The Breakaway Group, Denver, a consulting firm that helps healthcare providers adopt new technology and equipment, has landed the chief information officer of San Diego-based Sharp HealthCare as one of five new members for its unpaid advisory board.
Breakaway founder and Chief Executive Officer Charles Fred said that he sought people who can help the company understand the executive and clinical aspects of the marketplace, plan a financial strategy for growthBreakaway currently has no investorsand recruit talent. The company recently announced the board has been expanded from four to nine members who are only paid travel reimbursements, Fred said.
In William Spooner, senior vice president and CIO of Sharp HealthCare, Fred found someone who has directed the planning and implementation of information technology across the integrated system, which owns or operates four general acute-care hospitals.
Spooner said, Part of my contribution is to apply some of that experience and judgment and ... to really quiz them, test them and make sure I can believe what theyre presenting. The relationship is unlikely to present any conflict of interest, Spooner said, because Sharp doesnt hire outside help for its IT projects.
The other new healthcare-related members are R. Greg Brophy and John Markus, both formerly of HealthSouth Corp., and Robert Frist Jr. of HealthStream.