50 leaders in health IT

The field of information technology encompasses a variety of duties and responsibilities. IT leaders are tasked with guiding strategic vision for their organizations while also maintaining the day-to-day operations of systems.

Here are 50 accomplished individuals in the health IT world, hailing from provider, vendor, political and consulting backgrounds.

Individuals are presented in alphabetical order. Names were drawn up through internal research.

1. Lamar Alexander. Senator and Chairman of the U.S. Senate HELP Committee. Sen. Alexander (R-Tenn.) has chaired the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions since January 2015, prior to which he was a ranking member. In May, Sen. Alexander, along with Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), a ranking member of the HELP Committee, announced plans to form a bipartisan, full committee working group to identify ways to improve EHRs.

2. Pamela Arora. Senior Vice President and CIO, Children's Health System of Texas (Dallas). Under Ms. Arora's leadership, Children's Health System of Texas achieved Stage 7 of the HIMSS EMR Adoption Model in 2010, the HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence in 2013 for quality and performance improvement and the AHIMA Grace Award for excellence in health information management. Ms. Arora has led the system's IT strategy since 2007. She previously served as CIO of UMass Memorial Health Care, based in Worcester, Mass., from 2004 to 2007 and was a CHIME board member from 2013 to 2015.

3. Peter Basch, MD. ‎Medical Director of Ambulatory EHR and HIT Policy, MedStar Health (Washington, D.C.). Dr. Basch has been with MedStar Health since 1995. He is also a Senior Fellow for Health IT Policy with the Center for American Progress and a visiting scholar with the Engelberg Center for Healthcare Reform of the Brookings Institution. Dr. Basch cofounded the Physicians' EHR Coalition in 2004 and received the HIMSS Physician IT Leadership Award in 2007. He continues to practice primary care with MedStar Physician Partners.

4. Jayne Bassler. Senior Vice President and CIO, Florida Hospital (Orlando). Ms. Bassler has been with Florida Hospital since January 2000, joining the team as assistant vice president of clinical performance improvement. Since then, she has served as chief clinical informatics officer, vice president and associate CIO, among other roles. She assumed her current position in January 2012. Ms. Bassler helped lead Florida Hospital to Stage 7 of HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model and is a member of ACHE, CHIME, the National Association for Healthcare Quality and the Florida Hospital Association.

5. Paul Black. President and CEO, Allscripts (Chicago). Since December 2012, Mr. Black has led Allscripts in its mission to deliver an "open, connected community of health." Before assuming his chief executive duties at Allscripts, Mr. Black spent more than 13 years with Cerner, eventually serving as the company's COO. He also spent 12 years with IBM Corp.

6. David Blumenthal, MD. President, The Commonwealth Fund (New York). Currently president of The Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation focused on enhancing the healthcare system through independent research, Dr. Blumenthal was National Coordinator for Health IT from 2009 to 2011, accepting the position one month after the HITECH Act was signed into law by President Barack Obama. Dr. Blumenthal also served as the Samuel O. Thier Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief health information and innovation officer at Partners HealthCare System, both in Boston. He has published more than 250 books and scholarly publications.

7. David Brailer, MD, PhD. Managing Partner and CEO, Health Evolution Partners (San Francisco). In 2004, Dr. Brailer was appointed by President George W. Bush as the country's first ever National Coordinator for Health IT. He served in this capacity until 2006. Dr. Brailer founded CareScience in 1992, a company providing care management services to hospitals that was spun out of his PhD thesis at University of Pennsylvania's The Wharton School. He sits on the board of directors at CenseoHealth, Prolacta Bioscience and Walgreens. Dr. Brailer earned his medical degree from West Virginia University School of Medicine and his PhD in health economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

9. Russell Branzell. CEO and President, CHIME (Ann Arbor, Mich.). Mr. Branzell was named CHIME CEO in 2013. He previously served as CEO of Colorado Health Medical Group in Loveland and as CIO of Poudre Valley Health System in Fort Collins, Colo. In 2010, he received the CHIME State Advocacy Award. He is a CHIME Certified Healthcare CIO and a fellow of CHIME, HIMSS and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

9. John Brownstein, PhD. Chief Innovation Officer, Boston Children's Hospital. Dr. Brownstein has been a familiar face around Boston Children's Hospital for 11 years as a research fellow and faculty member, but as of June 2015 he has taken on the role of chief innovation officer. In 2006, Dr. Brownstein co-founded HealthMap, a team of researchers, epidemiologists and software developers using real-time surveillance of emerging public health threats and disease outbreak monitoring. Then, in 2007, Dr. Brownstein helped launch Epidemico, an informatics company providing insights, monitoring and consumer engagement for population health domains.

