Brewer, Maine – (August 21, 2014) – EMHS is pleased to announce the establishment of a chief medical information officer (CMIO) and chief nursing information officer (CNIO). Both positions will report directly to EMHS’ senior vice president and chief medical officer, Robert Thompson, MD.
Nationwide these role are becoming increasingly important. The CMIO and CNIO complement each other in advancing communication and collaboration among physician and mid-level providers, and nursing, says M. Michelle Hood, FACHE, president and CEO of EMHS. “In this era of constant change in healthcare, these positions are critical to linking care delivery and community needs with the strategic business and technology analytics. So, in some respects, the CMIO and CNIO serve as the caregiver’s voice in information technology (IT) design and strategy, and as the IT voice with their clinical peers.” Hood adds that as national health reform models progress, new skill sets and hybrid positions with mixed technical and clinical competencies will be critical components of a modern leadership team structure. EMHS is dedicated to pursuing the national Triple Aim goals of ensuring patients continue to receive the right care, at the right time, and in the right place.
April Giard, APN, EMHS system director of Information Systems Applications and Nursing Informatics will assume the positon of chief nursing information officer, effective immediately. April has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare and has held numerous leadership positions, including vice president of patient care and chief nursing officer at Acadia Hospital, as well as her current role as a system director. She has a master’s degree in nursing, is an active nurse practitioner, and maintains three national certifications in healthcare leadership. She understands the critical need for quality patient care, nursing excellence, and innovations in professional practice.
Angela Tiberio, MD, from Dearborn Advisors, a healthcare professional services firm, will assume the role as interim chief medical information officer. She has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare, including practicing for ten years as an internal medicine specialist, serving on the faculty of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, completing formal Informatics training at the University of Utah, and working in the field of Medical Informatics for the past 15 years. She has served as CMIO for several large and prestigious organizations including Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL; Spectrum Health System in Grand Rapids, MI, and Sutter Health – Mills Peninsula Hospital in Millbrae, CA. A national search for a permanent CMIO is currently in progress.
Together over the next several months, Giard and Tiberio will develop a variety of strategic and operational clinical leadership activities including:
• Assuring that high quality patient care is the foundation upon which all health information technology (health IT) initiatives are built;
• Leveraging EMHS’ deep clinical talent to provide input into all decisions related to the development, deployment, re-engineering, optimization, and integration of health IT assets;
• Partnering with other members of the medical office, member organizations, Information Systems (IS), and leadership to coordinate development of new processes and tools to enhance care throughout the system while leveraging our health IT assets;
• Participating on a variety of EMHS committees and teams to assure strategic and financial alignment between the system and clinical health IT initiatives, strengthening the voice of our clinicians.
EMHS, based in Brewer, Maine is an integrated health delivery system covering approximately 70 percent of the land mass in the state and serving more than 40 percent of the state’s residents. The system’s broad range of services includes eight hospitals, physician practices, long-term care facilities, home health and hospice, and ground and air emergency transport services. EMHS members work collaboratively with each other and with other community organizations to provide our patients with the right care, at the right time, and right place. For more information, visit the EMHS website at www.emhs.org.