Sue Schade, CIO at University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, has been named CIO of the Year by two major industry groups.
The John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year Award, sponsored by HIMSS and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, is awarded to HIT executives who led innovation in their organization through “effective use of technology,” according to a news release. The board of directors of HIMSS and CHIME select the recipient each year.
Schade has worked in healthcare IT for the past 30 years, spending half of that time in CIO positions. She joined the University of Michigan Health System in November 2012 to oversee the implementation of its electronic health-record system, MiChart, which is powered by Verona, Wis.-based Epic Systems.
Under her leadership, UMHS reached Stage 6 in 2014 on the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model, which helps organizations benchmark their EMR implementation process against other organizations. Boston-based Brigham and Women's Hospital also reached Stage 6 during her 12 years as CIO there. She has also held various positions at audit firm Ernst & Young and Downers Grover, Ill.-based Advocate Healthcare.
A CHIME fellow and a former member of the CHIME Board of Trustees, Schade chaired the board of the organization's education foundation from 2006 to 2009. She's also a HIMMS fellow, a current member of the CHIME Policy Steering Committee and an executive committee member of the Great Lakes Health Connect, a Michigan-based health information exchange.
Schade, who was also the first CIO to serve on the board of directors for the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, will receive the award on April 14 at HIMSS' annual conference in Chicago.
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