Patricia Skarulis

Patricia C. Skarulis

Patricia Castel Skarulis is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center where she oversees all computing and communications for the clinical and research enterprise.  Prior to joining Sloan Kettering, Pat served in a similar capacity as Vice President and CIO at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago where she was also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Systems Management.  Prior positions include: Vice President for Information Systems and Vice Chancellor at Duke University where she was also Professor of the Practice of Computer Science; Director, Administrative Systems at Princeton University; Assistant Director, Academic Computing at Rutgers University, and Associate Member of Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories.  She received her M.A. and B.A. in Mathematics from St.  John’s University in New York, and attended the Institute for Educational Management, an executive program for higher education at Harvard. 

Pat is very active in the Healthcare community and was named the 2008 CHIME-HIMSS John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year. She is a charter member of CHIME, has served as its chair and she is an active member of HIMSS having spoken at many of its national conferences.  Additionally, Pat serves as a member of the Healthcare Sector Coordinating Council to advise the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services on matters relating to healthcare critical infrastructure. Pat is a member of HISEA, the Health Information Systems Executive Association and has served as its Chair.  She is a member of the American Association of Medical College’s Group on Information Resources serving on the GIR Board for three years.  In 2009, she was inducted into CIO Magazine’s CIO Hall of Fame.

She has held several leadership positions within the Society for Information Management (SIM) and has served on the Board of Directors for EDUCAUSE (a higher education technology consortium), the Triangle Universities Computation Center (TUCC), and the Research Triangle Institute in North Carolina.

She lives in Manhattan and serves on the Board of METRO, the Metropolitan New York Library Council. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees for St. John’s University in New York.

 

Posted May 2019
      Ken Letkeman

      Ken Letkeman

      Ken Letkeman serves as CIO/senior vice president of Houston Methodist, a role he has held since 2018. His experience includes 30 years working in healthcare technology, most recently serving as CIO at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he led the organization’s successful Epic implementation.

      Mr. Letkeman’s core belief in effective, efficient and secure operations drives his executive leadership of a healthcare IT division comprising nearly 600 employees and a $165 million annual budget. The division supports nearly 24,000 employees in a $4.3 billion infrastructure composed of eight hospitals, eight emergency care centers, one research institute, 120-plus outpatient clinics throughout the Houston area and 15 international locations. His healthcare IT experience also includes more than a decade consulting with large physician groups and service as CEO at Marshfield Clinic Information Services Inc., an IT company delivering and managing leading-edge products and services for healthcare providers.

      Before becoming CEO, Mr. Letkeman held the position of CIO at Marshfield. He is a native of Manitoba, Canada, and he holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Manitoba.

      Bio updated March 2021
      Letkeman

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          Ken Lee

          Ken Lee

          Ken Lee serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Centura Health providing strategic leadership for our use of technology across the system. Lee’s work focuses on driving growth, efficiency and disruption through aligned strategy, team development, technology, digitalization and consumer engagement.

          Prior to joining Centura Health in October 2017, Lee served in chief information officer and chief IT architect roles in the public utility industry, leading technology focused business transformation at the New York Power Authority in White Plains, New York, Pacific Gas & Electric in San Francisco and Xcel Energy in Minneapolis. Prior to these roles, he founded and served as Chief Executive Officer at Bluewater Information Convergence, a venture capital funded technology services company based in Greenwich, Connecticut that worked across multiple industries and sectors. Lee’s understanding of entrepreneurship in technology differentiates Centura Health from other health systems in the industry.

          Lee has a bachelor of science in computer engineering from Iowa State University. He and his wife live in Erie with their two children.

          Posted May 2019
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              Tricia Julian

              As chief information officer for Baptist Health, Julian oversees the implementation of comprehensive IT strategy and systems in support of Baptist Health’s vision to lead in clinical excellence, compassionate care and growth. In this role, she partners with other Baptist Health senior executives to deliver on key strategic initiatives and leads a talented team of IT professionals who provide technology solutions to facilitate patient-centered care while advancing Baptist Health’s organizational goals.