10. George W. Bush. 43rd President of the U.S. When President Bush made his State of the Union Address in January 2004, he outlined a plan to ensure most Americans were on EHRs within 10 years. "By computerizing health records, we can avoid dangerous medical mistakes, reduce costs and improve care," he said. During his presidency, he continued to advance health IT, establishing the Office of the National Coordinator for Heath Information in 2004 through an executive order. The ONC, which is part of HHS and was legislatively mandated under President Obama's 2009 HITECH Act, spearheads the federal government's health IT efforts.

11. Jonathan Bush. CEO and Cofounder, athenahealth (Watertown, Mass.). Mr. Bush cofounded athenahealth in 1997 and took it public a decade later. The company was founded as a practice management solution and has evolved to offer EHRs, revenue cycle management, patient engagement tools, population health tools and more. Mr. Bush is now an influential voice in the health IT industry. He is the author of Where Does it Hurt? An Entrepreneur's Guide to Fixing Healthcare, published in 2014. Before launching athenahealth, Mr. Bush was an EMT with the New Orleans Health Department, a medic in the U.S. Army and a consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton.

12. Dedra Cantrell, RN, BSN. CIO, Emory Healthcare (Atlanta). Ms. Cantrell is the first female and the first nurse to serve as CIO of Emory Healthcare, where she has overseen the IT infrastructure of five hospitals, a clinic, physician practices, a geriatric center, and more than 15,000 employees and 1,500 physicians since 2000. She also serves as associate director for enterprise clinical informatics for Emory's Center for Clinical Informatics and as deputy CIO for the university's Office of Information Technology. Under Ms. Cantrell's leadership, Emory Healthcare achieved Stage 6 of HIMSS' EMR Adoption Model in 2010. Ms. Cantrell joined Emory Healthcare in 1994 as director of patient services informatics.

13. Kumar Chatani. Executive Vice President and CIO, Mount Sinai Health System (New York). As CIO of Mount Sinai, Mr. Chatani oversees 800 employees and manages a budget of approximately $240 million. Under his administration, the system received the Enterprise HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence for health IT performance in 2012. Prior to joining Mount Sinai, Mr. Chatani was CIO of Portland, Ore.-based Kaiser Permanente's northwest region and oversaw systems development for two major hospitals, one of which received the HIMSS Stage 7 EMR award for health IT. He was previously recognized on Becker's Hospital Review's list of "100 Hospital and Health System CIOs to Know" in 2015.

14. Charles Christian. Vice President of Technology and Engagement, Indiana Health Information Exchange (Indianapolis). Mr. Christian took on the leadership roles with IHIE May 1. Founded in 2004, the IHIE partners with informatics and research organization Regenstrief Institute to leverage its health IT infrastructure. He is also a fellow, charter member and board member of CHIME. He is a past chair of the board of directors of HIMSS. In 2010, HIMSS and CHIME named him the 2010 John E. Gall CIO of the Year. Mr. Christian spent 24 years as CIO of Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, Ind.

15. Molly Joel Coye, MD. Social Entrepreneur in Residence, Network for Excellence in Health Innovation (San Francisco). Until May 29, 2015, Dr. Coye was the chief innovation officer of Los Angeles-based UCLA Health and director of the Institute for Innovation in Health at UCLA. In her new position, Dr. Coye researches and develops platforms to quickly advance high-value innovations. Before joining UCLA in 2010, Dr. Coye was the founder and CEO of the Health Technology Center, a nonprofit education and research organization working with emerging health technologies.

