positions: Senior Consultant, Project Manager, BJC HealthCare; Consultant, BearingPoint; Consultant, Deloitte.

Significant Achievements: McVay has focused on analyzing market opportunities for hospitals, developing a diabetes treatment service line, and using analytics to improve blood management and safety.

Impact on HIT: McVay has a noted ability to bridge the gap between IT and the business to solve organizational problem.

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Theresa Meadows

Title: SVP, Chief Information Officer

Organization: Cook Children’s Health Care System

Years in HIT: 20

Previous Positions: Regional Director of McKesson Shared Services, Ascension Health; Director of Clinical Systems, St. Vincent’s Health System; Engagement Manager, McKesson Provider Technologies; Senior Project Manager, WebMD; Registered Nurse.

Significant Achievements: Meadows has successfully managed and implemented health information technology. At Cook Children’s Health Care System, she developed and deployed a technology strategy to support an integrated delivery network of nine health organizations, including acute care, ambulatory care, home health and health plans.

Impact on HIT: Under Meadows’ leadership, Cook Children’s Health Care System deployed the Athenahealth Ambulatory EHR and Practice Management to 70 primary care and specialty practice locations within 18 months. She managed a capital budget of more than $17 million and an operating budget of $42 million for the health system. Her technology selection and deployment of enterprise visibility software led to significant throughput and communication improvements.

Dawn Milliner

Title: Chief Medical Information Officer/Director of the Mayo Clinic Office of Information and Knowledge Management

Organization: Mayo Clinic

Years in HIT: 10+

Previous Positions: Chair of Mayo Division of Pediatric Nephrology, Medical Director of the Mayo Eurenio Litta Children’s Hospital and Chair of the Clinical Practice Committee.

Significant Achievements: Milliner is a member of a three-leader team overseeing implementation of Epic EHRs across the enterprise. She has helped transform the organization’s IT infrastructure, data management and data governance.

Impact on HIT: Milliner is helping make Mayo a more capable organization through the use of HIT, developing new tools to improve care and mentoring women in HIT at Mayo.

Mary Beth Mitchell

Title: Chief Nursing Informatics Officer

Organization: Texas Health Resources

Years in HIT: 18

Previous Positions: Senior Director, Applied Clinical Informatics, Tenet Healthcare; Director, Clinical informatics, Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas.

Significant Achievements: Mitchell provides clinical leadership for all IT projects that relate to nursing. She serves as a liaison between nursing staff and IT staff, making sure the interests of nurses are represented in IT projects, and that nursing staff understand IT constraints. She instituted a system-wide Nursing Informatics Council to promote direct involvement in IT projects by nursing staff. She developed a hospital intranet and populated it with hospital policies and procedures, as well as other resource material for staff. She helped implement one of the first enterprise electronic health record systems in the Dallas area. She was the winner of the 2015 HIMSS Nursing Informatics Leadership Award. She chaired the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Committee. She was instrumental in helping THR win a HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 award. She was co-founder of the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the American Nursing Informatics Association.

Impact on HIT: Mitchell created an influential training model for EHR implementations when she led the implementation team at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas in 2006. Faced with the challenge of training 3,200 staff members in five weeks, she arranged for her department to pay all costs of training, including any overtime incurred by any trainee as a result of losing work time for classes. Mitchell is a mentor to others in nurse informaticists.

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Kate Pavlovich

Title: Director of Strategy and Data Analytics

Organization: New York-Presbyterian Hospital (NYP)

Years in HIT: 3

Previous Positions: Process Improvement Manager in the Division of Quality & Patient Safety, NYP; Clinical Research Coordinator, Obesity & Diabetes, Columbia University Medical Center; Intern, Sexual and Reproductive Health Education, United Nations; Biology Instructor/Community Development, Students Partnership Worldwide (Tanzania).

Significant Achievements: Pavlovich is responsible for creating NYP’s data governance infrastructure, which includes oversight and accountability for designing policies and processes around data management, developing dashboard and reporting tools for strategic initiatives, and advancing the hospital’s analytic competencies as well as managing activities related to NYP’s tri-institutional data sharing agreement. Other accomplishments include development of a data governance suite and associated NYP data dictionary, as well as location mapping efforts.

Impact on HIT: Pavlovich recognized the organizational necessity to document, standardize and centralize information about its data assets. The result is an online website accessible to the entire organization that houses information on commonly-used terms and metrics. The website also includes organizational naming conventions, data flows, and up-to-date and historical inpatient unit locations and the types of patients cared for respective to location. Pavlovich also directed the redesign and implementation of NYP's “Executive Portal,” the central repository of key performance indicators.