              Julian joined Baptist in 2011 as Ambulatory IT director, where she built an Ambulatory IT team and led the implementation of Allscripts practice management and electronic health record systems in employed physicians’ practices. In 2014, she was promoted to IT executive director, responsible for leading the Epic IT teams in the EHR implementation, which now operates in Baptist’s eight hospitals and in more than 300 ambulatory locations in Kentucky and Indiana, including employed physician practices and urgent care clinics.

              Baptist Health’s transition to Epic’s full suite of acute and ambulatory products received Good Install recognition in 2017 and achieved 2018 Gold Star Level 9 distinction within one year of completing the implementation. Further, Baptist Health achieved HIMSS Most Wired status in 2018.

              Prior to joining Baptist, Julian served as chief operating officer and as director of operations for The Corvallis Clinic in Corvallis, Oregon, from 2007 to 2011. She also has worked for the Welborn Clinic in Evansville, Indiana, and the Arnett Clinic in Lafayette, Indiana.

              Julian earned a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and an MBA with healthcare specialization from Indiana Wesleyan University. She and her husband have three children. She is active in various ministries within her church community and enjoys running and tandem cycling.

              Bio updated March 2021
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                  Bill Russell of Health Lyrics

                  Bill Russell

                  Bill Russell has served on executive teams in healthcare, higher education and Fortune 500 consulting practices. Bill’s work usually starts when things stop working. As Chief Information Officer for St. Joseph Health, a 16 hospital $7 billion system, he rapidly accelerated the diffusion of new IT strategies and methods, while also enhancing organization stability and improved IT performance. Said another way, Bill lead the effort to insource IT after 10 years, address an aging infrastructure where 50% of clinical workstations were deemed end of life and consolidated 9 instances of the EHR in 24 months. This was accomplished by adopting emerging models like cloud, agile development and investing in two successful startups.

                  Bill is currently the President and CEO of Health Lyrics an IT advisory company that helps health systems clarify their IT plans. Bill is also the creator and host of This Week in Health IT a podcast designed to develop the next generation of Health IT leaders.

                  Bill has a degree in Economics from Moravian College and has attended courses at Harvard but considers one of his greatest accomplishments to be the transition of two of his three children to self-sustained tax-paying citizens. His teenage daughter continues to keep him humble.

                  Bio updated January 2019
                      Andrew Rosenberg of Michigan Medicine

                      Andrew Rosenberg, MD

                      Andrew Rosenberg, M.D. is the CIO for Michigan Medicine (University of Michigan Health System and University of Michigan Medical School). From November 2017 to August 2018 he also served as the interim Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer for the University of Michigan. Dr. Rosenberg is a tenured Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Internal Medicine at the UMMS.

                      Previously, he was the inaugural Chief Medical Information Officer for the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers. (June 2010-January 2016). In 2013 he created the role of the Executive Director of Information and Data Management for the U of M Medical Center Information Technology group.

                      Dr. Rosenberg has an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Michigan. He then attended Johns Hopkins Medical School where he completed a residency in Internal Medicine. Dr. Rosenberg also completed a fellowship in Multidisciplinary Critical Care Medicine at the George Washington Medical Center. Subsequently, he was a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow at the University of Michigan Medical School, where he focused on Health Services Research and Bio-Informatics. He then completed a residency in Anesthesiology at the U of M. Dr. Rosenberg is also board certified in Clinical Informatics.

                      Updated December 2019
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                          Ken Lawonn

                          Ken Lawonn

                          Former Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Sharp HealthCare

                          Ken Lawonn served as the senior vice president and chief information officer for Sharp HealthCare from February 2014 until his retirement in the spring of 2020.  As SVP/CIO he was responsible for continuing to move Sharp forward in the implementation of advanced technologies to support the transformation of healthcare through the Sharp Experience.

