The chief information officer of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations has resigned after spending nearly five years retooling the agency's computerization.
David Kamowski, 41, vice president of operations and CIO, left late last month without a new job but said that was by design. "I'm going to decompress for a while," he said. He added that he has no firm plans but some good leads.
The JCAHO hired Kamowski to put the electronic networks and data standards in place to distribute accreditation information, process new surveys, respond to public disclosure of accreditation results and build databases to make data more accessible on demand.
Kamowski said those projects were finishing up, and the timing was right to step down. "At this point in my career, I was not interested in going through another planning cycle, which typically lasts about five years," he said.
He is being replaced by Evelyn Lockett Woods, 46, who was director of information services since 1994, a spokeswoman said. Woods will become vice president for information technology.