Longtime Colorado health system CIO retires

Estes Park (Colo.) Health CIO Gary Hall plans to retire after 18 years with the health system.

During his tenure, Mr. Hall oversaw the migration to an Epic EHR in 2019 via a Community Connect partnership with Aurora, Colo.-based UCHealth; converted the radiology suite to digital; and created redundancy of IT systems to prevent downtime. At one time, Estes Park Health relied on a single fiber link into town.

"We had six megabits of internet access when I arrived," Mr. Hall said in an Aug. 30 news release. "Now, with Trailblazer (the town's community-owned and -operated internet service), for which we were strong advocates, and other steps forward, we enjoy internet line redundancy and many gigabits of critical broadband service."

Mr. Hall also dealt with a 2013 flood that cut off internet and cell service, helped ensure a 2019 ransomware attack didn't affect patient care, and set up an IT hub in a friend's basement in nearby Loveland during a 2020 wildfire evacuation. He previously worked as an IT director for Experian.

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