Doris Peek

Title: SVP, Chief Information Officer

Organization: Broward Health

Years in HIT: 10+

Previous Positions: Medical Technologist, Angel Community Hospital; CIO, Catholic Health East; positions at Emory University and Grady Hospital, Gwinnett County Hospital and North Fulton Medical as well as Ernst & Young.

Significant Achievement: Peek has moved the organization from Level 2 on the HIMSS Analytics scale of EHR adoption to 6.5 in seven years and the organization has attested for EHR meaningful use Stages 1 and 2. Along the way, she oversaw initiatives to support accountable care and business intelligence.

Impact on HIT: A change agent, Peek not only transformed Broward but also at Catholic Health East in South Florida, where she led the effort to standardize IT systems with practice management and EHRs supporting more than 125 employed physician practices.

Elizabeth Petrich-Kennedy

Title: Chief Nursing Informatics Officer

Organization: Providence Health and Services, California Region

Years in HIT: 10

Previous Positions: Regional CNIO, Providence Health & Services; Epic Implementation Team, Providence Health & Services.

Significant Achievements: Petrich-Kennedy helped Implement an Epic EHR in six hospitals in one year, with one hospital starting from paper documentation. All departments became electronic on a single platform. She also built an informatics organization in the California health systems.

Impact on HIT: Petrich-Kennedy has been responsible for growing informatics talent and the community of informaticists.

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Gabriela Ramirez-Garnica

Title: Corporate Director, Enterprise Analytics, Clinical Analysis and Outcomes

Organization: Orlando Health

Years in HIT: 15

Previous Positions: Corporate Director, Clinical Analysis and Outcomes, Orlando Health; Director, Nemours Clinical Management Program, Nemours Clinical Management Program, Nemours; Associate Director, Nemours Clinical Management, Nemours; Epidemiologist, Nemours; Adjunct Faculty, University of South Florida College of Public Health.

Significant Achievements: Ramirez-Garnica leads Orlando Health’s corporate wide enterprise data warehouse (EDW) project. As the leader of Orlando Health’s core team of data definition and analytics experts, she is charged with optimizing the organization’s abilities to capture, retain and, most importantly, use information. Ramirez-Garnica collaborates with business leaders and clinical units to ensure the direction of the EDW is fully aligned with organizational priorities and needs. Ramirez-Garnica also has oversight of clinical reporting for various clinical quality regulatory and voluntary reporting activities, such as core measures and accreditation registries. Ramirez-Garnica played an important role in improving care through the use of data analytics at Orlando Health, working with others in the organization to improve care for certain key positions.

Impact on HIT: Because of her work in analytics and gathering relevant data from across the organization, Orlando Health has increased its organizations efficiencies and reduced patient risk.

Stephanie L. Reel

Title: SVP, Vice Provost and Chief Information Officer; Assistant Professor in the Division of Health Sciences Informatics

Organization: The Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore

Years in HIT: 35

Previous Positions: Director of IT, Johns Hopkins Hospital, John Hopkins Health System; CIO, Johns Hopkins Hospital, John Hopkins Health System; CIO, Johns Hopkins University.

Significant Achievements: In her current role, Reel oversees a $300 million business unit with approximately 1,000 FTEs who manage the IT requirements for seven hospitals, 50-plus physician practices, more than 3,000 practicing physicians and more than 2,000 researchers and educators. Her responsibilities include leadership for strategic planning, operational redesign, financial accountability and all operational activities related to information services, networking and telecommunications. Among her many achievements: development and implementation of Epic and Cerner; implementation and support of SAP ERP applications; and the development and implementation of an enterprise-wide governance structure.

Impact on HIT: From her early involvement with the broad deployment of a self-developed electronic health record system in the 1990s, which was recognized by The Smithsonian Institution for its innovation, to her leadership over a continuous evolution of HIT program advancements, Reel has helped consolidate data center/mainframes; create an access management system, revenue cycle systems, clinical information systems, and analytical tools to track quality; and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and improve decision support. Under Reel’s leadership, the organization also supports state-wide network initiatives allowing the organization to share bandwidth and dark fiber infrastructure.

Donna Roach

Title: Chief Information Officer

Organization: Via Christi Health

Years in HIT: 29

Previous Positions: CIO, Ascension Health; VP Information Technology, CIO, Bronson Healthcare Group; Assistant Professor, Rush University Medical Center; CIO, HCISC; CIO, VP, Information Services, Condell Medical Center; Director of Information Services, Foote Health System; Regional Director of Information Services, Hinsdale Hospital; Regional Director of Information Services, Adventist Health System; Director of Information Services, Resurrection Health Care; Manager of Information Services, Central DuPage Hospital; Manager of Customer Service, Rush University Medical Center.