16. Richard (Dick) Daniels. Executive Vice President and CIO, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan (Oakland, Calif.). Mr. Daniels originally joined Kaiser in 2008, serving as senior vice president of information technology and business information officer of health plan and hospital operations. In that role he was responsible for the strategic alignment of national IT initiatives and their regional implementation. Mr. Daniels also served as senior vice president for Kaiser's Enterprise Shared Services, which includes end-user services, national facilities services and national pharmacy operations. He was featured on Computerworld magazine's 2007 list of "Premier 100 IT Leaders."

17. Karen DeSalvo, MD. National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and HHS Acting Assistant Secretary for Health. As national coordinator for health IT, Dr. DeSalvo leads the ONC, where she focuses on policy and strategy for all issues related to informatics and technology in healthcare. The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health oversees 12 core public health offices. Dr. DeSalvo also has experience as health commissioner of New Orleans. Dr. DeSalvo earned her medical degree and master's in public health from Tulane University in New Orleans, along with a master's in clinical epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health in Boston.

18. Judy Faulkner. Founder and CEO, Epic Systems (Verona, Wis.). Ms. Faulkner launched Epic in the basement of an apartment in 1979. Epic is now a leading EHR company that generated approximately $1.77 billion in revenue in 2014. This year, Forbes named Ms. Faulkner the most successful female founder of a technology company. Her net worth is approximately $2.6 billion, and she recently pledged to donate 99 percent of her assets through The Giving Pledge, an initiative established by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates.

19. Indranil Ganguly. Vice President and CIO, JFK Health System (Edison, N.J.). As JFK Health System CIO, Mr. Ganguly oversees IT support for the 498-bed medical center and its affiliated entities. He previously led the development of IT strategy at Freehold, N.J.-based CentraState Healthcare, which has been recognized as a "Most Wired" hospital by AHA and CHIME every year since 2010. A member of CHIME and HIMSS, Mr. Ganguly was named on InformationWeek's 2012 Healthcare CIO list. He was also previously featured on the Becker's Hospital Review list of "100 Hospital and Health System CIOs to Know."

20. Lynne Thomas Gordon. CEO, AHIMA (Chicago). Ms. Thomas Gordon joined AHIMA after serving as associate vice president for hospital operations and director of the Children's Hospital at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Ms. Thomas Gordon has also been vice president and COO of the Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit. She previously served on the information management task force for the Joint Commission as well.

21. Scott Gottlieb, MD. Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute (Washington, D.C.). The American Enterprise Institute is a think tank with seven main research divisions, one of which is healthcare. Dr. Gottlieb has been a resident fellow with AEI since 2003. He is also a member of the ONC's Health IT Policy Committee. Dr. Gottlieb was a medical staff writer for the British Medical Journal for nearly five years and is a regular contributor to publications including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today.

22. John Halamka, MD. CIO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Boston). Dr. Halamka also serves as chairman and president of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network and vice chair of the Health IT Standards Committee, which makes recommendations to the National Coordinator for Health IT. Additionally, he is co-chair of the Massachusetts HIT Advisory Committee. In addition to his leadership roles in health IT, Dr. Halamka is a Harvard Medical School professor and practicing emergency room physician. He also has a blog, "Life as a Healthcare CIO," where he shares musings, thoughts and strategies on the profession.

23. John Hammergren. Chairman, President and CEO, McKesson (San Francisco). Mr. Hammergren has served as McKesson's president and CEO since 2001 and as chairman since 2002. In 2014, Harvard Business Review named Mr. Hammergren among the 100 "Top Performing CEOs in the World." Before becoming chief executive of McKesson, Mr. Hammergren served as president of supply management and executive vice president for the pharmaceutical, medical-surgical, pharmacy automation and pharmacy outsourcing businesses of the company.

24. Gayle Harrell. Representative, Florida House of Representatives. Rep. Harrell (R) was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives from 2000 to 2008. She then was appointed to the HIT Policy Committee by current Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner (R-Ohio) in 2009, and returned to the Florida House in 2010. Additionally, Rep. Harrell serves on the ONC's Privacy & Security Tiger Team, a subcommittee of the Health IT Policy Committee to address these needs of the HITECH Act and other organizations created under the law. Rep. Harrell served on HIMSS' Healthcare Reform Committee, and in 2011 she was named HIMSS' Legislator of the Year.

