Drexel DeFord, chairman of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, said he will step down from his position as chief information officer at Children's Hospital in Seattle and will fill the same role at Steward Health Care in Boston.
DeFord said in an e-mail that he will start at Steward in July. Wes Wright, currently vice president and chief technology officer at Children's, will serve as interim CIO, DeFord said.
DeFord joined Seattle Children's in 2008. He previously was a corporate vice president and CIO at Scripps Health in San Diego. DeFord also has worked for the U.S. Air Force Office of the Surgeon General and David Grant USAF Medical Center on the Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, Calif. He was named CHIME board chairman in January.