The top physician at healthcare information technology vendor Cerner Corp., Kansas City, Mo., has resigned to take an executive position in medical informatics at the nation's largest Catholic healthcare organization, Ascension Health.
"This is an opportunity I couldn't resist," said Jeffrey Rose, M.D., vice president and chief medical officer at Cerner. Rose will start Monday as vice president of clinical excellence and quality initiatives at Ascension, a St. Louis-based system with 67 hospitals in 20 states.
In his new job, Rose will be a liaison between the national system and the hospitals. He said his hope is to provide the healthcare industry with an example of how technology can improve quality of care and be cost effective in a large, integrated healthcare network.
Rose said he will work closely with Cerner in his new position, because Ascension last year made Cerner its strategic partner in an ambitious plan to improve healthcare information technology throughout the organization.
"It's going to be the biggest thing in the not-for-profit world other than Kaiser," Rose said of Ascension's program. Kaiser has a $1.8 billion plan to install a clinical record system throughout its 11,400-physician network.
Before joining Cerner in 2001, Rose practiced interventional radiology with Kaiser Permanente's Rocky Mountain division in Denver and was director of clinical information systems and project leader of an IT implementation across 25 care sites. The effort earned the 1999 Nicholas E. Davies Award, then given by the Computer-based Patient Record Institute.