25. C. Martin Harris, MD. CIO, Cleveland Clinic. In addition to his CIO duties, Dr. Harris is also chairman of the health system's IT division. Additionally, he is a staff member in the department of general internal medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Harris is a member of the AMIA and HIMSS and is a frequent presenter at national meetings on healthcare and technology. He also holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and received the 2014 CIO of the Year Terabyte Award from Crain's Cleveland Business.

26. Dan Kinsella. Executive Vice President and CIO, Cadence Health (Winfield, Ill.). In addition to his EVP and CIO duties for Cadence Health, Mr. Kinsella also assumed vice president and CIO of the West Region duties of Northwestern Medicine after Cadence and Chicago-based Northwestern Memorial HealthCare formally integrated in 2014. He has held numerous consulting positions, including associate partner with Andersen Consulting, vice president of Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and principal with CGI Group.

27. Paul Kleeberg, MD. Chair of the Board of Directors, HIMSS and CMIO, Stratis Health (Bloomington, Minn.). As CMIO of Stratis Health, an independent nonprofit focused on improving healthcare quality and patient safety through learning and action networks, Dr. Kleeberg provides informatics leadership. He also serves as the clinical director of the Regional Extension Assistance Center for HIT, the health information exchange extension center for Minnesota and North Dakota. He earned his medical degree at Stanford (Calif.) University School of Medicine. Dr. Kleeberg has been on the HIMSS board of directors for four years and served as its chair in 2014.

28. Robert Kolodner, MD. Vice President and CMO, ViTel Net (McLean, Va.). From September 2006 to April 2009, Dr. Kolodner served as National Coordinator for Health IT. He had been serving as CHIO for the Department of Veterans Affairs for the previous 13 years. Dr. Kolodner earned his medical degree from Yale University in New Haven, Conn., and is board certified in psychiatry. He is also an adjunct professor in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

29. Christoph U. Lehmann, MD. Professor of Pediatrics and Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tenn.). Dr. Lehmann is the founding medical director of the American Academy of Pediatrics' Child Health Informatics Center. He also launched the journal Applied Medical Informatics, which focuses on the use of computer automation in day-to-day medical practice. Dr. Lehmann served on the board of the American Medical Informatics Association from 2008 until 2013.

30. Edward Marx. IT Leadership, The Advisory Board (New York). Previously, Mr. Marx was the CIO of Texas Health Resources, based in Arlington. He received the John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year Award from HIMSS and CHIME in 2013. He also served as CIO of University Hospitals, based in Cleveland; director of physician services at Hospital Corporation of America, based in Nashville; CIO of Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, Colo., and physician services coordinator of Poudre Valley Health System, based in Fort Collins, Colo.

31. Mac McMillan. Cofounder and CEO, CynergisTek (Austin). Mr. McMillan has more than 35 years of experience in government and private sector positions. In addition to his leadership role at CynergisTek, a firm focused on healthcare information security and regulatory compliance, Mr. McMillan is also chair of the HIMSS privacy and security policy task force. He transitioned to the healthcare industry in 2000, after retiring from the federal government. While working for the federal government, Mr. McMillan held positions on interagency intelligence and security countermeasures committees.

32. Ronald Merrell, MD. Clinical Director of the Telemedicine Program, Virginia Commonwealth University Health Systems (Richmond). Dr. Merrell has held professorships at VCU, Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn., and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He was previously vice dean at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston as well. He has been awarded the Public Serve medal by NASA on three occasions for his work as an aerospace medicine and telemedicine researcher. Dr. Merrell is also a frequent advisor to the Department of Defense regarding telemedicine.