Significant Achievements: In her current role, Roach is responsible for the information technology department and IT strategy at eight hospitals and ambulatory sites in Kansas. Now, in a changing reimbursement environment, she is helping the organization implement population health management and risk analytics as well as enterprise resource planning applications.

Impact on HIT: In a variety of settings, Roach has sought to use IT to improve care while reducing manual, repetitive tasks for clinicians. In recent years, she’s taken on more leadership roles within industry organizations, particularly CHIME and HIMSS.

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Amy Rosa

Title: Chief Nursing Information Officer

Organization: Baptist Health

Years in HIT: 10

Previous Positions: System Director, Clinical Informatics, Baptist Health; Executive Director, South Florida Regional Extension Center; Care Provider Systems Manager, Broward Health; Director, Guest Relations, Case Management, QA, Staff Nurse, Holy Cross Hospital.

Significant Achievements: Rosa oversees a 50-person nurse informatics team at Baptist Health, which provides clinical informatics expertise to the health system’s five hospitals, 43 primary care offices, four outpatient facilities, home health services and ambulatory care coordination. Amy and her team guide clinicians in the adoption of HIT, including the use of data to improve clinical outcomes in all settings. She’s worked with nurses, nursing leadership and IT to develop a clinical care dashboard that tracks a unit’s performance on key quality metrics, including patient falls and pain management. She’s helping design and implement an electronic nursing summary for patients that pulls information from the EHR and provides nurses with an accessible, current and comprehensive picture of each patient.

Impact on HIT: Under Rosa’s leadership, informatics has become a well-developed discipline at Baptist Health, helping to ensure that clinicians have the right information at the right time to make the best decisions for patients. The development of a clinical care dashboard is just one example. Additionally, Rosa is paving the way for the next generation of informatics by collaborating with Jacksonville University to develop a master’s-level program that includes courses in nursing informatics.

Sue Schade

Title: Interim Chief Information Officer

Organization: University Hospitals

Years in HIT: 33

Previous Positions: CIO, University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers; CIO, Brigham and Women’s/Faulkner Hospital; Senior Manager, Healthcare IT Practice, Ernst & Young; Vice President, Sweetwater Health; Regional IS Director, Advocate Health Care.

Significant Achievements: In a variety of settings, Schade has leveraged new technology in healthcare with lean principles to improve care delivery and efficiency. She has advanced the use of electronic health records in her roles as CIO of various organizations

Impact on HIT: Schade is an active member of both HIMSS and CHIME, where she served on the CHIME board of directors from 2004 to 2006 and was actively engaged in the organization’s policy steering committee.

Patricia Sengstack

Title:Chief Nursing Informatics Officer

Organization: Bon Secours Health System

Years in HIT:15

Previous Positions: Deputy CIO and Chief of Clinical Informatics at the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical Center; Member of ONC’s Health IT Standards Committee; Faculty at Vanderbilt University.

Significant Achievements: In her current role at Bon Secours Health System, Sengstack provides both strategic and operational nursing leadership in the development, deployment, optimization and integration of information systems to support clinicians and improve patient care across a 14-hospital integrated healthcare delivery network. She serves on the Health IT Standards Committee, which makes recommendations to ONC. Sengstack led the implementation of an EHR system at the National Institutes of Health. She’s a recipient of an NIH Directors Award, The Ruth L. Kirschstein Mentoring Award, and the NIH Clinical Center Director’s Award.

Impact on HIT: Sengstack’s focus over the last several years has been on health information technology’s impact on patient safety and building a program to improve the evaluation process of IT systems. She sits on an ECRI Institute expert advisory panel that produced a recommendations guide on copy-and-paste EHR issues. As immediate past president of the American Nursing Informatics Association, Sengstack authored ANIA’s position statement regarding how healthcare organizations should implement a health IT safety program.

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Pat Skarulis

Title: Chief Information Officer

Organization: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Years in HIT: 26

Previous Positions: Vice President and CIO, Rush Presbyterian Medical Center; Vice President and CIO, Duke University; Director of Administrative Services and Information Services, Princeton University.

Significant Achievements: Skarulis came to Rush Presbyterian Medical Center in 1990 and, in 11 years, led the organization through early implementations of clinical systems, laying the foundation for electronic health records. While at Rush, she served as an assistant professor in the Rush University master’s degree program in health systems management. Moving to Sloan-Kettering, Skarulis helped engage physicians in a variety of IT initiatives that enabled better care and research.

Impact on HIT: Skarulis has played a leading role in the healthcare IT community, participating in CHIME, HIMSS and other industry initiatives. She was recognized for her contributions with CHIME’s John Gall Jr. CIO of the Year Award in 2008.

