URMC Taps Thomas Barnett as New CIO | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

URMC Taps Thomas Barnett as New CIO

September 2, 2016
by Rajiv Leventhal
| Reprints

The New York State-based University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) has hired Thomas L. Barnett, currently vice president of the NorthShore University HealthSystem in Illinois, as its new chief information officer (CIO), effective October 10.

Barnett brings more than two decades of experience building and leading information systems functions in complex healthcare settings, higher-education, industry, and IT consulting arenas, according to a URMC announcement. At the Evanston, Ill.-based NorthShore, currently serves as vice president for a network that encompasses four hospitals, 70 clinics, and an 850-member physician practice.  There, he has led the planning and deployment of initiatives such as electronic health record (EHR) and revenue cycle systems, enterprise data warehousing, Meaningful Use initiatives, IT security, mobile app and telemedicine strategy. 

Barnett also drove IT participation in key population health efforts, including the development of advanced analytic platforms for ambulatory and inpatient reporting, as well as predictive modelling for patient risk registries, care gap analyses, and risk-based contract management, according to URMC officials. While at NorthShore, Barnett was appointed to lead the system’s Digital Health Initiative, through which he collaborated with Epic’s product development team for MyChart, Cadence, Ambulatory, and Healthy Planet products.

"I am very excited to be joining the ISD team at University of Rochester Medical Center. URMC is preparing to complete the full integration of its EHR with new patient access and financial systems,” Barnett said.  “I am confident in the team and the organization to implement a system that positions URMC to not only capitalize on its rich legacy, but make some significant strides forward in the technology that is offered to our researchers, physicians, clinicians, and to our patients."

Prior to his tenure at NorthShore, Barnett spent seven years at Detroit’s Henry Ford Health System as executive director of information technology before being promoted to vice president in 2012. At Henry Ford, he was responsible for the system’s Epic implementation, including the migration of an acquired hospital, as well as for oversight of the network’s legacy applications portfolio. 

At URMC, Barnett will replace long-time CIO Jerry Powell, who retired earlier this year.  Barnett will report directly to Mark B. Taubman, M.D., URMC CEO and Dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Get the latest information on Health IT and attend other valuable sessions at this two-day Summit providing healthcare leaders with educational content, insightful debate and dialogue on the future of healthcare and technology.

Learn More

Topics

News

Study: EHRs Tied with Lower Hospital Mortality, But Only After Systems Have Matured

Over the past decade, there has been significant national investment in electronic health record (EHR) systems at U.S. hospitals, which was expected to result in improved quality and efficiency of care. However, evidence linking EHR adoption to better care is mixed, according to medical researchers.

Nursing Notes Can Help Predict ICU Survival, Study Finds

Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Ontario have found that sentiments in healthcare providers’ nursing notes can be good indicators of whether intensive care unit (ICU) patients will survive.

Health Catalyst Completes Acquisition of HIE Technology Company Medicity

Salt Lake City-based Health Catalyst, a data analytics company, has completed its acquisition of Medicity, a developer of health information exchange (HIE) technology, and the deal adds data exchange capabilities to Health Catalyst’s data, analytics and decision support solutions.

Advocate Aurora Health, Foxconn Plan Employee Wellness, “Smart City,” and Precision Medicine Collaboration

Wisconsin-based Advocate Aurora Health is partnering with Foxconn Health Technology Business Group, a Taiwanese company, to develop new technology-driven healthcare services and tools.

Healthcare Data Breach Costs Remain Highest at $408 Per Record

The cost of a data breach for healthcare organizations continues to rise, from $380 per record last year to $408 per record this year, as the healthcare industry also continues to incur the highest cost for data breaches compared to any other industry, according to a new study from IBM Security and the Ponemon Institute.

Morris Leaves ONC to Lead VA Office of Electronic Health Record Modernization

Genevieve Morris, who has been detailed to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from her position as the principal deputy national coordinator for the Department of Health and Human Services, will move over full time to lead the newly establishment VA Office of Electronic Health Record Modernization.