Gretchen Tegethoff has worked her way up through the ranks in the health information technology industry to reach her current position as chief information officer at 339-bed George Washington University Hospital in the nation's capital.
She may not stop there.
Tegethoff, 36, has been CIO at GWUH since March 2005 and been with for-profit Universal Health Services' only teaching hospital, in two hitches, for nearly 10 years. As CIO, she is leading the implementation of an electronic health-record system with its first phase set for launch in November. The enterprise-wide installation will replace more than a half dozen “best of breed” systems.
“It's going to be big bang, everything except full house CPOE, an anesthesia module and kind of our second phase of biomedical device integration,” Tegethoff says.