Chief Medical Informatics & Digital Health Officer

Vidant Health
Greenville, NC
chief medical informatics & digital health officer search at vidant health
Vidant Health has retained Kirby Partners to conduct a nationwide executive search for candidates for their Chief Medical Informatics & Digital Health Officer.

Vidant Health is a physician-led, integrated system of patient-centered care that includes nine hospitals plus physician practices, hospice, wellness centers and more – all working together to serve 1.4 million people across 29 counties in Eastern North Carolina.

One of the most progressive not-for-profit health care systems, Vidant Health’s  system of care includes the following:

  • Vidant Medical Center – a level I trauma center and the teaching hospital for the Brody School of Medicine
  • Eight community hospitals
  • Vidant Medical Group – primary care and specialty services
  • Vidant Home Health & Hospice
  • Vidant Wellness Centers
  • Vidant Health Foundation

Their partnership with The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University provides a continuum of care that addresses wellness, prevention and community health issues as well as acute care, post-acute care, home health, and hospice.

Additionally,  in 2013, Vidant Health opened James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital, and in April 2018, they opened Vidant Cancer Care at the Eddie and Jo Allison Smith Tower in Greenville. The 418,000-square-foot facility serves as the region’s hub for oncology care.

Vidant Health has received several top health care awards and honors. See the full list here.

Chief Medical Informatics & Digital Health Officer Position Overview

As a key strategic executive for Vidant Health, the Chief Medical Informatics and Digital Health Officer (CMIDHO), will develop and execute strategies to optimize and transform care delivery models and the clinician-patient experience through the smart use of the EHR, digital tools, advanced technologies, services and processes. The CMIDHO will have a dyad relationship with the Chief Information Officer. 

The CMIDHO will develop these strategies in collaboration with executive and clinical leaders taking into consideration clinical, administrative, operational, research and educational needs of the organization. The CMIDHO will set the digital health vision and align the use of technology with health system strategies and key clinical priorities.

The CMIDHO serves as the evangelist of technology enabled clinical transformation by setting the tone, spurring enthusiasm, and challenging current wisdom. As change agent, the CMIDHO will engage multi-disciplinary teams and build enabling capabilities to reimagine care delivery and processes that support personalized human experiences across all touchpoints. The CMIDHO will balance the excitement and investment in digital heath technologies with the adoption and value proposition that is complex and multifaceted. 

The CMIDHO has the dual responsibility to maintain and incrementally improve the EHR and core technology systems and platforms while also leading and supporting digital transformational activities. This will require striking the right balance between short term improvement and long-term value and exploring new opportunities in the digital world while addressing existing operational challenges through the available digital means.

The CMIDHO tracks industry trends and practices to stay at the forefront of digital health transformation and applied informatics and is a thought leader responsible for identifying innovation opportunities and implementing leading evidence-based practice. The CMIDHO leads the development and integration of a multi-year roadmap to advance Vidant’s use of Epic and other advanced technologies to ultimately provide best in class patient care, and ensure organizational support around the identified goals, strategies, budgets, and metrics. 

The CMIDHO nurtures the alliance between the clinical operational team and Information Services (IS) and will leverage clinical and informatics expertise to translate strategies into measurable, actionable plans.

The CMIDHO consistently promotes an environment of engagement between physicians, team members and leadership. Additionally, the CMIDHO collaborates with leadership, management and colleagues at respected academic health systems, professional associations, and vendor peer groups. The CMIDHO also collaborates with ECU on curriculum development and teaching programs to train the next generation of physician leaders in clinical and health informatics. 

The CMIDHO will also design, lead, and participate in clinical and operational governance committees to ensure that clinical insight and input are part of all key decisions. The CMIDHO will continue to practice in their specialty for 20% of their time.

Qualifications

Required:

  • Doctor of Medicine (MD or DO) with at least five years practicing while leveraging an EHR  for care delivery; eligibility for unrestricted license to practice in North Carolina 
  • At least 2 years of significant leadership experience in a clinical informatics role within a  health care system leveraging an electronic health record 
  • Board Certification in appropriate specialty 
  • Visionary and global thinking related to the use of technology in medicine
  • Comfort in challenging the status quo and ‘the way things have always been done’ to bring creativity and innovation into the organization
  • Proven track record as a problem solver and business leader with a high emotional quotient and strong interpersonal skills
  • Passionate about building collaborations of patient and clinician-focused innovators to solve complex healthcare problems 
  • Experience coaching, mentoring, persuading, leading and advising health care providers in  the use of clinical information systems to provide high quality patient care 
  • Excellent collaboration and influencing skills, with an ability to partner with a dynamic leadership team and navigate enterprise politics and matrixed relationships 

Desired: 

  • Board certification in Clinical Informatics 
  • Formal training in Clinical Informatics 
  • Significant leadership experience with an Epic health system 
  • Experience in a complex academic environment 
  • Experience leading and/or supporting system-wide digital transformation efforts
  • Industry experience working with biopharma, payers, startups, and technology vendors is a plus

Please note that Kirby Partners exclusively represents this job opportunity and all candidates will be presented through our team of executive recruiters. If you have questions about this position, please email Judy Kirby.

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