8 standout CIOs | Part 3

The CIO has become an integral member of the healthcare C-suite. Here are an additional eight hospital and health system CIOs who stand out in their roles.

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Matthew Chambers is CIO of Baylor Scott & White Health, based in Dallas. The health system was formed by the merger of Baylor Health Care System and Scott & White Healthcare in 2013. Prior to the merger, Mr. Chambers was the CIO of Scott & White Healthcare. In that role, he led the implementation of a fully integrated enterprise EHR and achieved HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 at five hospitals and 23 clinics. As CIO of Baylor Scott & White Health, Mr. Chambers is responsible for designing and deploying the next generation of IT aimed at increasing patient access, lowering costs and improving population health. He is a CHIME certified healthcare CIO  and HIMSS certified professional in healthcare information and management systems.

Steve Garske, MSc, PhD, is the CIO of Kootenai Health, based in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Kootenai Health includes a 254-bed community hospital and a number of physician clinics. The organization has been recognized with multiple awards including Most Wired (H&HN 2015), Best Hospital IT Department (Healthcare IT News 2014), and Most Wired Innovator (H&HN 2013). Initiatives such as CPOE, Meaningful Use, the Patient Portal, the Health Information Exchange, and Kootenai’s low-cost EMR hosting solution have resulted in increased IT revenue for the organization and unprecedented collaboration and interconnectivity among regional health care providers. Dr. Garske has been with Kootenai Health since 2012. Within his first year working at the health system, the IT team tripled in size, outsourcing was reduced by 59 percent and the health system saved more than $1 million in operating costs. Prior to joining Kootenai Health, he was the vice president and CIO at Children's Hospital of Lost Angeles. Dr. Garske serves on the board of the Idaho Health Data Exchange. He completed a master's degree in business information technology from Kingston University Business School in London and a doctorate in applied management decision sciences and information systems management from Walden University in Minneapolis. 

Aaron Miri is CIO of Walnut Hill Medical Center in Dallas. In this position, Mr. Miri is responsible for directing all information services, including EHR and interfaced ancillary systems, across the entire organization. He is a certified healthcare CIO through CHIME. He completed his undergraduate degree in management information systems at the University of Texas at Arlington. Mr. Miri also holds an MBA in healthcare services management from the University of Dallas.

P. Martin Paslick, MBA, is senior vice president and CIO of Nashville, Tennessee-based Hospital Corporation of America. A 30-year veteran of HCA, Mr. Paslick leads the company's information technology and services department, which provides IT strategy and support for HCA and its 165 hospitals. IT&S has more than 4,500 employees across the United States and includes four data centers and 15 division support centers responsible for delivering IT services to HCA, as well as more than 80 non-HCA facilities. During his career at HCA, Mr. Paslick has led the development of new IT units to pursue business opportunities, including the acquisition of PatientKeeper, a provider of healthcare applications for physicians. He has also led the transformation of the organization's field-based IT operations. Mr. Paslick holds two undergraduate degrees and an MBA, all from the University of Louisville (Ky.).

William Phillips is senior vice president and CIO of University Health System in San Antonio. He has been with University Health System since 1981. He has previously served as director of operational services, chief security officer and executive director. Mr. Phillips was appointed CIO in 2007. He has led the health system through EHR implementation. He also helped design the IT for the system's six-story outpatient building that opened in 2013 and a hospital tower that opened in 2014. Governor Rick Perry appointed Mr. Phillips to the Texas Health Services Authority board of directors in 2011. The organization is responsible for implementing a state-wide health information exchange.

Cedric Priebe III, MD, is CIO of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He oversees the development and use of information systems at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital and Brigham and Women's Physician Organization. He led the implementation of Epic systems across all of Brigham and Women's affiliated institutions. He also leads several application support teams within the Partners HealthCare Information Services Department. Dr. Priebe has held several leadership positions in health IT at organizations like Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, McKesson and IDX Systems. He most recently served as CMIO and CIO at the Care New England Health System, based in Providence, R.I.

James Noga is vice president and CIO of Partners HealthCare, based in Boston. Mr. Noga was named CIO in 2011. He previously served as acting CIO for Partners. In his leadership role, he is responsible for the development and oversight of health information systems across Partners. Mr. Noga completed degrees in biomedical computing and information processing and medical technology from The Ohio State University in Columbus. He has also served as CIO and director of clinical applications at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Shafiq Rab, MD, is vice president and CIO of Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center. He previously served as the vice president and CIO of Greater Hudson Valley Health System in New York. During his time at Greater Hudson Valley, he led the implementation of the Epic EHR. He also has experience as vice president and CIO of Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris, N.Y. Dr. Rab completed his medical degree from Dow Medical College in Pakistan.

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