CEO Dr. Steven Altschuler: Working Toward 'One Patient, One Medical Record' at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Steven M. Altschuler, MD, has served as the CEO and president of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia since April 2000. He is a board-certified pediatrician and gastroenterologist and received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Dr. Altschuler first joined CHOP in 1982 as a fellow in the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition and has been with the hospital ever since. Prior to becoming CHOP's CEO, he was the physician-in-chief and chairman of the Department of Pediatrics. He also served as a professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia.

Under Dr. Altschuler's leadership, CHOP was one of the first hospitals to adopt electronic health records over 10 years ago, according to the hospital's website. Dr. Altschuler had a vision of "one patient, one medical record," and he drove the effort to streamline the hospital's health records electronically. He led the hospital in a 10-year effort to improve the hospital's EHR, business systems and data centers. As a result of that effort, CHOP and Dr. Altschuler received the CEO IT Achievement Award from Modern Healthcare magazine in 2012.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is the nation's first children's hospital; it was founded in 1855.

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