VHA Appoints Russell Lewis as Chief Information and Technology Officer [Professional Services Close - Up]
(Professional Services Close - Up Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) VHA Inc., a national health care network, announced that Russell F. Lewis has been appointed senior vice president and chief information and technology officer.
According to a release, in this new role, Lewis will lead VHA's Technology and Development department and will oversee all projects related to the acquisition, installation and maintenance of major information systems and technology initiatives across VHA's family of companies.
"I am pleased that Rusty is joining VHA as our chief information and technology officer," said Chris Dunleavy, area senior vice president and chief financial officer for VHA. "There is increasing demand for innovative IT solutions from our member hospitals and customers. In order to meet the needs of our members today, as well as the integrated tools they will need in the near term, VHA must have a well-defined focus on technology development. Rusty is a proven leader who understands the importance of consistently delivering technology solutions that help our members achieve a higher level of operational efficiency and more successful clinical outcomes."
Prior to joining VHA, Lewis served in other technology roles within VHA's family of companies. He served as senior vice president of information services for Provista, a supply chain company focused on non-acute medical facilities as well as hospitality, education, corporate and government markets.
Over his professional career, Lewis has held senior leadership roles in information technology with a number of firms in the health care industry including two Fortune 10 companies. He served as senior vice president and chief technology officer for McKesson from 1996 to 2000, overseeing the company's health information technology (HIT) products. He later served as president of the automation and technology division of AmerisourceBergen, which is focused on enhancing the efficiency and safety of the pharmaceutical supply chain.
Lewis has also served as a senior executive in a number of venture-backed HIT start-ups including Ameritech Health Connections, Bridge Medical Systems, Skylight Healthcare Systems and Medsphere Systems Inc. Lewis began his career at Texas Instruments in 1982.
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