33. Howard Messing. President and CEO, MEDITECH (Westwood, Mass.). Mr. Messing has been a fixture at MEDITECH since 1974 when he joined the health IT company as a programmer. He was named CEO in 2010 after holding other leadership positions including vice president and COO. Mr. Messing's interest in IT is deeply rooted; as a high school student, he developed a computer software business offering custom statistical programming at the New York University Graduate School of Business Administration. He currently serves on the Dean of Science's Advisory Committee at his alma mater, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

34. Blackford Middleton, MD. Chairman, American Medical Informatics Association (Bethesda, Md.). Before assuming his current role as AMIA chairman, Dr. Middleton was a professor of biomedical informatics and medicine at Stanford (Calif.) University, Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. He has also served as CMO for Medscape, a provider of EMR software and patient portals. Much of his career has focused on clinical informatics and the implementation and evaluation of clinical information systems in complex environments.

35. Farzad Mostashari, MD. Founder and CEO, Aledade (Bethesda, Md.). From April 2011 to October 2013, Dr. Mostashari served as the National Coordinator of Health IT. Afterward, he co-founded Aledade, a company he now leads as CEO. Aledade partners with physicians to help create accountable care organizations. Dr. Mostashari earned his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn.

36. James Noga. Vice President and CIO, Partners HealthCare (Boston). Mr. Noga previously served as director of clinical applications of Boston-based Massachusetts General Hospital and CIO of both MGH and the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization. Since assuming his role as CIO of Partners HealthCare, the group has undergone significant technological advances supporting many aspects of clinical care and research. In 2009, the MGH community recognized Mr. Noga as a co-recipient of the Nathaniel Bowditch Prize, awarded to a staff member who has increased care quality at the hospital while reducing costs.

37. Neil Pappalardo. Founder, MEDITECH (Westwood, Mass.). After co-founding the health IT giant in 1969, Mr. Pappalardo served as CEO of MEDITECH until 2010. He was one of the developers of MUMPS in the mid-1960s, a general purpose computer programming language still used by many major IT names such as Epic, GE Healthcare, Partners HealthCare and nearly the entire VA hospital system. He received his BS in electrical engineering from MIT, where fellowships are now offered in his name.

38. Neal Patterson. CEO and Chairman, Cerner (Kansas City, Mo.). In 1979, Mr. Patterson and two colleagues founded Cerner, an EHR and health IT company with $3.4 billion in revenues in 2014. During his time as CEO, he has led the company to invest more than $4 billion in health IT research and development. Forbes estimates his net worth to be $1.87 billion.

39. Cedric Priebe III, MD. CIO, Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston). As CIO of Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dr. Priebe oversees the development and use of information systems across all Brigham and Women's campuses, including the Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital and the Brigham and Women's Physician Organization. He spearheaded the Partners eCare Project, which comprised the implementation of Epic's EHR platform and the replacement of multiple administrative and clinical systems with state-of-the-art technology across the family of Brigham and Women's-affiliated hospitals. Dr. Priebe also supervises and teaches Boston Children's Hospital pediatric residents and Harvard medical students.  

40. Marc Probst. Vice President and CIO, Intermountain Healthcare (Salt Lake City). Mr. Probst's career spans more than three decades in health IT planning, design, development, deployment and operation. He was previously a partner with Deloitte Consulting and Ernst & Young. Mr. Probst served on HHS' Health IT Policy Committee in 2013 to assist in developing health IT policy for the government. He has also served as a board member of CHIME and the University of Utah's School of Nursing in Salt Lake City.

41. Stephanie Reel. CIO and Vice Provost for IT, Johns Hopkins University and Vice President for Information Services, Johns Hopkins Medicine (Baltimore). Ms. Reel joined Johns Hopkins University in 1990 and has held her current position since 1999. She holds CIO duties for all divisions of Johns Hopkins University and Health System, which includes implementing and designing information services, networking, telecommunications, research and instructional technologies. In 2009, Ms. Reel was appointed to President Barack Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Some of Ms. Reel's recent accolades include being named to Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders in 2013, CIO Magazine's 2012 Hall of Fame and as a top 25 leader driving the healthcare IT revolution by InformationWeek.

42. Cris Ross. CIO, Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.). Before becoming CIO of Mayo Clinic in 2012, Mr. Ross served as executive vice president and general manager for SureScripts and CIO of CVS' MinuteClinic, the largest provider of retail-based healthcare in the U.S. He serves on the HHS Health IT Standards Committee and the Markle Foundation Connecting for Health Steering Committee. Mr. Ross holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management in New Haven, Conn.

