Eric Yablonka of Stanford Healthcare

Eric Yablonka

Eric has over thirty years of experience in leading hospital operations and information systems management functions.  He is the recently appointed Chief Information Officer at Stanford Health Care (SHC).  At SHC Eric’s responsibilities include all information technology functions, information security and biomedical engineering.  Eric’s role is to develop and execute strategies that leverage technology to support the three missions of SHC.  He also closely collaborates with leaders at the Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford University and Stanford Children’s Hospital in the execution of those strategies and to support enterprise technology needs.  He manages a staff of over 600 with capital and operating budgets more than $250M annually.

Prior to SHC Eric served as the Vice President and Chief Information Officer of the University of Chicago Medicine since 2001. His responsibilities at UCM include all information technology functions, biomedical engineering, information security and the call center. Eric had a staff of over 300 with capital and operating budget responsibilities in excess of $70M annually.

Eric was a member of the Senior Management Group and worked with the UCM Board of Trustees to execute the business strategies of the organization. He had leadership responsibility for the T-2 program whose focus was to transform how UCMC functions and drives operational improvements in the following areas; supply chain and administrative management, clinical care delivery, patient and physician access. He also provided technology services to the Biological Sciences Division (BSD) of the University.

Eric has been honored to receive the John E. Gall CIO of the Year award from CHIME/HIMSS and the Executives Club of Chicago/SIM/AITP CIO of the Year award. He and his team have been recognized with numerous awards including; CIO100, Most Wired, Information Week Elite 100, CHEF Innovation and SIM/AITP Most Effective Team.

Before UCM, Eric was the Vice President and Chief Information Officer for the Saint Raphael Healthcare System in New Haven, CT. At SRHS, he was responsible for the information technology, supply chain management, process re-engineering, benchmarking and decision support functions. Eric also worked at the JCAHO developing clinical outcome measurement systems, Northwestern Memorial Hospital as a Director in their IS Division, University of Nebraska Medical Center as Assistant Director in Information Services and William Beaumont Hospital as Manager of Information Services.

Eric is also a former Director for TeraMedica. They were a Milwaukee based company that is now part of Fuji Medical Systems that marketed software designed to connect and manage the clinical image content infrastructure of a modern healthcare system.

Eric has been an advocate for innovation in the healthcare industry. He speaks about these topics in industry and technology conferences and meetings. He has written articles for trade publications about technology innovation and adoption. Eric and his organizations have also been featured in publications in recognition of their accomplishments. Eric has been an early adopter of new medical and information technologies. He frequently works with his vendor partners and new entrants to market to understand how their offerings can be of value to his organization.

As a member of customer/technology advisory groups, Eric has guided new companies with their product offerings, market analysis and positioning and with their business planning. He has educated new company’s executive teams on how to navigate the healthcare market with a specialty in helping emerging companies work synergistically with more established healthcare companies.

Eric is a Fellow in the Healthcare Information and Management System Society and Fellow of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). He has chaired the fall forum planning committee, been chair of the CHIME Foundation (vendor group), Treasurer of CHIME and a member of the CHIME Board of Trustees. He served as the founding Program Director for the CHIME Healthcare CIO Boot Camp, a program that trains the next generation of CIO’s.

Eric earned his MBA from the Advanced Management Program, Broad School of Management at Michigan State University and his BS in Business Studies at the State University of New York College at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY.


Updated December 2018