Terri Steinberg, MD

Title: Chief Health Information Officer; VP, Population Health Informatics

Organization: Christiana Care Health System

Years in HIT: 25

Previous Positions: Chief Medical Information Officer, Christiana Care Health System; Clinical Systems
Nemours; Product Manager, Siemens Medical Solutions; Physician, SUNY Stony Brook.

Significant Achievements: In her role as Population Health Informaticist, Steinberg is focused on implementing innovative technology architecture platforms to support care delivery within the framework of new payment models. A practicing physician, she has spearheaded Christiana Care Health System’s “Bridging the Divides” program, initially aimed at better managing the health of the organization’s ischemic heart disease population and now expanding to other populations. On behalf of Christiana Care Health System, Steinberg’s team was awarded a Health Care Innovation grant to implement a novel IT integration architecture to support a predictive analytic model based on a comprehensive patient data set, regardless of the location for the data generation. Steinberg is actively involved in the Delaware Health Information Network, the first state-wide health information exchange, and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of that organization.

Impact on HIT: As a clinician as well as a software developer, Steinberg has used her experience to guide the optimal implementation of clinical systems in a manner that is well-accepted by doctors and nurses. She has lectured and consulted extensively on methods to ensure successful technology adoption by physicians and nurses, and on the positive impact of technology on safe clinical practice. Steinberg has consulted on technology matters for the Institute for Safe Medical Practice and has worked with many hospitals and healthcare organizations as they endeavor to implement CPOE and advanced clinical systems.

Joanne Sunquist

Title: SVP, Chief Information Officer

Organization: HealthEast Care System

Years in HIT: 21

Previous Positions: CIO, Hennepin County Medical Center; Vice President of Information Services, Allina Health; Manager, Andersen Consulting.

Significant Achievements: Coming to HealthEast in 2013, Sunquist has led an enterprise wide implementation of electronic health records, and helped revamp its overall core vendor strategy. She was able to build off her experiences at Hennepin County Medical Center, which implemented an EHR system and ultimately achieved Stage 7 on the HIMSS EMRAM adoption scale.

Impact on HIT: Sunquist has been able to draw upon her early career as a nurse and a nursing administrator to understand the psyche of clinicians who use systems in care settings. An active member of CHIME, she was on the CHIME board of trustees from 2007 to 2010, watching that organization go through a period of significant growth; she was board chair in 2009, at that time only the second woman to serve in that position.

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Deanna Wise

Title: EVP, Chief Information Officer

Organization: Dignity Health

Previous Positions: SVP and CIO, Vanguard Health System; CIO, Maricopa Integrated Health Systems; Director of Application, St. Vincent’s Hospital.

Significant Achievements: At Maricopa Integrated Health System, Wise in-sourced the IT department while cutting costs and increasing customer satisfaction. At Dignity Health, her largest achievement has been developing the strategy and roadmap for implementing the Cerner EHR system across a delivery system spanning more than 40 hospitals. So far, 31 hospitals have reached Stage 6 of HIMSS Analytics’ model of EHR adoption. Project completion is expected in 2017.

Impact on HIT: Wise has been a CIO at several major health systems and prides herself on teaching IT pros how to move up the career ladder. She hones their relationship skills to enable them to work with vendors to ensure both the supplier and the organization are going in the same direction.

Karen Zorn

Title: Enterprise Solution Architect

Organization: Emory Healthcare

Years in HIT: 15

Previous Positions: Clinical Educator, St. Joseph’s Hospital

Significant Achievements: Zorn is responsible for the development, evaluation and education for hospital-wide implementation of clinical techniques, policies, technologies and shared governance activities. Among her achievements is system-wide implementation of an EHR with computerized provider order entry. She spearheaded development of a multidisciplinary informatics team to foster changes institution wide. She launched well-received programs of professional engagement through implementation of the Healthstream workforce solution and developed a nursing website for general communication. She managed an Acute Care Staff Council to develop and maintain nursing and interdisciplinary clinical policies and procedures. She is a National Board Member and Treasurer of the American Nursing Informatics Association.

Impact on HIT: Zorn developed a technical solution to implement a hyperglycemia protocol in conjunction with physician leadership to track and more effectively treat diabetes in the peri-operative setting. She developed and implemented a technical solution for assuring VTE prophylaxis was addressed on all appropriate patients. She managed acquisition, development and implementation of CareFusion Medication Barcoding, which resulted in a significant decrease in medication errors and increased revenue through more accurate and complete documentation. She managed and developed in conjunction with materials management a tracking and ordering system for supplies that resulted in increased supply control and reduced institutional cost.

The Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT conference

Health Data Managementis honoring 75 of the Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT. The awards are broken into three categories: thought leaders, provider/payer executives and CIOs/IT leaders. What follow is the list of CIOs/IT leaders. All 75 women will be honored at The Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT conference,which will be held May 12, 2016, in Boston. For more information on the event, click here.