43. Sue Schade. CIO, University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers (Ann Arbor). Ms. Schade was named the 2014 John E. Call Jr. CIO of the Year, an annual award given by HIMSS and CHIME. She has spent 15 of her 30 years in health IT as a CIO. She previously served as CIO of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Before then, Ms. Schade was a member of senior management for the healthcare IT practice with Ernst & Young.

44. Rasu Shrestha, MD. Chief Innovation Officer, UPMC (Pittsburgh). In addition to his chief innovation officer duties, Dr. Shrestha leads a team of more than 200 as president of the UPMC Technology Development Center to develop inventive solutions to complex healthcare challenges. He is a frequent speaker at national and international healthcare and technology conferences and has been recognized by InformationWeek as one of the "Top 20 Health IT Leaders Driving Change." Dr. Shrestha previously served as vice president of medical information technology and medical director of interoperability and imaging informatics at UPMC. He was was previously recognized as one of 26 of the smartest people in health IT by Becker's Hospital Review..

45. Alan Smith. Senior Vice President and CIO, Capella Healthcare (Franklin, Tenn.). Mr. Smith was appointed senior vice president and CIO of Capella Healthcare in 2011, prior to which he was vice president of applications and interim CIO for Nashville-based Vanguard Health System. Mr. Smith's experience in health IT extends beyond the provider side, as he worked with Cerner as a clients results executive. He is the current chairman of the Federation of American Hospitals' Health Information Technology Task Force and serves on the board of the Tennessee chapter of HIMSS.

46. Paul Tang, MD. Vice President and Chief Innovation and Technology Officer, Palo Alto (Calif.) Medical Foundation. In addition to his roles at Palo Alto Medical Foundation, which he has held since 1998, Dr. Tang also is a consulting associate professor of Medicine at Stanford (Calif.) University and directs the David Druker Center for Health Systems Innovation within PAMF. Dr. Tang has also served on the ONC's Health IT Policy Committee as vice chair since March 2009. Dr. Tang's early work was critical to current day EHRs, as he directed a research group at Hewlett Packard Laboratories in the 1980s that helped develop intelligent EHR systems for physicians. Dr. Tang is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and is board certified in internal medicine.

47. Eric J. Topol, MD. Director, Scripps Translational Science Institute (San Diego). In addition to his role as director of the Translational Science Institute, Dr. Topol is a professor of genomics at the Scripps Research Institute, senior consultant in the division of cardiovascular diseases at Scripps Clinic and chief academic officer of Scripps Health. Dr. Topol is recognized as a leader in healthcare innovation, having published several books on how innovation and the digital revolution will improve healthcare. Prior to joining Scripps, Dr. Topol was chairman at Cleveland Clinic's department of cardiovascular medicine.

48. Joel Vengco. Vice President and CIO, Baystate Health (Springfield, Mass.). In addition to his executive duties, Mr. Vengco is also the founder of TechSpring, Baystate's technology innovation center. Mr. Vengco is a senior fellow of the Boston University Health Policy Institute. Prior to joining Baystate, Mr. Vengco was vice president and general manager of one of the four global businesses that make up GE's healthcare IT business.

49. S. Luke Webster, MD. Vice President and CMIO, CHRISTUS Health (Irving, Texas). With more than 20 years of clinical and health informatics experience, Dr. Webster currently serves as CHRISTUS Health's first system CMIO. In this role, he has led the creation of, and now oversees, the system's health informatics department. Previously, Dr. Webster was medical director of clinical services of Encore Health Resources and was a physician consultant for Dearborn Advisors. He also was the physician leader for the Epic MyChart EHR implementation at The Southeast Permanente Medical Group in Atlanta.

50. Niam Yaraghi, PhD. Fellow, Brookings Institution (Washington, D.C.). The Brookings Institution is a private, nonprofit, independent think tank, one of the oldest in Washington, D.C. Dr. Yaraghi is a fellow in the Brookings Institution's Center for Technology Innovation, focusing on the economics of health IT and health information exchanges. He earned his PhD in management science from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Editor's note: This article was updated July 20, 2015.

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