                          Lawonn has over 35 years’ experience in healthcare technology leadership.  Prior to joining Sharp, Lawonn served as the senior vice president for strategy and technology at Alegent Creighton Health in Omaha, NE.  Under his leadership, Alegent was recognized as a leader in the deployment of technology to support integrated clinical care.  Lawonn also served as the vice president and chief information officer for Banner Health and Lutheran Health Systems in Fargo, ND.

                          Lawonn received his bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from Moorhead State University in Moorhead, Minnesota and an MBA from the University of Nebraska.  He is a member of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).

                           

                          Updated May 2020
                              Bill Hudson

                              Bill Hudson

                              SVP and CIO | John Muir Health

                              Mr. Hudson is a recognized provider healthcare leader who invests in individuals and develops capable, self-sufficient teams. He has deep experience developing tightly aligned operational governance focused on delivering results to plan. He currently serves as the SVP and CIO for John Muir Health in Walnut Creek, CA where he is responsible for Analytics, Enterprise Project Management Office, Information Technology, Information Security as well as JMH’s strategic relationship with Optum.

                              Previously Mr. Hudson has served as the Chief Healthcare Strategist for VMware and, led their healthcare strategy team. Prior to that he worked at the Kettering Health Network, KHN, where he served as the CTO and provided technology leadership. During his tenure at KHN he also served as the technical project director and architect for the system-wide Epic implementation.

                              Prior to his time at KHN he led the CTG Healthcare Solutions Advanced Technology Practice for five years, worked as a healthcare strategist with HealthLink, and spent time at Cerner where he led the Global Technology Practice.

                               

                               

                              Updated March 2020
                                  Tim Thompson, SVP & CIO, BayCare Health System

                                  Tim Thompson

                                  Tim Thompson currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for BayCare Health System (BayCare) in Clearwater, Florida.  His responsibilities include leadership of the technology planning and operations for the system-wide Information Services and Clinical Engineering operations.

                                  Tim has over 35 years of experience in health care administration and information technology.  Prior to joining BayCare in 2010, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for The Methodist Hospital System in Houston, Texas.  Prior to working at Methodist, Tim was the CIO and Senior Vice President at the Adventist Health System in Orlando and Palmetto Health in Columbia, South Carolina.  In addition he has held senior management positions at The Cleveland Clinic, Dynamic Healthcare Technologies, Inc., and Proctor Healthcare Incorporated.

                                  Tim earned a bachelor’s degree in management from the University of Illinois.  He is a member of the College of Healthcare Management Executives (CHIME) and Healthcare Information and Management System Society (HIMSS).

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                                      Eric Yablonka

                                      Eric has over thirty five years of experience as an industry leading Chief Information Officer (CIO).  He currently advises companies, funds and organizations on all matters relating to health information technologies, digital and business strategies and their applications.  He is an Investor/Advisor With Excelerate Health Ventures and a Advsior to YL Ventures.

                                      Previously he was the Chief Information Officer and Associate Dean at Stanford Health Care and School of Medicine.  Eric’s responsibilities included all information technology and digital systems, information security and biomedical engineering for the health system and school of medicine.  Eric’s role was to develop and execute strategies that leverage technologies across patient care, medical research and teaching.  He closely collaborated with leaders at the Health System, Stanford School of Medicine and Stanford University in the execution of those strategies and to support enterprise technology needs.

                                      Prior to Stanford Health Care, Eric served as the Vice President and Chief Information Officer of the University of Chicago Medicine since 2001.  Eric was a member of the Senior Management Group and worked with management and the UCM Board of Trustees to execute the business strategies of the organization.  He has also served at Northwestern Memorial, University of Nebraska, St. Raphael Health System and Beaumont Health in leadership roles.

                                      Eric is also a former Director for TeraMedica, an imaging management company which exited through an acquisition.

                                      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 an individual or member of 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 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 multiple CIO100 awards, Most Wired, Information Week Elite 100, CHEF Innovation and SIM/AITP Most Effective Team recognition.  He is a fellow in both CHIME and HIMSS and has had leadership roles in both organizations.

                                      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.

                                      Bio updated June 2021
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