Emory creates new C-suite role

Atlanta-based Emory Healthcare has created a new C-suite role focused on artificial intelligence and informatics.

Madhu Behera, PhD, was named the inaugural chief research informatics officer of Emory Healthcare and Emory University effective Feb. 1. Her appointment follows the institution's hiring of its first chief data and AI officer, Joe Depa, in September.

"We are excited to have Dr. Behera take on this expanded role of CRIO to accelerate the usage of data, AI and informatics within our clinical research teams," Mr. Depa said in a Feb. 2 news release. "Our goal is to enable our esteemed faculty and researchers to use data, AI and informatics to facilitate new groundbreaking research and improve lives, while applying knowledge in the service of humanity."

Dr. Behera, who has been with the health system since 2009, will lead research-related AI, informatics, and data science and analytics across the organization. She previously served as chief informatics and data officer for Emory's Winship Cancer Institute.

Health systems have increasingly been forming AI-focused C-suite roles to position themselves for the rise in healthcare AI.

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